You can ask anyone who has ever worked with me, and they will tell you how rare it is for me to feel like I’ve done a job that is even close to good enough (*cough*Nicole*cough*). It happens once in a blue moon. So, imagine my surprise to complete two publishing projects with two very different beginnings, and actually feel really good about them.
One project was a lark to entertain my son, born out of his imaginative tangents in the car. The other was a Phoenix, rising up out of the ashes of another much-loved-but-lost project. I didn’t expect either of them. I certainly didn’t expect to want to show them to anyone.
What If One Day is available now on Amazon & CreateSpace, and My Rainbow World will be available through Robyn Lane Books, all over the place on August 17.
I think a lot of my pleasure (and pride) comes from the models. Of course What If One Day is based on my boy. My Rainbow World’s model was inspired by my boss’ granddaughter. I love looking at my son, so it only follows I’ll love looking at illustrations of him. And my boss’ granddaughter is DARLING, eat-her-up-cute.
Thor and I dedicated his book to my father because he always told me the best, crazy stories, and I have kept up that tradition for my [poor, long-suffering] child. Rainbow is dedicated to Thor, to Robyn’s daughter, to my boss, and her granddaughter–and to grandparents and grandbabies everywhere. Half of the art in this book got an unexpected second chance, with a whole new set of words and different story, kind of like how grandchildren are happy chances to enjoy our families all over again.
I enjoyed every second of the artwork in these books. If readers can enjoy them a tenth as much, I’ll feel really good.