Behind the Scenes with Designer Grant Gould

Black Rabbit Bolt Books

In this installment of Behind the Scenes, meet Grant Gould. Grant started with BRB in June 2016 with big dreams and a sense of humor that never quits. He and editor Marysa quickly discovered a deeply shared admiration for Nicolas Cage, and no one in the office has stopped laughing since.

Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
A: When I'm not at work, I spend most of my time with my wife and two awesome (crazy) daughters (monsters). I also sneak in as many sci-fi/fantasy video games, movies, and TV shows as possible. Additional loves include the Minnesota North Shore and Nicolas Cage.

Q: What was your favorite thing about school as a kid?
A: In elementary school, my favorite thing was the Book Fair. For a kid like me who loved books, it was like Christmas (with free Darth Vader posters)! In high school, my favorite thing was journalism class. I was one of the kids in charge of putting together the school newspaper and yearbook, and that was really fun for me.

Q: What do you do at Black Rabbit Books?
A: I help design and put together the pages in each book, everything down to the fonts and imagery. Sometimes I contribute illustrations as well, which is always exciting.

Q: What inspires you to make children's books?
A: My love to create and my love of books. I remember the joy of getting lost in a book when I was young, and I see that same joy now in my own kids. There's nothing better than inspiring and expanding the imaginations of the next generation!