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About the Author

 

The fourth of five children, Mills grew up playing and pretending in the woods of Connecticut and spent her summers at her grandparents' in West Virginia. In her teens she moved to Oregon and Minnesota and later lived in Colorado, California where she lived in a log cabin and raised goats and chickens while working as a fashion illustrator before returning to school at San Jose State University and received the first MA degree in Illustration from the California State system. She and her husband, author/illustrator Dennis Nolan moved to Massachusetts in 1986 to pursue children’s books. Mills and Nolan collaborated on several projects, most notable, their daughter Genevieve May Nolan also known as Evie.The Mills-Nolan family lived in a converted barn in western Massachusetts where they had a host of wild animals friends.

Lauren A. Mills has illustrated several of her own stories as well as the children’s classics: At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald,  Anne of Green Gables  by LM Montgomery and Thumbelina by HC Anderson. Elfabet by Jane Yolen was her first illustrated picture book.

The Rag Coat was Mills’ first original story and has remained in hard back since 1991.(Little, Brown). It received the Charlotte Award, thirteen state awards, has been told over the radio, has been performed as a ballet by the University of Utah, and received the Smithsonian’s “Season’s Choice” award. Fairy Wings, written by Lauren, and co-illustrated with Dennis Nolan, won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award.

Much of Mills’ own experiences found their way into her novel, Minna’s Patchwork Coat and her picture book, The Rag Coat. See the interview

For an interview on Mills’ process of Minna’s Patchwork Coat, click here


 

Interviews with Lauren Mills


Publisher's Weekly, Nov. 24, 2015
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From the Mixed up Files of Middle Grade Authors, Nov. 9, 2015.
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interview with Mills' from Kathy Temean's Blog, Illustrator Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
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Interview with Mills by Angela Cerrito for SCBWI Bologna 2016 on Cynthia Leitich Smith's Cynsations, March 18, 2016. Click here for interview

 

 

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About Lauren Mills

Lauren A. Mills has won national acclaim as a book author and illustrator and as a sculptor and painter. She was greatly influenced by the 19th century artists, especially the Pre-Raphaelites for their focus of the natural world as well as their sense of mythical wonder. The fourth of five children, Mills grew up playing and pretending in the woods of Connecticut and spent her summers at her grandparents' in West Virginia.

In her teens she moved to Oregon and Minnesota and later lived in Colorado, California and Massachusetts where she resides now. She and her husband, author/illustrator Dennis Nolan collaborated on several projects, most notable, their daughter...read more

Contact

For questions about items for sale or workshops, please contact Lauren Mills below.

Phone: 413-695-4064
Email: laurenmillsart@gmail.com