|In a 1993 conversation with Robin Jennings Stahl,
then an editor at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, I mentioned my interest in doing feature
illustrations. Though she was intrigued by my portfolio, Robin had no immediate
need for a
freelance illustrator. Suddenly, inspiration tapped me on the
shoulder and I threw out some ideas about how
illustrations could be used. One of these was the concept of an illustrated folk tale for adults.
She agreed to give it a try, and promised to run the first story within
two weeks in Focus Magazine, the full-color Sunday
supplement to the paper. Appearing once or twice a month over the next
three years, the concept of 'Visual Fiction' became a series of
twenty-four illustrated stories through which I could explore many
uncharted regions of my imagination. I've selected a few to share with
I own the rights to these stories and am interested in any ideas you may have for reprinting and perhaps expanding the collection.
Text and Illustrations © 1999 Ilene Winn-Lederer