About this episode

Adventure awaits you in the great outdoors, or your own backyard if you can use your imagination! And if you need a place to get started or a little help, PJ is here to help in the wonderful children’s series PJ’s Backyard Adventures. Today’s interview, my first duo interview, features notable women Rebecca P. Cohen, author, and Marni Penning Coleman, illustrator. Marni is a friend of my dear love Tia Shearer Bassett (from The Notable Woman Podcast Episode 1 fame), and she reached out to me about being on the show with Rebecca. I have wanted to get authors and illustrators on the show so I was super happy to be introduced to them and was totally floored to discover during the interview that they are sisters. How cool is that?

In our conversation, we talk about outdoor play, why it’s important for both adults and kids, and how we can incorporate it in our lives even when it’s cold! We also chat about Marni’s life as an actor turned illustrator, Rebecca’s first book and going both the traditional publishing route as well as going independent.

This is a great episode for authors, illustrators, parents, aunties/uncles, people who know they need to get time outside but aren’t sure why, and those interested in creating their own work. Enjoy!

About Rebecca P. Cohen and Marni Penning Coleman
So the fact that your inspiration can come from filling the needs in your own life, and that the needs that you’re filling in your own life can help other people, that’s, I think that’s a pretty big takeaway. (Marni Penning Coleman)

Rebecca P. Cohen believes time outside transforms our lives for the better. Rebecca is author of the new children’s book series PJ’s Backyard Adventures, as well as author 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids, and creator of Rebecca Plants Curiosity Cards. She is also host of the video series, Get Out of the House, which shows fun ideas for time outside in every season. For Rebecca’s inspiring blog and free downloads, visit BeOutsideAndGrow.com.

Marni Penning Coleman is a playwright, teacher, VoiceOver artist, children’s book illustrator, two-time Helen Hayes Award nominee, and other-award-winning Shakespearean actress who lives with her husband, son, and dog in Falls Church, VA. She co-founded Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in 1994 and made a living during the 2008 election as a Sarah Palin impersonator. When not playing with her son or drawing “PJ’s Backyard Adventures,” Marni narrates audiobooks for the blind for the Library of Congress. For more information, visit MarniPenning.com.

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