Thank you to Alexis and Tiffany for hosting me and Nat Iwata on their YouTube Channel, Legit Kid Lit!
Legit Kid Lit a video series highlighting kidlit creators sharing stories and being silly.
We had so much fun talking about Sumo Joe that it ended up as a two-part series:
It was fun to learn that Nat and I have more in common than just being half-Japanese. We have the same type of dog — a Golden Retriever.
The breed is popular so perhaps it’s not that much of a coincidence, but here’s another … my son, who is also artistic, holds his pencil the same way Nat does. My son always had really neat penmanship so his teachers never pressured him into holding his pencil the “correct” way.
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