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The New Year

Monday January 5, 2015

I never make New Year’s resolutions because I always break them and why would I want to start another new year off with a major disappointment? But the main reason I didn’t make any resolutions for 2015 is I’m just too busy with new book projects. Now the publishers don’t like me to give away any secrets about upcoming titles, but I CAN tell you that:

1.) If all goes as planned, I will complete the final artwork for three new books this year.

2.) Of those three, two were written by other authors and I wrote the third.

3.) Only one of the three books is scheduled to be released in 2015. That will be the second book in Kate DiCamillo’s Tales From Deckawoo Drive series. It features animal control officer Francine Poulet. That’s the book I’m working on right now.

4.) Then I will finish up the paintings for MY next book which will come out in the spring 2016. The title of the book is Hattie & Hudson. Two things set this book apart from all my other books- it’s the first book I’ve created where the main character is a girl (instead of a boy or man) and it’s also my first attempt at writing a non-rhyming story. I’m very excited about it.

5.) I will finish up the year by working on the art for a story written by another writer. I’m sorry, but I can’t tell you much about this book. The only thing I can say is that I’ve never worked with this author before but I’ve always admired her writing. She is a master of rhyme (yes, it’s a rhyming book!) and I used to study her writing before I wrote my first book. I think it will be a big book for both of us. It will be released fall 2016.

That’s it for now. I guess I better get to work. I hope 2015 is full of fun exciting projects for you, too!