Cindy Wheeler was born in Montgomery, Ala., and grew up in the Appalachian mountains of Wise County, Va., and Henderson County, N.C. She attended Auburn University, graduating with a BFA in Graphic Arts in 1977. Wheeler’s first book, A Good Day, A Good Night, was a senior thesis project reworking a story she had created with her aunt, who was a first grade teacher. After graduating, Wheeler worked for a year at a Nashville bookstore. In 1978, Wheeler moved to New York City where she worked for the publisher Alfred A. Knopf and took graduate courses at the School of Visual Arts. A Good Day, A Good Night was published in 1980, and Wheeler became a freelance writer and illustrator of children’s books.
In the late 1980s, Wheeler and her family moved from their home in Cold Spring, N.Y., to Asheville, N.C., so that her children could be nearer their grandparents. Wheeler and her husband owned and operated a bookstore in Asheville that specialized in children’s books. She continued to write and illustrate books for children through the 1990s. In the early 2000s, Wheeler moved to Marin County, Calif., seeking expanded opportunities for work as a commercial illustrator. She began studying landscape painting, as well. She recently spent six months in South Africa working with endangered cheetahs and painting the African landscape.
Cindy Wheeler writes and illustrates books for preschoolers and early readers. Many of her books feature characters based on her cats.
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Photo courtesy of Cindy Wheeler.
Last updated on May 30, 2008.