Most people who aren’t in the business of making picture books are shocked to learn that the author and illustrator rarely (if ever!) speak to each other while working on a book. Today on the Writer’s Rumpus blog, I share my experiences making books w/ illustrators Kate Kronreif (BRAINSTORM!) and Mariona Cabassa (WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW) and how I believe it is this arms-length collaboration that creates that intangible magic we find in children’s books. I hope you enjoy!
I was so honored to be a part of author Tara Lazar’s FABULOUS Storystorm challenge this year! For those unaware, every day for the month of January, guest bloggers join Tara in bringing writers inspiration, tips, and exercises for igniting new story ideas. The challenge is to come up with at least one idea for every day of the month!
This is my 7th year participating in Storystorm as a writer and my FIRST time guest blogging (Kind of a bucket list item for me!) so it was very exciting. Read my post here:
Things have been busy in my world lately with all the promotion of BRAINSTORM! and the upcoming release of WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW, not to mention several more books in various states of negotiation and contract prep. It’s ALL the wonderful kind of “busy,” but it has left me with little time to do what I love the most: WRITE! So, thanks to my fabulously supportive husband, I was able to carve out 3 1/2 days in an isolated cabin up in the woods at the Highlights Foundation campus in PA. I spent the entire time writing new drafts, revising old drafts, journaling/thinking about new stories, reading and eating (the food there is phenomenal and the best part is I don’t have to cook any of it!) I wrote a poem while I was up there, so sharing it with you here. This pretty much sums it up:
Happy New Year! It was so exciting to start the year off with not one, but TWO features on January 1st!
Author Ellen Leventhal featured me on her blog and you can read the full interview HERE.
And Jonathan Humble, editor of The Dirigible Balloon, an AMAZING website for children’s poetry, featured me on the site HERE. He also uploaded three of my poems: “The Blue Balloon,” “When Butter Flies,” and “Oh, Nuggets!”
Having your book receive ANY review from Kirkus is kind of a big deal, but then to receive a GOOD review from them is, well, pretty awesome! (They are known for being, um, hard to please! lol) So I’m excited to share that they seem to like WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW! Read the full review HERE!