When I grow up, I want to be Roxie Munro. Roxie is an inspiration. Author and illustrator of more than 35 mostly nonfiction and concept books, she has also plunged into the app world with aplomb. What's fascinating is that Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure and Roxie’s Doors, both developed in collaboration with Omar Curiere and his team at OCG Studios in Amsterdam, offer two different potential paths to digital development. And the partnership is far from done.

They've got a third app project due to hit the streets this September that I'm just aching to get my fingers on. It's a series of augmented reality (AR) apps linked to Roxie's previously designed and illustrated kids interactive walk-in storybooks created with KIWiStoryBooks.

Roxie's next picture book, Slithering Snakes, is also on its way -- I had a chance to preview some of the spreads for this book when I visited Roxie in April 2012. It's great!

She's also stirring up some sort of "secret sauce", chock full of interactivity, that we should be hearing about soon (i.e., when the contract is done and dusted).

Julie Hedlund and I thought it only right to include the illustrator's perspective on app development in our Monday, Aug 5, SCBWI-LA intensive on How to Write and Submit Interactive Books and Apps. After all, art plays such a huge role in the very visual digital medium.

Hence, this "App Chat with Roxie Munro" -- consider it a Sneak Peek at the first of four illustrator videos Julie and I will be presenting at SCBWI-LA.

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Hope to see you in LA!