PB&J EP 6: Jamie Deenihan & Lorraine Rocha

“PB&J: Interview with Jamie Deenihan & Lorraine Rocha creators of “When Grandma Gives you a Lemon Tree”

Episode summary: 

Today Ale @readwithriver interviews writer Jamie L. Deenihan and illustrator Lorraine Rocha the creators of the hugely popular 2019 release “When Grandma Gives you a Lemon Tree” and the 2020 new release follow up “When Grandpa Gives You a Tool Box.” They talk about their journey to publishing, their plans for the future, and advice for aspiring authors and illustrators looking to make it in Children’s publishing!

Note from Author Jamie L. Deenihan: 

One aspect of “When Grandpa Gives you a  Toolbox” that was not mentioned in this interview but is deeply important to the purpose of this book is, “addressing the stigma of dolls and boys and and the male role model not only accepting but taking action and getting involved and the community coming together because individual projects/skills can help benefit a few others which can turn into something much larger and so much more!!”

Topics discussed in this episode: 

-Topic 1 Jamie’s Journey to becoming a published author  [1:31]

-Topic 2 Lorraine’s Journey to Illustration [9:25]

-Topic 3 From Vision to Product [14:26]

-Topic 4  Why don’t publishers like rhyming books? [12:18]

-Topic 5 Future Projects [19:00]

-Topic 6 Illustrator-Writer Relationship (20:12)

-Topic 7 Advice for Aspiring Writers (23:40)

-Topic 8 Advice for Aspiring Illustrators (26:50)

-Topic 9 Secrets hidden in the books (29:43)

Instagram for the Creators mentioned in this episode:

1- Publisher of this Book @sterlingkidsbooks

2- Author Jamie L. Deenihan @jlbdeenihan

3- Illustrator Lorraine Rocha @lorraine.rocha.art

Resources for Authors and Illustrators

Society for children’s book writers and illustrators: https://www.scbwi.org/

Jane Hedlund’s 12 Picture Books in 12 Months Challenge 12 x 12 Challenge

Jane and Heidi Yolen’s Picture Book Bootcamp


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