JANET MITSUI BROWN  (author and illustrator of picture book Thanksgiving At Obaachan's)- 
"When I was small, I was told that writing and illustrating were fields simply too competitive, too creative, too hard to break into.  When I got older I learned it was true.  But I also learned, if you have heart, and you follow your inner voice, and you persevere, and you work hard, it doesn't make any difference.  For you will be rewarded, and you will have an inner glow, and nothing else matters."

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