Author & Illustrator
From picture books to first readers, from drawing books to humor to chapter books, Deborah Zemke has produced more than fifty books for young readers, including the award-winning Bea Garcia chapter books and the popular Doodles at Dinner series.
She’s illustrated books for authors such as Natasha Wing, Harriet Zeifert, Lori Degman, and Ian Lendler. Deborah is a frequent contributor of Critter Crackups to Ranger Rick magazine and the designer of the type font ITC Zemke Hand.
Deborah’s latest books are Bea Garcia: Tale of a Scaredy Dog and The Absolutely, Positively No Princesses Book, written by Ian Lendler.
A native of Michigan, Deborah and her family have lived in Wisconsin, California, Alabama, and Missouri.
Learn more about Deborah Zemke on her website.
Q1: OUR THEME THIS YEAR IS HERE'S AN IDEA! WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE SPACE FOR PONDERING IDEAS?
Deborah: I consciously ponder ideas on walks and unconsciously in my sleep, or the half sleep before waking. When my husband tells me it's time to get up, I tell him that I'm already working!
Q2: WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL?
Q3: WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN TO DO?
Deborah: Play the piano but with my musical ability, this would be nearly impossible.
Q4: WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO BE AN AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR?
Deborah: I always scribbled in words and pictures for the pleasure of it. The idea of being an author/illustrator only came as a good response to adults who asked what I wanted to be when I grew up.