Slowly making progress in the studio

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Ruby & Rufus is finished.  I’m very pleased with the illustrations.  My book designer did a fantastic job with the front cover.   She created the front cover from five (5) separate pieces of art and a layout that I had done.  She made some brilliant decisions—the biggest one was to reverse the layout I had submitted.  Perfect solution!

Front Cover

I am now halfway finished with the illustrations for Pearl!  My goal is to have Pearl wrapped up and delivered to Boston by the end of the month.   Then, while the momentum is still going, I’ll go right onto to finish Pearl’s Lost Pearls.  That leaves only Gus & The Hatchlings to finish and I will be caught up with outstanding book contracts!

My reward to myself after I finish these last three picture books in the Gossie & Friends series is to finish writing the first draft of THE DARK SECRET OF WYTHE’S END.  A novel that I’ve been working on for a couple  years now (but put on hold so that I could concentrate on the finishing the picture books that I owed).

I’ve written eighteen chapters so far and anticipate the book will have around 30-35 chapters.  I’m obsessed with the two families in the story.

Wythe's End Front 1

Wythe’s End (the rambling family estate) is a character in the story as much as the family members.

This will be a productive  year!

One thought on “Slowly making progress in the studio

  1. Constance Malloy

    You go! I’m so excited to see these books! I want you to know that in the last nine years, I have introduced every friend I have who has had a baby to Gossie and friends. Your books and illustrations are such a gift. And, in a couple of weeks some new friends with a 1 year old are coming over to receive the first two books in the series from us, and my daughter, who is an only child, is begging to read them to her new friend. I can’t wait to see that.

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