How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Since I'm still looking to find my genre, I'll leave some wiggle room on this one. I will say this, I love drawing girls doing cool stuff. Because girls are awesome! I am a champion of girls. Chapter books, middle grade, covers, I'm there. Where I falter is style and that's what I'm searching for.
Why do I write what I write?
I fall in love with my characters and feel physical unrest unless I get them on the page. At least, that's what writing novels means to me. Pulling an entire book out of an idea is a haul and I don't think anyone does it unless they absolutely love it. I love it. Mostly I write what I write because it's impossible to ignore all these characters stabbing me in the brain until they're out and about on their own.
How does my individual writing/illustrating process work?
I'm more patient with writing than I am with illustrating. If I screw up a draft, I'll look for help and seek feedback for what's not working. Then after I've talked with some trusted CPs (you know who you are! <3) I'll always dive back in and tweak until it's passable. When it comes to illustration, I envision a composition or an idea, maybe make a sketch/maybe not, and then I'll bust it out. If it looks like it's happening, I'll keep going. If not, I'll scrap it and move onto the next. But this is for my own work, as I'm feeling it out. Oftentimes, I'll revisit an abandoned illo and take another crack at it. If it's an illustration I've been hired to do, I'm all business and it gets done, no matter what. I think in a lot of ways, that pressure can be really helpful.
Since I do the majority of my work on my computer, ideas on paper are doodles and notes. Lots of hyphens and exclamation points when I write stuff down!