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Robert J. Blake

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Robert J. Blake was born and raised in New Jersey. As a boy he made "tons of drawings" and used up thousands of crayons. He says, "I even did a huge crayon mural on our hallway that was not artistically appreciated by my parents."

Sharing one large room with two older brothers was "total chaos," he recalls. "We had lots of animals - dogs, ducks, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, lizards, turtles, snakes, birds, fish, and even two flying squirrels. And, oh yes, a tarantula. I think my parents were afraid to come up to our room."

Mr. Blake now resides in New Jersey with his wife and son. He works in his studio, a renovated barn on his property. Mr. Blake says, "I would like to paint in every state in the United States and in every country in the world."

"I hope my books lend the reader a feeling, and emotion, a new point of view, a new way to look at something that they might not have experienced otherwise."

As a boy growing up, my talent was pretending. I pretended I was just about everything I could see. In school I had a very special teacher who recognized this and taught me how to really read, how to pretend with words, and how to feel the words. The more I read, the more "what ifs" came to mind. And the more I asked "What if?," the more I felt like writing. So I began to draw and write in a sketchbook. To "what if," I was now adding "Once upon a time..." I have been keeping sketchbooks ever since. Inevitably, one day I said to myself, "What if, once upon a time, I made my own books?" I would try to live the character, I would go to the places where the stories take place, and I would write and paint right there. That dream has become my reality. I have sketched on Riptide's Nauset Beach, painted in front of a real fox's den, stood under a waterfall with my son, and shared stories with an Irishman in his humble Irish cottage before a glowing peat fire. For me, that is living a story, and I hope it makes my stories feel real. Find Books by Robert J. Blake

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