This week the guest contributor, Kelly Bull, introduces us to author and Illustrator Lita Judge who has created book that looks at Mary Shelly and her creation, Frankenstein. I am thrilled that Kelly wanted to share her serendipitous meeting with Lita on the way to the NCTE conference.
THIS is the backstory that would have captivated me as a high school student required to read The Modern Prometheus (aka Frankenstein). THIS is the compelling story uncovered by author Lita Judge in her new YA book, Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein. Reading Mary’s Monster was like being submerged in 19th century England and France, experiencing jealousy, pain, commitment, and compassion firsthand through Mary Shelley’s eyes.
And yet, Mary’s Monster is a book I would not have known about except for a chance meeting on an airplane to St. Louis. One of the very best things about attending NCTE is meeting new people, and I happened to be sitting across from author Lita Judge while I was scrolling through NCTE’s convention app on my phone. Lita noticed the bright green screen with NCTE’s logo, and we struck up a conversation. I cannot say enough good things about Lita Judge: so much talent rolled into one caring, thoughtful person.
“Often art comes before words to me. I usually have a mental image of the story before I find the right words, so I constantly draw small, loose sketches that fill large bulletin boards that serve as story boards as I block in a book.”