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Life & Work with Aurora Whittet-Best

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aurora Whittet-Best.

Hi Aurora, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I started my illustration journey drawing on the walls behind my parents’ sofa, and my writing journey started in the sixth grade. I always knew creating was my future, and two colleges and many hours of practice later, both of my passions have blossomed over the years with many national awards, publication, speaking and teaching.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Being a creative person is always filled with self-doubt. We are often our own worst critic, because we train our eyes on the imperfections to make them better. It is easy to lose sight of the true beauty you have created whether words on paper or a colored pencil illustration. All creative success comes with trial and error, but if you surround yourself with like-minded and driven souls you will always find your way.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
My passion is found in the dreaming up stories and weaving decadently detailed worlds that you can almost breathe them in. As a woman, I like to see fierce, complicated characters and reimagine traditional mythologies with strong heroines to make the old stories more inclusive.

When I illustrate portraits and icons, I want the viewer to see the emotion and beauty, but also to be drawn to the juxtaposition of the realistic and graphic that bring my style to life.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
When folks that know me dearly read my fantasy novels, they often are shocked that my characters live in worlds filled with fantastical, terrifying monsters. I take the things that haunt us in real life and twist them into something my characters must fight to overcome. The scariest things in fiction are rooted in reality.

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Heidi Nelson
Fossil Island Photography

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