AUTHOR. ILLUSTRATOR. MULTIPASSIONATE. JILL-OF-ALL-TRADES.
Christy Mandin is a children's book author, illustrator, and surface designer. She grew up in rural Georgia and credits her country life of solitude as an only child for much of her love of books and nature. You'll find this love of nature along with nostalgia, magic, and whimsy woven into the fabric of her art. Christy works mostly digitally in Procreate using an iPad Pro and Photoshop now that she has tiny humans under foot. When she isn't drawing she can be found quilting, gardening, or cozied up with a cup of coffee and the latest period drama on BBC or PBS. Christy currently lives near Orlando, Florida with her husband, 4 children, a lovable but awfully smelly bulldog, and a tiny herd of guinea pigs.
She is always on the lookout for new and exciting projects to stretch her skills and challenge her creatively. Christy is represented by Adria Goetz of K.T. Literary. For publishing related inquiries she can be reached here.
LUCKY, HarperCollins Children's, publishing May 2022
THE STORYTELLERS RULE, HarperCollins Children's, publishing Jan 2023
*PICTURE BOOK, COMING SOON, Scholastic, publishing 2024
*PICTURE BOOK, COMING SOON, Scholastic, publishing 2025
The TJX Companies (HomeGoods, Marshall's, TJMaxx)
The University of Notre Dame
Interview with senior editor, Luana Horry of HarperCollins
Interview with John Schu of Watch.Connect.Read about The Storytellers Rule
Chat with The Picture Book Lady about LUCKY
Gallery Exhibit: 1828 Coffeehouse
Gallery Exhibit: The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture
WHAT'S THE MOST CREATIVE RESPONSE TO A BRIEF YOU'VE EVER SEEN FROM AN ARTIST?
"I have to give this one to Christy Mandin, the author-illustrator of Lucky (HarperCollins, 2022). I saw a quick sketch of the main character on her social media and when I asked her about it, Christy completely leaned into it and created an entire underwater world for this charming and hilarious pearl. It was magnificent to witness."
~ Luana Kay Horry, Senior Editor at Harper Collins, to childrensillustrators.com ~