Susan Raab interviews Susan Aileen Leijten - Animator/Illustrator of "Hugging Hour" and "Bella & Bean".
Born in Belgium, Aileen came to the U.S. to study Animation Film at California Institute of the Arts. After graduating she worked in Los Angeles for 12 years as a freelancer, for companies such a Walt Disney Imagineering, Steven Spielberg's Starbright Foundation, and Digital Domain. In 2004 she moved to New York City with her husband John Rocco, to pursue a career in Children's books. Aileen now lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter and dog. She is currently working on her fourth picture book.
Susan Raab is a University of Connecticut Alumna who graduated in 1980 with a degree in English. She serves on the Leadership Committee for UConn's Northeast Children's Literature Collection. She also serves on the Board for the Center for the Study of Children's Literature and Culture at the University of Florida at Gainesville. She writes the To Market column for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and is the author of An Author's Guide to Children's Book Promotion.