Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Greetings From The 50 States

Newly released from Scholastic: Greetings From The 50 States; How They Got Their Names.

My latest illustrated book by Sheila Keenan is now in book stores and online!  From extensive research, detailed sketches to final art work, this 112 page book took me about 2 years to complete.  I'll bet I got to know more about US geography than your average Canadian New Yorker, not to mention fellow American.  Now if only I could vote in the next election... but that's another issue.

I will be taking part in 2 Brooklyn based events this Fall to promote "50 States" along with other local children's writers and illustrators.  Mark your calendars!

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Gouls and Gourds Festival
Sunday October 26
noon - 4:30

The Brooklyn Museum
Children's Book Fair
The Rubin Pavillion
Saturday November 15
1 - 5 PM

In the mean time grab a copy now - I promise to sign it next time I see you!


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

7 Months Later

Ginger Molly Viva Qualls arrived on Valentine's Day 7 months ago and it's like she's been with us forever!  These past months feel a bit like a hazy fog stumbling back to my own work post-birth.  I've done the interesting challenge of trying to get some work done with the baby around.  This was somewhat successful when she was a newbie and slept a lot during the day.  I actually completed a manuscript for my next children's book, which is pretty cool!  I wrote in cafes on the go, whenever Ginger nodded off and inspiration hit.  Now that she is growing and awake much more it's become clear that I need the time to work when she is being cared for adequately and attentively.  So it is not without some separation anxiety that she off to day care now for just 15 hours a week, during which time I frantically get what I can done!  My current to-do list includes: creating content for (exciting, new, upcoming!) website, as well as coordinated blog, developing manuscripts and dummies for at least 2 new books and promoting my latest illustrated book, Greetings From The 50 States - oh and did I mention the endless errands?  But hey, it's real good for me to be back to my creative, productive self.  It makes me a happier, more fulfilled mom for when I am around my kids.