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May 15, 2013
A recent experiment-piece I call “Tail of Regret.” I don’t know
if it means anything to anyone besides me.
April 18, 2013
I was invited to the Next Big Thing Blog Tour by my colleague
Emma Virjan (check her out).
This “Tag—you’re it!” chain-blog guides you through exciting
new works and works-in-progress by book authors and illustrators around the globe.
Each blogger answers the following ten questions, and then tosses the ball to others!
1) What is the working title of your next book?
“Toad Song.” I've completed a sketched-out dummy, and am working on the first
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
I love sitting outside in the Texas night and listening to the critters;
especially the enthusiastic toads, who seem to clam up whenever I go looking for them!
3) What genre does your book fall under?
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Kids, for sure. Chipmunk would be a good voice role for “Sally” from Mad Men,
Kiernan Shipka. And Toad seems right for “Finn” from Army Wives,
John White Jr.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A chipmunk living under a house porch step can’t sleep because of the constant
croaking of the toads. He complains, but then starts listening to their song.
The verses take him on a nature tour of the mysteries of the night, and he finds
something special in it just for him. (...I know, that’s three sentences.)
6) Who is publishing your book?
I’m accepting offers...
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
About a week
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The closest I can think of is “Little Owl’s Night,” by my friend
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I suppose I could trace it back to my dad, who has taken me camping and on
night nature walks since I was a kid.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
The illustrations will be a sort of fabric collage, stitched together with embroidery
and dotted with little embellishments like beads and such. Sort of a crazy quilt.
In my next regular blog entry, I’ll show you my other, very different picture book
dummy for a story called “Not All Fluff.”
And now I volley to two very talented and accomplished colleagues:
Sheree Boyd (check her out)...
...and Marti Major (check her out).
February 8, 2013
This weekend is the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
conference in Austin—woo hoo! For the occasion, I made new promo cards with a
recipe for my famous Cheesy Corn Muffins. And introducing my new characters, Little Bat
(To see image larger, just click on the image.)
For earlier blog entries, go to 2012.
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