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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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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!    

Publishing 101: Who’s Who

October 1, 2012

       For illustrators new to publishing, I briefly cover the  roles of editors, art directors, literary agents and art reps. See that post on my group blog; KidLitArtists http://kidlitartists.blogspot.com/2012/09/publishing-people-101-by-eliza-wheeler.html  

SCBWI Bulletin (Sept/Oct 2012) Cover Piece

September 17, 2012

    I was invited by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) to do cover artwork for their magazine’s 2012 Sept/Oct issue. This is a huge honor, as it only comes out 4 times a year and the illustrators they usually ask to contribute are total rock-stars! The theme always involves a kite in some way (the society’s logo), and I had so many fun image ideas; funny, scary, sweet – but the one I chose was what I hope is the most magical concept. This was the first time I’ve ever worked in 3-point perspective, the…