I am participating in a global blog tour to bring awareness to authors and illustrators about their books. Thank you so much, Alicia Padrón for asking me to participate! (and if you don't know Alicia's work and love soft cute cuddly animals, go check out her beautiful watercolor art.)
To answer these questions-
What is the working title of your latest book?
The 2 books I have coming out that are part of a series called Tiny Tabs. Teeny Weeny Looks for His Mummy and Bunny Boo Has Lost Her Teddy! coming in April 2013, published by Nosy Crow.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Nosy Crow came to me with the idea and manuscript. I illustrated these books. However, they really made me feel like part of the team and welcomed my ideas and suggestions, which is reflected in the books. (thank you, Camilla and Giselle!)
What genre does your book fall under?
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I would love for it to be animated instead...is that cheating?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Lost and found with toddler animals.
Who is publishing your book?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
In the point of view of the illustrator...it was alot of back and forth. There are four books in the series and the original schedule was a few months. In the end, it took around 10 months from beginning to end.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
There are many board books out there with fun, interactive elements. Noodle is another series that I adore which is also published by Nosy Crow, illustrated by Marion Billet.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
What inspired me to illustrate this is that I love drawing anthropomorphic animals. Also, the books are for an age group in which my daughter is currently in. So when I got the proofs, it was wonderful seeing my daughter interact with it. It is priceless.
What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?
There are fun die cuts throughout the book activated by pulling on the tabs. There are lots of cuteness inside! :-)
The Next Big Thing Blog Tour continues next Friday with:
Courtney Pippin-Mathur, writer and illustrator of Maya Was Grumpy
Its been nice getting to know Courtney and her journey to get this book published. I'm thrilled for her and you should be too! Maya was Grumpy is out in stores now.