Lesser Known FAQs About Me
Just incase you were wondering…
Did you always aspire to be an artist?
I’ve tried a variety of jobs over my lifetime. Pet store clerk, life insurance agent, cosmetologist, graphics t-shirt designer, monument engraver, senior home activities director, children’s art teacher. I just couldn’t stick with any of them. Finally, in 1995, I realized that the reason I was failing was because God put me here to be an artist. Creating art is something I’ve always done. It never occurred to me to get paid for it! Art is the only thing that has kept my interest and enthusiasm – aside from being a wife, a mother of three, and a grandmother of six.
What is your favorite genre?
Is it any surprise that I love miniature painting best? A funny but true story: as a child, all of my toys fit in a shoebox. As for mediums, my favorite is oil paint, and my preferred subjects are people, dogs and rabbits. Landscapes are in the running if it includes a critter.
When did you start writing?
I had the best Creative Writing teacher in high school. His assignments seemed to pull the imagination right out of me and scribble it down on paper. By the time I graduated, I was crazy about the idea of writing children’s books. I avoided college, and fell in love right out of high school, getting married a year later. As a wedding gift, my dad paid for my enrollment with the Children’s Writers Institute. Eighteen months after, I finished the course… and had my first child. Guess which one got my full attention? Except for a few unpublished stories I wrote for my son, it was 30 years before I started writing again.
Do you have plans for any more graphic novels?
My first graphic novel was 5 years or more in the making. That included part of Book 2, but it seemed to be an incredibly long journey. Book 3 most likely will be another year before getting published. Once it is finished, I will be done, unless I can get a staff together to produce another. Writing, designing, illustrating, and publishing a book alone monopolizes your whole life. Until you do it for yourself, you can’t imagine how much work goes into it. I have several new book ideas, but I think I’ll just write them unillustrated and let the reader use his/her imagination.
With all the things you do, why add publishing to the list?
Simple. I wanted my books to get printed and in the hands of readers as soon as possible. There’s no better way than doing it yourself! Big publishing houses may give authors a nice Advance, but the royalties after that are very small and the author is still required to arrange his own school visits and book signings, as well as market his books. Also, once you submit a manuscript to a publisher, it could be a year or two before it gets published, if you are lucky enough to get it accepted. Ingram lists my books in their catalog that is distributed to every school, library and book store around the world. They also set up my titles with Amazon.com and makes them available to all other online book stores. I certainly would be open to working with a big publisher, but I’m okay with doing it myself.
What children's books are on the horizon?
I Had A Pony is a story about a boy named Isaiah who gets a pony for his first birthday. As the story progresses, we watch him grow bigger over the years, as the pony seems to get smaller until he is too small to ride. Another book in the design stage is Lyddy Lu And The List. It relates something of my own childhood: not being able to remember things. And lastly, a sequel to A Bunny’s Sojourn, for Easter time, 2017.