I am beyond excited to tell you all that I have been featured as a comic in The New Yorker magazine! While at the Writer's Digest Conference, I met Bob Eckstein, a cartoonist, who approached me after I asked several questions in one of the classes. He was curious about our story, and after we explained that we had come to the WDC from Austin to hone my craft and meet others in the writing field, he introduced himself and asked if he could draw us in a cartoon. We agreed enthusiastically, not knowing where the picture would end up, but excited all the same.
It came as a great surprise when our picture appeared on The New Yorker website itself! I love his drawing style, and how he captured the essence of each of the people I'd met at the WDC. I am so grateful to Mr. Eckstein for including me in his depiction of the WDC and am overjoyed at such a unique way to remember the experience!
Ren Koppel Torres has adored fantasy books since the dawn of time and started The Shadow in Her Pocket at nine years old. Ren was born in New York City in a Jewish-Mexican-American family and now lives in Austin, Texas. Ren is passionate about advocating for child literacy and is donating a portion of the proceeds from book sales to Bookspring, a nonprofit in Central Texas. Ren is also a freelance writer, a visual artist, a guitarist in a rock band, a succulent aficionado, and a high school student.