My interview with Neesha Hudson


I had fun talking to Neesha Hudson about her book, TURTLE IN A TREE.

Check out our interview below.

Grilled cheese or peanut butter and jelly?

Neesha: Haha this is a tough way to start! I think I have to go grilled cheese made with an obscenely stinky strong cheddar cheese and this Tuscan Wheat bread from a local bakery.

Favorite ice cream flavor?

Neesha: Coffee Heath Bar Crunch in a waffle cone. Has to be Heath Bar too, none of those sub-par imitation nougats.

What superpower would you like to have?

Neesha: I think shape shifting abilities would be pretty cool. I would probably turn into a bird and just fly around all day being amazed that I can fly and not accomplishing anything.

What made you laugh recently?

Neesha: My six year old son. He is a continuous source of entertainment. He came home from kindergarten with this one:
6yo- Mom, why can’t Elsa hold a balloon?
Me- Why?
6yo- Because she’ll LET IT GO!

It’s funnier when he tells it, but you get the idea. 🙂

Now, on to the best part of the interview. Let’s talk about your book TURTLE IN A TREE. It sounds hillarious. Can you tell us a bit about it?

Neesha: The idea for this book actually came from a conversation with my son (he was about 2.5 at the time). We were waiting to pick his sister up from school and he said “there’s a turtle in that tree.” I responded, “a turtle?” To which he said matter of factly, “I’m sure.” The seed of an idea was born and developed into two dogs arguing; one believing there is a turtle in a tree, and the other insisting it must be a squirrel. Each dog emphatically believes they themselves are correct, and the other wrong (which my son also does!), until the object of their discussion finally reveals itself! Of course, you’ll have to read the book to find out what it is.

How would you describe your illustration style?

Neesha: It’s easier for me to say how others have described my work to me: whimsical, cute, humorous, expressive, narrative, and soft.

Thanks so much for talking with me.


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