|Everybody thinks that I get to choose my illustrators and that I know them. Not only have I never met them, I don't get a vote in who they are. I have been very fortunate in that I really like all of the illustrators my editors have chosen.
I also don't get to tell them what to draw. They own half of the book, so they get to decide. Every now and then, I have made a comment or argued that something is not true to the story. But the editor has the final say in what gets changed and what stays.
Below is a list of my illustrators so far. Click on a name to learn more about them and their books! (* An asterisk next to a book title means that I wrote it. *)
Illustration copyrighted by Loretta Lopez.