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.
Madame La Manatee is taking a dip in the Lethe River in the Underworld hoping to forget that she is stuck being Queen for six months. To cheer herself up, she’s wearing her newest gown by Erté ;)
I’m going to Hawaii for the first time for Summer vacation and will be back on June 25th.
Hawaii has already begun to capture my imagination though. I was looking at images of vintage Hawaiian fabrics yesterday and then painted this.
Once upon a time there lived a musician named Flurin who traveled from town to town playing his lute in the streets. It was a hard way to earn a living, and he was barely able to feed himself and his cat, Capunz.
After an especially long day, Flurin counted the coins in his hat and groaned.
“Master, master,” meowed Capunz. “Why not give me the lute to sell, for I have a plan, and pretty soon you’ll forget that you were ever poor or sad.”