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Is anything purely without influence?

This is my old bunny, Freddy….AND my first character sketch for Just One More. I did a search for first sketches to write a post and this guy popped up. I had forgotten about taking a crack at starting this book 10 years ago! The digital drawing never made it before the eyes of any decision makers. He only went as far as placement in a sample spread and then I closed the book for 7 years before I would revisit Just One More and the idea of becoming a children’s book illustrator, again. What an influence old Fred had on this sketch and I was oblivious at the time. He too, was once all yellow calico to match the insides of his ears but had worn so thin that my daughter thought it was a good idea to give him a new exterior.¬† Nice job, and she was careful to encase his original saggy body, couldn’t bear to cut it off. When I look to Ruby, my final character for the book, she is a conglomeration of my kids and a friend or two. A regular Frankenstein, you might say. 5 1/2 weeks before Ruby meets the world, let’s hope there is something in her for everyone.

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Final art for Just One More cover...my first children's book. Launch date June 11th, 2014. Published by Viking Children's Books.

This book was a long time in the making! Thanks to a willing agent, the one and only, Mr. Stephen Barr of Writers House and the enthusiastic clan at Viking I now have my first children’s book under physical construction¬†at this very moment. Due out in stores early June 2014.

Launch date June 11th, 2014. Published by Viking Children’s Books.