AUTHOR MIGRAINE CENTRAL
Interview Questions for Authors and ArtistsTell us your name/Pen Name. Judy MastrangeloA little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.). I have always been inspired by great Artists throughout history, and regard them as my teachers.
Some of your favorites? Those of the Italian Renaissance, the Pre- Raphaelite Brotherhood, The Hudson River School, and the Artists of the Golden Age of Illustration.Who do you live with? I live happily with my dear and talented husband Michael, who is a great inspiration to me.You are an artist/painter. Who influenced you most? I come from an artistic family of painters, sculptors, cartoonist, and musicians.My Art has been licensed in many fields, such as fine art prints and posters, wall coverings, puzzles, calendars, greeting cards, Embroidery kits, Home Décor etc.
Tell us your latest news.
I’m finishing up my second Oracle Card Deck that I’ve both written and illustrated entitled
It will be on the market at the end of 2022, and is a companion deck to my deck.
They are both about developing one’s imagination, and creativity, healing, and living with Joy. for “RED FEATHER MIND BODY SPIRIT”, a division of Schiffer Publishing.
I’m also working on some new books that I’ve both written
and illustrated. They should be on the market soon too.
When and why did you begin writing?
I always enjoyed writing, even as a child. I was always very
imaginative and my stories were very fanciful about fairy tale
worlds. My writing usually began as drawings and paintings, which I then developed into illustrations for these original stories.
My recent book, I wrote and illustrated is entitled:
“The Magic Blanket”.
I enjoyed writing and illustrating it as I “let my imagination go” to the fullest. It was a wonderful experience for me to create a fantastical fairy tale world. I felt that this would be a good book for families and friends to share together, and also partake in some fun filled activities after the story, at the end of the book. My hope is that it would bring people together.
The story is about little Amy, whose Mother gives her a Magic
Blanket that she decorated with pictures of a Wondrous
Dream World. As Amy goes to bed that night, a little Elf hops
out of the Blanket and asks her to go with him on an exciting
voyage to this Fairy Tale Realm. She happily agrees, and
upon arrival, he introduces her to the Royal King and Queen,
and other whimsical little people, who invite Amy to see their
incredible “Enchanted Land”.
Her Mother’s Magic Blanket was an entrance to the “Enchanted Land”,
which is a Realm where Goodness Reigns,
and all who are kindhearted are welcome to enter.
Children and Parents alike will love reading this Fairy Tale
book together, with its charming illustrations and captivating
adventures. And since this is part of my series of “Come
Play With Me” books, along with the story, it also contains
several engaging, fun filled, and Artistic things to do. Some
of these Activities are: Baking Yummy Cookies, Coloring
Pages, Performing a Play, Learning the Magic of Colors, and
Painting Rainbows and Scenes from your Imagination.
Who designed the covers?
Besides writing my original stories or poetry for my books,
and/or adapting literature in the public domain, I do all the
artwork, including the covers. I also design them as well.
Any advice for other writers?
You have to love the Art of writing in order to have patience
to stick with it and never give up. I have had many set backs
in my career, as have many others. But I don't let these bad
experiences get me down. I just pick myself up and continue
on. That is because I love doing it so much. The world of
Painting and Writing is a great joy to me, and if I gave it up,
there would be a great void in my life.
"Enchanted Fairy Tales"
Do you remember the first book you read?
When we were young by A.A. Milne
Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet?
Why? I would love to meet Leonardo da Vinci, the great Renaissance Polymath. I’d really enjoy talking with him about his great paintings, and his amazing inventions.
He was such a genius.
Favorite foods, colors, music?
I’m a lacto-vegetarian and enjoy eating fresh veggies, fruit,
and yogurt etc.
I love all the colors in the color wheel.
Music that I mostly enjoy listening to is Baroque (such as
Johann Sebastian Bach), Classical and Romantic (such as
Ludwig van Beethoven), and Modern (such as Igor Stravinsky).
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I daydream about my paintings for a while before putting
them on canvas.
This preliminary technique of "Mind Painting" helps me to
develop an imaginative Work of Art. I do the same when I
create an original story.
Here are some links to my books and artwork:
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