First a big thank you to Marko Kitti who invited me along on this fun Character Blog Tour. I always love to share a good laugh with him. Speaking of laughs, you can read all about HIS character, JESPER JINX on Marko’s blog and purchase both JESPER JINX books on Amazon. You can also connect with him on Twitter @MarkoKitti
And now for my character…
LITTLE SEA HORSE
What is the name of your character? Little Sea Horse. He’s the star of an ebook I wrote & illustrated for age 2 and up. When & where is the story set? It takes place in an underwater world of fantasy and mythology. What should we know about LITTLE SEA HORSE? He’s fun-loving and curious and willing. What messes up his life? His parents are swept away in a giant wave. What is the personal goal of LITTLE SEA HORSE? He needs to find his parents. Can we read more about him? YES! You can purchase the story on uTales, a cool electronic picture book platform.
Please also take a look at the trailer to see if you or someone you know might enjoy it!
I met Patricia Keeler in a masterclass taught by Monica Wellington at the School For Visual Arts, & I was impressed right away by her lively characters and her success as an illustrator and author of picture books.
Visit her blog “I Like Books with Pictures” and connect with her on Twitter @patriciakeeler1
I was delighted to get to know Megan Smit‘s illustrations & writing at the most recent Twitter #pitmad where writers pitch their ideas to agents and editors. Megan’s character was so amusing and vivid.
Visit her blog and connect with her on Twitter @TheSmittlyJotter
Thanks so much to my friend Susan Detwiler for asking me to participate in this blog tour. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Susan in her lovely studio in Baltimore, and I have to tell you…Susan can draw anything! On top of that, her illustrations have a special flair and warmth.
In September be on the lookout for her first children’s book as author & illustrator, A FINE LIFE FOR A COUNTRY MOUSE, published by Penguin. You can read more about Susan on her website and blog here.
MY WRITING PROCESS
1. What am I working on?
- A PB about a snail in the Middle Ages who doesn’t like living in the castle moat.
- Sketches of Byzantine empresses and princesses
- research on 15th century England, Wales & Mallory’s Le Morte d’Arthur
-submissions to editors and agents, magazines and workshops and participating in Julie Hedlund’s 12 x 12
2. How does my work differ from others of this genre?
I’m not completely sure. Maybe some of you will tell me :)
3. Why do I write what I do?
When I was a kid, I adored mythology thanks to D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths and English history, especially the Tudors. I did my best to forget all of this as a grown up, but my old loves eventually caught up with me. I truly hope there’s a reason for this and that my interests and experiences can combine to create good books for children.
4. How does my writing process work?
I write 3 pages by hand first thing every day to loosen me up and get over my perfectionism. I learned this technique from Julia Cameron in her wonderful book, The Artist’s Way. After that, it all depends if I have a deadline. If I don’t, I look through my WIP’s and try to settle in to rewrite or edit or sketch or paint.
I take plenty of breaks and read positive affirmations.
….and NOW, I am happy to introduce another good friend, Stephen Ingram.
By day, he’s a mild-mannered librarian. By night, mad illustrator, water colorist, digital artist and creator of picture-book stories. He was also the runner up for the 2013 Tomie dePaola award from SCBWI. Please join him for his writing process on his website.
Anna Dalassene was the grandmother of Anna Komnene, one of the most famous women historians of all time, author of the Alexiad. As a little girl, Anna K loved hearing her father’s stories about how strong and smart her grandma was. In this story, Anna Dalassene outfoxes two envoys sent by her enemy, Emperor Botaneiates, who wants to bring her and her ladies in for questioning.