I wrote this post for Lee & Low. As I mention in the article, The Story I’ll Tell was one of those amazing gifts that we sometimes receive as writers. The idea came to me in a day dream. Click here to find out more.
It’s fascinating to learn how my illustrator, Jessica Lanan, paid attention to the finest details when creating The Story I’ll Tell. At one point, dressed up and carrying firewood, Jessica had her husband take her picture so she could more accurately depict a scene in the story. Read more here so you can see how the story’s father ultimately replaces a cat in that very illustration.
A novice children’s author rarely has a say in the choice of illustrator for her book. That said, I’ve been delighted every time by my publishers’ match-making abilities. When I first saw Jessica Lanan’s illustrations, I fell in love. In great part this was because her art carried me into the story. It flowed beautifully. If you click here, you can learn about the Golden Spiral and how it helped Jessica illustrate The Story I’ll Tell.
I’m fascinated by the work of illustrators. Having no talent whatsoever in the visual arts, I stand amazed. I wouldn’t know where to begin. Thankfully, Jessica Lanan, the illustrator for The Story I’ll Tell, is doing a series describing her journey. You may see how she started brainstorming here!