Skip to main content

Schwarz, (Silvia Tessa) Viviane 1977-

SCHWARZ, (Silvia Tessa) Viviane 1977-

PERSONAL: Born April 7, 1977, in Hannover, Germany; daughter of Wolfgang (a professor of medicine) and Ursula (a teacher and writer) Schwarz; companion of Joel Stewart (an illustrator). Education: Attended University of Bonn; Falmouth College of Arts, B.A. (with first class honors), 2002, M.A., 2003. Hobbies and other interests: Toymaking, bookbinding, running a small press.

ADDRESSES: Agent—c/o Author Mail, Candlewick Press, 2067 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02140. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER: Writer and illustrator. Moonsheep Studio, Falmouth, Cornwall, England, cofounder.

AWARDS, HONORS: Parent's Choice selection, Silver Honor Award, 2002, for The Adventures of a Nose.


The Adventures of a Nose (picture book), illustrated by Joel Stewart, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 2002.

Contributor of illustrations to Der Bunte Hund. Schwarz's book has been translated into seven languages.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Picture books; a novel; research for a master's degree in "authorial illustration."

SIDELIGHTS: Viviane Schwarz told CA: "I began writing before I could read. The main reason for learning to read was to try and find out what I was writing all the time. These days I am writing stories because I want to read them.

"I see myself not quite as a writer or illustrator, but rather as a cartographer of places that don't exist, and a collector of all sorts of things. Still, I believe that stories should be more than just collected bits and bobs; I want them to be going somewhere, whether limping, ticking like clockwork, crawling, or rushing. So, I'm someone who herds a collection of all sorts of things through a place that never existed while scribbling down a map of it all.

"I am writing in my second language. This should be a problem, but it doesn't seem to be. It is actually a relief to get out of a language that I know too well—like moving out of my parents' house, out into the world, stumbling through it, being a bit rubbish, but free.

"My first book was a picture book, now translated into seven languages or so (including German—not by me, oddly), featuring a nose with legs, which seems a good start in many ways. The next years should show if my English skills get me through writing a whole novel. I think they will.

"Eventually, I am planning an epic work on pigeons—some time in the far future, I feel. Right now I am doing a master's degree in authorial illustration, which takes up most of my time. My main influences are Tove Jansson, Bruno Schulz, Edward Gorey, and Mervyn Peake.

"In my spare time, I like to sew sheep, restore parasols, make pinhole cameras, and generally fiddle about with silly things. The only thing I am sure about in this world is that it runs on silliness, which isn't always funny."



Publishers Weekly, February 25, 2002, review of The Adventures of a Nose, p. 66.

School Library Journal, May, 2002, Sally R. Dow, review of The Adventures of a Nose, p. 126.


Moonsheep Studios, (May 23, 2003).

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Schwarz, (Silvia Tessa) Viviane 1977-." Contemporary Authors. . 24 Aug. 2019 <>.

"Schwarz, (Silvia Tessa) Viviane 1977-." Contemporary Authors. . (August 24, 2019).

"Schwarz, (Silvia Tessa) Viviane 1977-." Contemporary Authors. . Retrieved August 24, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.