The months of research and writing; illustration and painting; and now book design are all finished for the sequel -- due out January 2017! More updates to come, but I am feeling immensely proud of this book and cannot wait to share it with all of you!
It was both exciting and overwhelming to witness and explore hand-in-hand with my daughter the very same docks, shorelines and boats that I had as a child. It quickly became clear how deeply rooted those formative experiences are in my psyche -- there is no doubt that Piratess Tilly was inspired by my own childhood adventures!
To top off this meaningful trip, I finally got to meet Karen Watson, the extremely talented artist behind the watercolors to Piratess Tilly. It was like meeting an old friend! We both laughed at how incredible it is that we've created two picture books without ever meeting in person or even talking on the phone -- it has been all done through email! I cannot help but feel that it is particularly special and synchronistic that we are both from the Pacific Northwest. There is no doubt, in my mind, that this has greatly influenced our bond and our work together on the Piratess Tilly series.
I feel very fortunate to have shared all of this (plus so much more in Seattle itself!) with my family and to have finally met Karen Watson -- what a remarkable summer this has been!
How fun was it to receive this photo of The Adventures of Piratess Tilly and the handmade character plushies on display at the Bologna Children's Book Fair! Victoria Sutherland and her crew at Foreword Reviews never cease to amaze me with their hard work, energy and passion. I feel very fortunate, especially as an independent publisher and author, to have met Victoria at the Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) Annual Conference last year. Little did I know then that I'd not only follow through with Victoria's enthusiasm over my book and entrust its journey in seeking foreign rights with Foreword Reviews, but that I'd join the board of directors for IPNE! It's amazing how one event can lead to a plethora of opportunity.
Here's to hoping The Adventures of Piratess Tilly had a successful trip to Italy! And for anyone interested in reading a bit about how opening day was for this years Bologna Children's Book Fair, I urge you to read an article from Publishers Weekly: Bologna 2016: A Busy First Day as the Fair Opens. Enjoy!