I have some amazing Kidlit artist friends, and at the top of that list sits Debbie Ohi. Debbie is an artist, writer, musician, gamer, and social media fiend. She generously shares great industry info with everyone around her. We have both been on similar career paths since we met in 2010 during the SCBWI summer conference mentorship meeting, and it’s been so fun to share the experience with her.
Debbie interviews me on one of her blogs, Inkygirl.com, a guide for those who write and draw for young people.
We talk about Miss Maple’s Seeds, tips for aspiring illustrators, the book launch party, and illustrations for Doll Bones by Holly Black.
Please check it out here!
Debbie is the illustrator of I’M BORED, by actor/comedian Micheal Ian Black, and is also currently illustrating his next picture book, NAKED. To learn more about Debbie, visit her site: http://debbieohi.com/
BookPage featured me in their April edition of “Meet The Illustrator”, with this super fun illustrated interview.
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All those in the Pasadena area, please stop by to see me at the Pasadena LitFest this Saturday, 5/11/13! I’ll be reading Miss Maple’s Seeds for the kids at 10:30, then signing at the Once Upon A Time bookstore booth. Here are the details:
10:30-11:00am: Readings & Activities with Children’s Book Authors & Illustrators!
Authors and illustrators of gorgeous new children’s picture books will share their work with the little ones!
Bethany Barton reading This Monster Cannot Wait!
Eliza Wheeler reading Miss Maple’s Seeds
Paul Rogers, illustrator of Wynton Marsalis’s Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! hosting a children’s art activity!
(Octavia Butler Stage)
Signing hosted afterwards at the Once Upon A Time bookstore booth:
11:15AM Signing at the Once Upon a Time Books Booth
Bethany Barton (This Monster Cannot Wait!)
Paul Rogers (Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!)
Eliza Wheeler (Miss Maple’s Seeds)
Hope to see you there!
Please join me this Saturday and Sunday at two wonderful bookstores in the Los Angeles area for story-time! I will read Miss Maple’s Seeds to the kids and have fun coloring sheets to give away. If you know anyone in the area who might be interested, please spread the word!
Saturday, April 27, 2013:
Mrs. Nelson’s Toy & Book Shop, 11:00 AM
1030 Bonita Avenue, La Verne, CA 91750, (909) 599-4558
Sunday, April 28, 2013:
Pages Bookstore, 2:00 PM
904 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 near 9th Street (right across from Mucho’s), 310-318-0900
And there it is in space #10! Totally, utterly inconceivable!!!!
A huge thank you to everyone who bought my book – I’m there because of you!
Hey all! So in my earlier post this week, gushing over fan art by Mary Lundquist, I made a joke about selling 1 billion books. To be clear – that was very much a joke! BUT, since writing that post I found out that I made the April 28th New York Times Bestseller List for Children’s Picturebooks!!! Understandably, that new fact has turned my previous joke into something of a confusion for my family and friends. I promise I will be the first to let you know when 1 billion Miss Maple’s Seeds exist in the world! Not quite, yet.
I can’t wait to share the NYT Bestseller’s List with you when it comes out on 4/28!
In other news, I will be at the LA Times Festival of Books this Sunday, 4/21! I’ll be signing books in the Penguin Books booth (#720) from 1:00-1:45 pm. If you’re there, please do stop by to say hi!
So, I’m going to be rich. Not because 1 billion copies of Miss Maple’s Seeds have sold, but because I am the proud owner of an original Mary Lundquist illustration! And she’s going to be big time. So, I’m going to be rich. Mary came to my book launch party on April 7th, and brought this adorable fan art:
It kills me! That’s me, and I’m sitting on an acorn, drawing, in a tree studio!! I LOVE it.
Mary and I met at last year’s SCBWI LA conference, and her portfolio was incredible. I was super excited when she won a Portfolio award, and even more excited when I heard she got representation with agent superstar Steven Malk, and now has multiple book projects in the works. As you can see, she deserves it.
I was so touched that she made the trip out for my book party, and created this super sweet illustration for me. Thank you Mary!
Check her art out: www.marylundquist.com
When it rains it pours! On top of a book launch, taxes due, and project deadlines, I’ve added some major website technical issues to the list. Pardon the mess around here! Because of this, I’m a little late in posting for this blog tour, but if you don’t tell then I won’t either.
THE NEXT BIG THING: A Global Blog Tour
Illustration friend and SCBWI mentee Christina Forshay recently tagged me for participation in a global blog tour called The Next Big Thing. The idea originated in Australia and is basically a cool way for authors and/or illustrators to promote their next or latest book.
1) What is the working title of your next book?
Miss Maple’s Seeds, just out April 4, 2013 from Nancy Paulsen/Penguin Books.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
The book merges a couple inspirations: a) when I was younger I was obsessed with drawing tiny people living in trees. b) my grandmas and mom all have green thumbs, and though I don’t have the ability to garden now, I would love to follow in their footsteps and become a gardener one day c) I was inspired for my character when I first saw fellow illustrator Diane Browning, and drew a little sketch in my notebook of “the acorn woman”, who eventually became Miss Maple.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a
I would love to see this animated with claymation, and hmm, who would be the voice of Miss Maple? I can’t think of many older actresses at the moment, but someone with a warm crackly voice would be perfect.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A tiny woman collects and cares for orphan seeds, and teaches them all they need to know before sending them out into the wide world.
6) Who is publishing your book?
The lovely and intelligent Nancy Paulsen of Penguin Books!
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I wrote a first solid draft in under a week. I keep wondering if that will ever happen again!
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Miss Rumphius, Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
See answer for #2.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
The story balances a fun, fictional story with a little bit of education about seeds (types of seeds, what they need to grow, how they travel) hidden inside. Kids love these little micro worlds; parents and teachers will relate to Miss Maple as a caretaker who has to eventually let her seeds set out on their own into the world.
Thank you, Christina Forshay, for incuding me in this fun blog tour!
I pass the torch on to a literary sibling (we share an agent), a talented and super nice guy, Mike Boldt! Mike has a hilarious new book coming out this year called “123 Verses ABC”. Look for his post next week.