Hans Christian Andersen Award nominee Lilijana Praprotnik Zupancic (‘Lila Prap’) was born 1955 in Slovenia where she studied architecture.
She is a freelance artist, making her living in graphic design, interior decorating and writing, as well as illustrating for children.
Her picture books (featuring her signature pastel-on-paper drawings) have been published in Korea, France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Norway, India, Greece, the USA, Canada and Japan.
Some of her work was included in the 1998 Illustrators Exhibition at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and she was a guest author at the 2004 Frankfurt Book Fair.
She has been nominated for the internationally-renowned 2006 Hans Christian Andersen Award for children’s literature.
She lives and works in the town of Celje in Slovenia. Why? is the first of her books to be published in Australia and New Zealand.