My writing has been put on a temporary hold so that I can help get illustrations finished. My sister is getting ready to publish her first book. The Dog Who Thinks He Is A Goat is a cute little story that she wrote years ago. She finally found an illustrator in our mom (who wants to use the name Meemaw Schroeder)! I don’t think anyone knew that our mom liked to draw. I didn’t know she could until I saw her doodling a few years ago. My sister saw her sketching one day when she was bored and asked her if she would like to do the illustrations for her book. Shortly after mom started working on Carri’s illustrations she agreed to do the illustrations for my newest children’s book The Ghost Tea. After Meemaw finished the illustrations it was time to put them into the computer and clean them up a bit.
You see, Meemaw draws on graph paper. The lines needed to be removed from the drawings. This is something that she didn’t know how to do. During my writing time I have been scanning these drawings into my computer and touching them up. It takes a lot of time but the end result is worth it. I finished the last drawing for The Dog Who Thinks He Is A Goat last week. Then the three of us got together to go over them. Meemaw wants to go back through and add some more detail to the dog. After several hours of going over each picture, making adjustments, and putting everything in order for that book. I was able to get all the illustrations for my book scanned into my computer so that I can get started on my part of the illustrations.
Carri is currently working on two more stories and looking for another two that she had written a few years ago but has seemed to misplace. I have three children’s stories that are waiting for Meemaw to get to them. Then a few days ago my sister was telling me about a short story she had written in high school, she couldn’t figure out how to end it. When she was telling me about it she said that she was thinking maybe the two of us could sit down and finish it together. How fun would that be to be able to write a book with my sister?! We already do so much together, so why not write together?
We’re talking about putting together some book signings that we can attend together. There has even been talk about going to a book convention. I am truly enjoying working with my family on these projects.