Featuring colorist Ronda Francis

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Working on a Book

My version of Old Barney in LBI--haunted.
The shivery Halloween season is upon us, my favorite time of year.

Although it won't be ready this year, I am working on another book for kids.

I used to love spooky books as a girl, and now I am just as thrilled to write them today.

So here's the thing: like many authors, I'm sure, the ideas for books come to me rapid-fire. I write them in notebooks, dictate them to Notes in my iPhone, or scribble them where ever I can--napkins included.

At home I quickly type the first draft into Word before I forget the feel of the story.

Then comes the hard part.

For me, the illustrations grind the creative process to almost a halt. It's not that I don't have the pictures in my head that go with the story, but the pictures seem to take a loooong time. Even compared to edit after edit of the writing, the drawings drive me nuts.

Penelope the Witch from a soon to be book.
To make it even more weird, I love to draw. If one of my books was being illustrated by someone else I am sure I'd feel odd about it. (If someone's style fit my story I would consider it--but I'm sure I'd still prefer to do it myself...I think...)

Anyway--I think the writing occupies my mind in a certain way that allows the time to seamlessly go by. When I draw I can think too much--the wash, dishes, MORE STORIES.

I just decided I am either going to start listening to music while I draw, or maybe digital books.

Sometimes this blog is better than therapy.



  1. Have fun with it, even if it takes awhile!

  2. Witch Penelope is so cute! I would love to cookify her!

    1. OMG I would love you to cookify her. If you could give me credit for the character with a tag back that would be stupendous!!

    2. I would certainly give you credit and a tag to your blog. I think it would be even better if I wait for your book to be published first! That way, I can give you a shout-out.

    3. Soujnds terrific Veronica! Thanks!

  3. I love your illustration! The creative process can be very time consuming and tedious. However, it seems you are making strides! Good luck!

    1. Thank you! It was the same with the first book I illustrated for another author--the pictures took FOREVER--or so it seemed. It will be done eventually. Brings to mind an old saying--A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
      Hope all is well Healing Mama!