It's not exactly sleeping bears, -not much sleeping at all, really,
but I am discovering that the road to illustrating picture books
involves much burrowing away in caves.
A bit like hibernating.
The good news is that sometimes
when writers and illustrators hibernate,
they have magical news to share.
I am a sucker for fairy tales.
In 7th grade, I won a poetry contest.
With my prize - a gift certificate to a local bookstore -
I bought two of the largest collections of fairy tales I could find.
I devoured those books. I breathed in those stories
and longed to make my own.
And now my life has come full circle.
I'm thrilled to tell you that I get to illustrate Lynn Parrish Sutton's story
ONCE UPON A TIMELY
with Kane Miller books.
A huge thanks to Molly O'Neill and Root Literary for helping make this happen.
Thanks to all of my friends and mentors who have encouraged me along the way.
And thank you to the bookstore, the poetry contest, the teachers
who coaxed me to read and write and make art...
Where would we be without the very special magic of having someone believe in us?