Photograph by Phyllis Meredith Photography
Hi. I’m J. C. Phillipps. The “J” stands for Julie, so if you meet me, you can call me that.
I live in Connecticut where I write and illustrate picture books. I feel fortunate to have a job that allows me to work in flannel pajama pants.
Oh. That’s not enough for you. Well, keep reading!
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Author/Illustrator J. C. Phillipps grew up in Perrysburg, Ohio where she spent most Saturdays taking classes at the Toledo Museum of Art.
After graduating as Valedictorian of Mason Senior High School, she went to study art and theater at Hope College in Holland, MI. It was during her time at Hope that Ms. Phillipps first studied playwriting, which taught her about characters and plot development, and is why she writes dialog better than narrative.
Ms. Phillipps lived in New York and Chicago for brief amounts of time before settling down in Boston, where she earned her MA at Emerson College and got married.
For two and a half years, she taught the Kindergarten – 1st Grade group at an after-school program which exposed her to a great amount of children’s books. That’s when she first started getting serious about a career in writing and illustrating.
Ms. Phillipps moved to Connecticut, had a son, acquired a cat, and joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI.) She attended a SCBWI Illustration Day in New York, where she acquired an agent and, soon after, sold her first book, Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed.
Ms. Phillipps works out of a room in her home which is filled with bookshelves, colorful paper, Post-It notes, and cocoa mugs. When not working, she loves to watch Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Survivor with her son. Yes, she lets him watch Game of Thrones.
Ms. Phillipps is also a collage and watercolor artist who shows her work in the Greater Hartford area. She is a founding member of the WeHa Artists Emporium.
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