Working With a Children's Book Illustrator

Updated: Jun 27, 2020

I am fortunate to be working with a wonderful artist named Annie Wilkinson, who did the cover art for Ninja Squirrel and the Clan of Shadows and Ninja Squirrel and the Nut of Destiny. (To see more examples of Annie's fantastic work click here).

Annie is the first artist I've ever worked with, and the experience was really fun. I am an art lover and creator myself, and collaborating with another like-minded individual was a joy.

The day Annie sent me the final cover art, I clicked open the file and stared for a long moment. There, I thought. There is Hotaru (Ninja Squirrel), Valiant, and even little Nut! I felt an overwhelming feeling of pride.

It made me grin.

There is something magical about imagining something in your mind, putting it on paper, and then having someone else help bring your idea into the real world with the above charming results. How fun!

As I look back on the journey I have taken, pulling Ninja Squirrel and her friends into reality, I can't help but feel a growing sense of excitement as our adventure continues. Soon their stories will be out in the world. I have no idea how they will be received, but I hope my future readers will enjoy them with the same delight I have had in their creation.

And even if I do not manage to sell a single copy, the gift indeed has been in the Ninja Squirrel journey, and I do not regret a single moment of it. I have learned so much and have become connected with so many exciting and wonderful people. I would not take this experience back for the world.

Ninja Squirrel and the Clan of Shadows will be the first of the series. It is a novella that I am launching in August 2020. I am preparing to read it "on-air" in the form of a podcast (details to follow in the next few weeks). It will also be available as a free ebook you can sign up to receive by clicking here.

The closer I come to my book launch date, the more excited I become. What will happen after that? Only time will tell, and I am looking forward to the adventure.

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