Last week, I soaked up some lovely Fall weather in New York and chatted with Maria Russo from the New York Times! Each week, they do a Facebook Live Art Video, sharing the work of kitlit author/illustrators, and I'm so happy I got to jump in and share my process with you guys. The video is based around How To Make Friends With A Ghost and I shared a bit about the book while working on an illustration (which, thank goodness, I finished in a half hour!)
Thank you to everyone who joined in, asked wonderful questions and gave praise for the book. I'm truly humbled. And what fun, to talk about making art, when so often it is such a solitary process! A half hour went by fast, and I was unusually calm, despite my nerves!
Also HUGE thank you to my girl Meera Lee Patel who took me under her wing in NY (having lived there before). She navigated us through the Subways, showed me the best pizza place in Brooklyn and took photos during the event. (I would have been lost and starving without her.) We also had two other ladies from the Warren in NY (totally lucky coincidence!) Jenny Robinson and Lauren Lowen were there for Watkins business and we got to hang with them! Lauren found a new friend in our Airbnb and we all wanted to steal him.
The calendar gods were on our side big time. My editor, Tara, from Tundra was in NY on business and we got to have the nicest dinner to discuss books and life and food. I love her and could talk to her for days. DAYS. (we love talking so much that I forgot to take a photo!)
On the last day, we met up with Mari Andrew, who has a book coming out in April, and who was a serious breath of fresh air. She's funny and real and felt like an immediate friend. We also got to visit with Matthew Forsythe who's work I've long admired. It was a dream to meet him and while it was hard to keep my composure and not let my fangirl come out, it was so great talking about his past and future projects. What a gem!
Above, we're pictured in Central Park BECAUSE Meera did a painting video for her upcoming book, My Friend Fear, which I cannot wait to read. Getting to know her these last couple of months has been life giving and I'm so proud of her and her work.
Thank you again to Tundra, The New York Times, and everyone who made the trip a dream.
Yesterday, not so very far from NY, the book also made its way onto The Morning Show in Toronto for Janet Joy Wilson’s spooky October book picks! Isn't her costume amazing?! She pulled out the best from the book, highlighting the details and the overarching storyline in such a caring way.
Thanks again to everyone who watched the NYT video. As you can see, there are loads of artist videos on there that educate and inspire, so dig into them! I know I've got a couple in my queue that I can't wait to watch.
Have a spooky Thursday little goblins!
PS - Tonight if you're in Nashville, we're having a Halloween drawing night at The Warren - stop by from 6-8!