When I wrote my first children’s book, Don’t Eat Family, I knew it was going to be a three book series. Well that was the plan to be determined by the response from the first book. The response was favourable with several adult readers suggesting that I write another.
Last year the journey of Help from Friends started with the spark of an idea. I am very lucky to have an editor who tells me like it is. With her feedback, I was able to clean up the manuscript and make changes that my illustrator could enjoy creating.
When writing a novel, it is about the story and the pictures it creates for the readers, but for my children’s book, it is also about the written images the illustrator can use. In my mind, I tried to select interesting places and items that could be illustrated. Then it was up to the illustrator.
With the text submitted, I wondered what would be chosen as the images. All this time the characters and places and I shared somewhat of a long distance relationship. While I had a sense of their particularities, the exact tangible reality was still somewhat of a mystery.
When the illustrator shared the proofs of all the pages, the text had finally found the missing pieces of the puzzle. The places and characters that lived in my mind, were now on the page. This was the first time I was introduced to what four new characters looked like. Her process of taking text and creating images, places, and characters is an art that I am in awe of.
My children’s book is just flat one-dimensional text, but with the illustrations, the characters are two dimensional and live in a world as bright as every reader’s imagination.
Come and join us to celebrate the launch of Help From Friends.
Date: Saturday October 1, 2016
Location: Words in the Park – Book Sale and Fair
Strathcona County Library
401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, AB
Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Join us as we celebrate the launch of Fluffy and Levi’s continuing journey in the new children’s book, Help From Friends. You can meet author Alison Neuman and illustrator Katherine Restoueix, create your own stickers of characters from the book, and decorate and eat your own book-themed cookie.