Author Profile: Cece Bell
Each month, we research our authors so that you can learn more about their background and how their stories came to life.
AUTHOR OF EL DEAFO
Where she comes from & where she is now: According to Bell herself, “Cece Bell lives in an old church in Virginia and works in a new-ish barn right next door. She grew up in Salem, Viriginia and drank a lot of limeades at the Brooks-Byrd Pharmacy downtown.”
Where she studied: Bell studied art at the College of William and Mary (the same alma mater as our YA November author, Josh Sundquist)! She also holds a graduate degree in illustration and design from Kent State University.
You might know her from: Bell is maybe best known for her three tales about Sock Monkey: Sock Monkey Goes to Hollywood: A Star is Bathed , Sock Monkey Boogie Woogie: A Friend is Made , and Sock Monkey Rides Again . Her book Rabbit and Robot won the Geisel Honor and El Deafo won both the Newbery Honor and the Eisner award.
When’s she’s not writing: Bell loves: “Plenty of sleep, dog-walking, talking to Sam, fun food, and, I guess, eating at Wendy‘s.” - 7-imp
Bell on writing: What makes El Deafo different from her other works: “I’ve been writing and illustrating children’s books for 15 years. El Deafo is not my first book. It is, however, my first graphic novel. I had been making picture books and early chapter books. I wasn’t ready to talk about my deafness just yet. I didn’t want to be pigeonholed as “that deaf author and illustrator”; I wanted to be known as “that AWESOME author and illustrator.” I needed to get a lot of books under my belt before I was ready to tackle my experiences as a deaf person. Perhaps now I will be known as “that AWESOME author and illustrator who just happens to be deaf.” That sounds OK!” -Bell
There’s so much more to know: I’m completely obsessed with this Guardian article where Cece Bell demonstrates her creative process for El Deafo . Read it and see it here.