I have so much exciting news to share. The first is news of my two latest projects, and surprise! They are children’s books.
It happened by accident. Robin Wiesneth, author of Tails of Imagination, suggested I do a kid book with her over coffee one day. She’s crazy, I thought to myself. My stuff is too scary for kids. The thought kept picking away at me though, and one night Baa Baa Yaga, the story of a magical sheep that rides an enchanted Airstream and knits lost children into itchy woolen cocoons and a boy named Simon. We started collaborating, and I fell in love with the genre.
Around the same time another idea popped into my head. Not to bury Robin who is already busy with projects galore, I asked another amazing illustrator, Mary-Anne Leslie, if she’d be interested in working together on it. She accepted, and my second children’s book, Monsters Are Everywhere, entered the conception stage. Monsters is less story and more concept lesson to tell children that it’s no good being scared of things. When we face our fears we usually find out they were nothing to begin with.
End of Mae and Mr. BoneJangles both got picked up by a publisher, Line by Lion (an imprint with Three Fates Press), so I’ve been reworking those stories for publication. I’m so thrilled to be part of the Line by Lion family with those two books, especially because my beloved friend and editor Amy Eye is having her two new children’s books published under the same imprint. Called Saber and Falling, she is working with the same two amazing illustrators, Robin and Mary-Anne. Yes, I copied Amy. I know a good thing when I see it :)
Ready for another surprise? My good friend and author (who shall not be named as of yet) also got picked up by Line by Lion with his two books, also still a secret. So Line by Lion isn’t really just a contract and an imprint to me – it’s becoming my literary family.
To celebrate, there’s a new contest up on the Win! Giveaways tab above. Enter for your chance to win a super high tech, magical cereal Obol that keeps your cereal from getting soggy while you read, and a signed, hardback copy of Robin Wiesneth’s beautiful and whimsical book, Tails of Imagination.
September is opening with a bang, and there’s more exciting stuff just ahead… just stay posted ;D