The Next Big Thing Global Blog Tour!

A global tour in the comfort of my red wagon--nice!

The Next Big Thing is a global blog tour that got started in Australia to bring awareness to authors and illustrators and their current work. All kinds of cool people have participated--many of my friends have already been tagged! I was fortunate to be tagged by Anik McGrory to contribute this week. Others who have recently participated are Liza Woodruff, Michelle Edwards, and Dana Sullivan.

Each of us is asked to answer ten questions about a recent or upcoming book. So, I am going to tell you  a bit about Two Speckled Eggs, which is coming out in the Spring of 2014.

Here goes:

1) What is the working title of your next book? Two Speckled Eggs
2) Where did the idea come from for the book? I got one of the ideas for this book when I came across a photo that my mom had taken of my own seven-year birthday party. So many memories, and questions, came to mind when I looked at that photo.
3) What genre does your book fall under? It is a picture book.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? I think maybe Cate Blanchett could be Ginger, and Sandra Bullock could be Lyla. 

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Ginger’s not-so-happy-birthday party is made perfect with odd-girl-out-Lyla’s special gifts, including a bit of chocolate. (Whew! That is hard to do in one sentence!)
6) Who is publishing your book? Candlewick Press
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? I probably wrote the first draft in a day. But the final draft doesn’t really resemble the first draft, and getting to that took a while! Thank goodness for critique groups—I wouldn’t have a final draft or be here on this blog tour without mine!
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I like to think that this is sort of like Kevin Henkes books about Lily, or Owen, or Wemberly.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book? Every children’s book author and illustrator whose work I have ever admired has inspired me to write this book. Some of my favorites are John Burningham,
Oliver Jeffers, G.Brian Karas, Polly Dunbar, and William Steig.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest? This is my debut picture book as an author/illustrator and I am very, very excited about that!

Alas, this particular thread rests here. My illustrator and author friends are so very busy (it is tax time after all), or have already been on this global blog tour, and no one was available at this time to take this one from here. But the minute someone is available, I’ll jump back in and let you know!