How it all Began


My husband enjoyed writing poetry and actually won some impressive awards. With his encouragement, I considered drawing some images I needed for the little story I had created. It didn’t take long before I realized that I’d have to explore other options.

After selling a client their home, they invited me over for lunch to show me their decor. As I wandered into their child’s bedroom, I saw some Disney-type illustrations on the walls and asked who did them. My buyer gave me the individual’s name; I emailed her to set up the business end so there wouldn’t be any misunderstandings.

I began by asking some business questions, like would she be interested in the project, could she provide a sample of her work so I’d know if we had the same expectations for the book, how much she would charge for an illustration.

Then I told her what I thought would be helpful information.

“My daughter is an artist and has had some schooling in copyright laws, so if we have any concerns we could ask for her help,” I said.

With her responding email, I could see the flamethrower glowing right through the message, as she growled, “Where I come from people trust each other.”

Huh. Stunned by her comment, I sat back in my chair to read it again. I must’ve been mistaken. Her second sentence cleared that up for me.

“You don’t show one artist work to another artist.”

Totally bamboozled, I wondered what Michael Angelo was doing on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

I stared at my keyboard and hit, “delete.”

More than a little miffed with her attitude I told myself I'd do my own illustrations, grabbed my pencil and began to draw.

As I am somewhat of a perfectionist, I spent a lot of time looking at various parts of my body to see how to transfer the imagines in my brain onto the paper in front of me. After much deliberation, I drew it the best I could. I must say, this challenge led to the purchase of many erasers.

When you enjoy the illustrations in my books, please see the humor in these characters and know that they were created from the love within my heart.


PS: I think God wanted it this way because it sure spurred me into action.


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