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"Behind the book"

A behind-the-scenes video detailing the process of writing and illustrating Home in the Woods.


Eliza Wheeler is an illustrator and author of books for kids, teens, and the young at heart. Her book Miss Maple’s Seeds was a NYT bestseller, and her book Home in the Woods was dubbed “Gorgeous” by the New York Times book review. Eliza is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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New Piece: Mother West Wind

January 7, 2013

I wanted to share with you my latest personal work, which I finished in December as a gift to my grandmother, Marvel Swanson. I credit Grandma Swanson for instilling in me an early love of children’s books. She has adored children’s stories since she was little, and when she read to me as a child I could tell she genuinely enjoyed every word and picture she shared with me. I found out that her favorite books growing up were the stories of Thornton W. Burgess, particularly the story of Mother West Wind and the Merry Little Breezes. She once said she…

Miss Maple’s Seeds: F&G’s

November 29, 2012

The F&G’s for Miss Maple’s Seeds are in! This is exciting for two reasons: 1) I get to walk around saying “F&G!” and nobody can scold me. 2) I get to see a beautiful printed proof of my book, all laid out and paginated. As you’ve likely deduced by now, F&G is not a literary swear word – it stands for “folded and gathered”.  F&G: “folded and gathered”. A complete printed proof of a book (stack of signatures) that hasn’t been trimmed or bound, and excludes the hard-cover. F&G’s are the final chance to make sure there aren’t any errors and…

Current Projects: Rundown

November 16, 2012

I have so many pieces of news to share! MISS MAPLE’S SEEDS story and illustrations, Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin My first very own picture book! Coming out April 4, 2013.   DOLL BONES, by Holly Black illustrations, Simon and Schuster I created cover art and interior black and white chapter drawings for Holly Black’s new middle grade novel (HOLLY BLACK!). Coming Spring 2013.   THE GRUDGE KEEPER, by Mara Rockliff illustrations, Peachtree Illustrations for a picture book by author Mara Rockliff, coming 2014(ish). (preliminary character sketch)   THE INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN OF ASHTON PLACE, BOOK 4, by Maryrose Wood  interior illustrations, Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins I’ll be doing…

Keep Me In Your Heart

October 15, 2012

A new illustration in honor of good friends getting married. What could be more appropriate than a Winnie the Pooh quote? “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.” ~A.A. Milne Congratulations Sean and Sarah!