Besides signing copies of Invisible Emmie and Pajama Diaries books, I’ll also be part of a panel for tween/teen readers:
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm: Learn from an expert panel of illustrators as they discuss all things connected to creating pictures for books – Joe Sutphin, Mark and Mary Willenbrink, Christina Wald, Terri Libenson (graphic artist)
Hope to see you there!
Gearing up for a very busy spring. Pretty soon I’ll be going on tour for my new book, Positively Izzy, which debuts May 1. I will post that schedule as soon as it’s locked in. For now, I hope you’ll pre-order a copy!
In the meantime, I look forward to presenting Invisible Emmie at Elyria Public Library on Monday, April 9, at 6:30 pm. Click here for registration. Hope to see you!
Keystone-Lagrange Branch Library: 101 West Street, LaGrange, Ohio 44050
In other EMMIE news, this is pretty great. Listed among Barnes & Noble’s recent Top Graphic Novels!
As a parent, citizen, and children’s book author, I support the March For Our Lives event that will take place on March 24, 2018. Just for the event, I created some EMMIE posters that anyone can download for free. I made two different designs, either 8.5 x 11 or 11 x 17. Click on the links below to download.
I also created a generic poster (no KidLit mention):
Barnes & Noble asks: “What Are the Best Graphic Novels for Kids?” Well, here’s their answer.
Not a bad list to be on.
Also, check out a recent photo that someone took at the Amazon Bookstore:
No complaints here.
Let’s hope this year’s momentum continues!
This Sunday, November 12, I’ll be presenting and signing copies of Invisible Emmie at the Mandel JCC in Beachwood, Ohio, as part of the Local Author Day at the Cleveland Jewish Book Festival. Hope to see you there! More info here.
I am so pleased to reveal the cover and title of my next book, which will be hitting stores in 2018: Positively Izzy!
This is the spin-off of Invisible Emmie, starring Emmie’s lovably brainy bff, Brianna, and an entirely new character, Izzy! Can’t reveal much more than that, but I guarantee it’s just as engaging as Emmie. I’ll post when pre-orders are ready.
This has been another labor of love — I can’t wait for you to read it!
So happy to be part of this year’s Author Panel at the 2017 Barnes & Noble Teen Book Festival in Columbus, OH. Come on out Saturday, Sept 23, at 11 am if you’re in the area! More info here.
Last week I posted a brief evolution of the Emmie art, from sketches to finished book illustrations. This week, I thought I’d do the same for the Katie art.
If you’ve read (or peeked through) Invisible Emmie, you’ve seen that the Emmie and Katie chapters are stylistically different. Emmie’s chapters are told in prose with spot art, while Katie’s are graphic novel-style.
Using an example from page 86, here’s a little explanation of how the Katie chapters came to life.
First, just like with the Emmie art, I started with a sketch on simple computer paper.
Next, I switched to the digital tablet. I used a (digital) template for sizing. Here it is, in all its pink glory:
I drew on a digital layer above the template, just so I’d get the sizing right. Here’s an example of a finished line drawing over the template layer. Normally I’d fade out the template so that it isn’t as pink and distracting as it is here:
Next, I deleted the template layer. Much better!
Finally, I colored in the line drawing, which was fun because I was able to use bright, vibrant colors…a little different than the muted tones of the Emmie art.
And voila! A finished page. I enjoyed switching off between Emmie and Katie chapters simply because it kept me from getting bored with one or the other. And now that I have the process down, it’s time to move on to book 2…which, by the way, has MUCH more art. Wish me luck!