A few weeks ago I was tagged by the very kind and talented Gaia Cornwall on The Next Big Thing blog tour. Life got in the middle, and I'm JUST now getting to it. The tour is meant to bring awareness to authors & illustrators and whatever they’re currently working on. I’ll answer ten questions below about one of my picture book dummies:
1) What is the working title of your next book?
I Am Small
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was the smallest kid in my class until about sophmore year of high school. Not only was I small in size, but I was very shy. On some level, it's a story about the child I WISH I was - because this girl is unstoppable!
3) What genre does your book fall under?
It is a concept picture book.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Definitely an as-yet-unknown child actress!
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
In this coming-of-size picture book, a simple and balanced text follows a girl who shows us that heart and spunk always triumph over size.
6) Who is publishing your book?
That too, is as-yet-unknown!
7) How long did it take you to create the illustrations?
I would guess the finished spread above took about 12 hours total. The one below took about half as long due to it's simplicity. Part of that time is painting, the other part is my technique of adding a little digital & graphite compositing magic.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
As much as I've pondered this question, I don't have a good answer. I'm not sure any of my lovely critique partners could answer this either.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
As I moved this from a personal, grown-up poem, to a picture book text I was watching my daughter fearlessly tackle many of the same things as my main character. Whenever I was stuck for the right premise or 'big' thing, I would step back and watch my children as they explored their big world.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?
I want this book to empower small readers to try lots of big things, including reading. At less than 60 words, the manuscript is incredibly short. With a few assisted readings, I think many children would be able to read this independently. As challenging as the road to publication can be, holding on to that future moment where I see a child READING my book on their own is what keeps me going.
While I tried my best to 'tag' other authors or author/illustrators on this tour, it would seem that many of my peers have either already participated OR are far too busy working (yay!).
I thought the next best thing I could do for the Next Big Thing Blog Tour was to share some of my favorite posts from others. Be sure to visit:
Author Nancy Loewen (author of Baby Wants Mama)
Illustrator Patrice Barton
Illustrator Jannie Ho
Author/Illustrator Ben Clanton
Author/Illustrator Kelly Light