Welcome to my first post- an oldie but a goodie.
I'm kicking off my new site and my new blog with an OLD post. Please enjoy my stop on a little blog tour a while back.
When the guy who has written and illustrated awesome books and also illustrated your debut book asks you to go on a blog tour…you say yes.
I’m talking about the guy with the cut out paper mustache down there…Mike Boldt. You can read a bit about him and his blog tour stop at http://mikeboldt.ca/blog/
So now it’s my turn, but be kind…this is my first blog tour.
What am I currently working on?
My first book comes out next February with Doubleday. It’s called I Don’t Want to be a Frog…it’s autobiographical, of course. The fabulous Mike Boldt illustrated it, which is so awesome I can’t stand it.
I’m always writing something. Right now, I’m actually trying my hand at a little illustrating- it’s fun to bridge my previous life as a film artist with my life as a writer. I’m also working with an illustrator pal on a series of picture books which are a little…different. It’s a lot of fun and it’s exciting to collaborate. She works in clay, so the challenge for me as a writer was to find a way to use that medium to tell a totally different kind of story. I would write about it here, but that would ruin the surprise, wouldn’t it? And then, of course, I’m writing, writing, writing- so many words to write and not enough time.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I don’t use vowels. That’s the difference.
Is this thing on? Seriously, there is some really funny, fresh writing going on in picture books right now and it’s very exciting. Picture books have so much room for different styles so in a way everyone’s writing differs from everyone’s. My writing tends to tackle adult subjects in a kid friendly way- For instance, I am drawn to writing books about bears having existential crises- I probably have twelve of those. In the end, for me, it has to be funny and it has to make you think, at least a little.
Why do I write what I write?
I write quirky, funny picture books because no matter what I set out to write, that’s just what comes out. Picture books can convey big ideas through silliness and ask big questions without hitting you over the head with a message. I like that. And picture books tap into a weird sort of collective kid unconsciousness, the things kids share and wonder about without knowing why. Kids have a great inner weirdness, in fact just yesterday, my daughter asked me if I could construct a mechanical baby- how many adults would think of that?
How does my individual writing/illustrating process work?
I think a lot more than I write. Ideas bang around in my head for a long time before I ever put words on the page, sometimes for months. My husband will find me sitting outside staring into space and I’ll tell him I’m “writing” which is usually true. I try not to write anything until I’ve really sorted it out in my head and have really found the right voice for it. Ideas breed more ideas, so I’m usually willing to go down the rabbit hole with an idea and see what happens. Sometimes I write a whole story and the initial idea turns out not to be the one, but something else pops up in the process. I throw away a lot of stories- don’t worry! I recycle or compost them.