Fellow illustrator buddy and Mainer, Hazel Mitchell asked me to participate in a blog tour. Hazel and I have known each other for a while. We usually travel together to conferences, book events, etc and are Pixel Shavings members. Hazel has several books out or coming out this year including One Word Pearl (Mackinac Island Press, an imprint of Charlesbridge). You can read more of Hazel's book adventures at http://hazelmitchell.blogspot.com
So now it is my turn to answer a few questions.
1) What is the working title of your next book?
Merry Moosey Christmas written by Lynn Plourde.
2) Where did the book idea come from for the book?
Lynn is a well known author of many children's books and quite the character so who knows where she gets these fun ideas.
3) What genre does your book fall into?
A holiday picture book.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
John Goodman or Larry The Cable Guy would be good for Moosey.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Since we are still in the middle of developing the artwork, I cannot reveal anything at this moment.
6) Who is publishing your book?
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Lynn had the manuscript written, so Melissa Kim, the editor, contacted me about illustrating the story. We did a series of character studies and just finished up a storyboard within the past month. The final art will be due in November.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Maybe a holiday version of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.
9) Who or what inspired you to write and/or illustrate this book?
Since Islandport Press is a Maine publisher and Lynn is a Maine-based author, I really wanted to do something close to home and with my fellow Maine-ahs.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?
Lynn's constant action in the story and hopefully the artwork will catch and eye or two. Plus it will make a wonderful Christmas gift.
Merry Moosey Christmas will be available the fall of 2014.
Check back soon for another author illustrator to link to in this blog tour....