A Family Affair

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.

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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14 Responses to A Family Affair

  1. kathleenbee says:

    It sounds like you’re having a great time with joint projects with your family.

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    Very cool to have a family with talent (in depth and variety) that allows them to work together on creative projects. And hopefully… in HARMONY.
    I and my two siblings — as kids — produced little plays and movies (in 8mm and Super 8mm) — and later as young adults made at least two more movies.
    My brother and I have collaborated on non-fiction books and articles. [also a short story and a screenplay — neither of which went anywhere.]
    I’ve found that those later collaborations (which WERE published) — while it fueled our creative juices — also caused a bit of friction. Give and take. Know when and where to compromise. Select your battles.
    Have you encountered that aspect of collaborations with family members?

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    • We haven’t had any friction yet. The other night we were working until 2 am (my mom and sister are both 3rd shift people) and we spent a good deal of that time laughing. The hardest part has been trying to explain about different publishing houses and how to get books on the shelves of big book stores.

      Do you still have any of the movies you created?


      • jeff7salter says:

        years ago, we had the three surviving “movies” — which were quite short, BTW — transferred from film to VHS. Now, of course, the VHS format is defunct and we need to find somebody to transfer them to digital.

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        • I hope you find someone to transfer them. It would be wonderful to be able to go back and watch them.


          • jeff7salter says:

            well, I’ve seen transfer kits that aren’t terribly expensive. My issue is that neither of our VCR machines are working anymore.
            What I need to acquire is a new 4-track VCR which has a built-in module to convert the tapes to digital form. I don’t want to save them to DVDs either — because before I complete the project, that format will be dead also. I want them to be uploaded directly to my computer as video files.
            And I have another 100 factory VHS tapes of feature films that I’d like to convert and upload.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I always loved making music with my daughters. We’d harmonize around the piano. We sang in church choirs together and played in the handbell group. I agree, it’s a wonderful way to bond as a family. Looking forward to seeing the finished projects!

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  4. How wonderful! My grandson gave the premise of a story to me and I have asked for his input throughout it. He has never asked me for mush input into his stories.
    Maybe you can get a light-box for your mother, or just dark-lined graph paper, so she can do an over-lay of plain paper to draw her pictures on? I will be anxious to see the completed book!

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    • How wonderful it is to get input from your grandson!

      My sister and I have both talked about getting mom a tracing table. I think I need to start pricing some since there are several more projects that she will be doing. I’m also teaching my mom how to use the computer programs (I use 2 different ones) that I use to finish up the illustrations. If we get her the tracing table it would make the computer part of it go a lot faster.


  5. jeff7salter says:

    testing a comment

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