Author and Illustrator, Patricia Keeler Takes On the Sky Pony Q & A

We’re excited for Spring weather and gearing up for the release of some amazing Spring books! To celebrate our excitement, we’re going to be featuring a month of Patricia Keeler! Stay tuned for some giveaways at the end!


Lizzie and Lou Seal is a beach mystery for the youngest kids. Lizzie races with her blow-up toy, Lou Seal, out of her beach trailer, across the boardwalk and down to the ocean. But Lou Seal is loosing her puff! A sharp-eyed reader will discover why! When will Lizzie notice? And can Lizzie fix Lou Seal?

Lizzie and Lou Seal will be on sale on April 4, 2017.

Questions for Patricia Keeler, Author and Illustrator of Lizzie and Lou Seal


Q:  Why did you gravitate to the genre that you write and illustrate in?

I do picture books because the creation of new story ideas often makes me laugh. It’s just fun to write and draw stories that have blow-up seals for pets, bicycle wheels made of flowers, and rabbits in harlequin pants who carry umbrellas. Getting a story published is a wonderful way to share the joy!


Q:  Is it difficult to balance being both an author and illustrator?

Being an author/illustrator is a demanding job, so luckily I’m very good at keeping things under control.

Q:  What are you reading right now?

I’m loving the rhyming story of Leonard’s Beard by Nancy Cote and the button hoarding raccoon in Dewey Bob by J. Byron Schachner. And I want to be as adventurous as the Cinderella character who accidently leaves her pogo stick behind (that the prince finds) in the LOL book The Daring Prince Dashing written by Marilou T. Reeder and illustrated by Karl West.


Q:  What is your favorite place to create books?

I do my best work in my studio in Hoboken, New Jersey, in the middle of the night, in my pajamas. With jelly doughnuts.


Q:  If you could have any animal as a pet (current or extinct), what would it be?

When researching a picture book about African dance and culture, I came across an opaki. With the ears of a chihauhua, the body of a horse, and the legs of a zebra, this charming animal is actually in the camel family. An opaki can be found in the wild in the forests of the Congo.

It might be a squeeze to have an opaki in my tiny apartment, but there’s a story in the zeitgeist yet to be created about a magical African opaki!

Q:  What’s your favorite GIF?

Lizzie and Lou Seal wait, waiting for their new book!


Q:  Milk, dark or white chocolate?

Oh, no! Must I pick one? I love each one of their unique attributes!


Q:  What did you want to grow up to be when you were Lizzie’s age?

My favorite book was the strange and wonderful Three Little Horses by Piet Worm. The main character, Peter, dressed up the three horses and took them to meet the queen. I wanted to grow up to ride horses or meet the queen, or both.

Let us know what was your favorite book as a child!

Leave the title and tell us why you loved it in the comment section below.

One entry will be chosen to receive Lizzie’s Favorite Flip Flop earrings!

And that’s not all!

Everyone leaving a comment in the month of March will have a chance to

win the grand prize of a manuscript critique

by Kylie Brien, Assistant Editor at Sky Pony Press!

Next Week:  The Making of Lizzie and Lou Seal

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  1. My favorite book as a child was Mercer Mayer’s East of the Sun, West of the Moon.
    The illustrations (still) make me want to ride with the North Wind! And I love the transformation of the girl into a real queen.

    1. Thanks for sharing Mercer Mayer. What an amazing artist! I’m going to read more about him. Can’t wait to get East of the Sun, West of the Moon!

  2. I love writing and making pictures late at night in my pajamas too! And with jelly donuts… yumm! (I believe jelly has potential as finger paint…) I am looking forward to holding your book in my hands and devouring it! Another yumm!

    1. Hahaha! Love that comment! It seems like creating new books and the night go together. Sometimes I make Grilled Swifts. Don’t know why they are called that, but you fry up the doughnut and add ice cream!

  3. Hi Patricia, I loved reading your interview–especially where you say you have everything under control as author/illustrator but the fab picture has you whirling in the wind!

    My favorite picture book is tough, but one of them for sure is Arnold Lobel’s Prince Betram the Bad I love that the prince was so naughty and mean! I still have it.

    1. Annina, you always fascinate me with your unique view of art and artists. It’s like you channel an artistic vision of a separate place and time. So glad I know you, and follow your work!

  4. My favorite book as a child was a particular version of “Cinderella” that was lavishly drawn and had a lot of bronze, gold and greenish colors that made it have a vintage feeling. I lately have found it on Google Images, but wish I still had a hard copy. I loved it because it was so sad, and it ended with the prince falling for the Grubby teen that had been mistreated. The horror of her life ended with glass slippers, a Grand Ball, and a handsome Prince. The fairy godmother granted wishes, too! The illustrations lured me in! I believe I stiil have a shining knight on a white horse idea in my head! Thanks to Cinderella!

  5. My favorite children’s book is Mr. Dog, by Margaret Wise Brown and Garth Williams. I love the wry sense of humor in both the writing and the art!

    1. Hey Karen,

      I haven’t heard of Mister Do by Margaret Wise Brown and illo Garth Williams. The dog’s expression is wonderful. I’ve ordered it, and can’t wait to get it. Thanks for leaving this comment.

  6. I’m eager for beach weather after this wonderful sneak peek at Lizzie and Lou Seal! My favorite title was CRICTOR by Tomi Ungerer – the unlikely connection between a boa and an elderly Parisianne was utterly delightful and unexpected.

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