The Story Behind The Story

How does one create an original, rich narrative out of thin air? As a storyteller, I used to think it was a form of cheating to take inspiration from memory and experiences. But now I'm convinced that some of the strongest stories are inspired by creators' own lives. Meeting Me is my first semi-autobiographical story and my first graphic novel. The idea sparked when I asked myself what was six-year-old me's biggest fear and greatest fantasy? From there, I constructed the entire plot. The landscapes and characters are all taken from real life. For instance, my dad really is a botanist.

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Raea Gragg is an author, illustrator, and animator specializing in graphic novels and children's books