A little over a year ago, on a New Year’s Eve 2013, a little girl entered my life and touched my heart in ways I could have never imagined. Her life intertwined with mine. Her thoughts, her sadness and joy, her secrets…all became mine. I got to help create her and have watched her grow and develop from an innocent idea into a strong character. That little girl, is Annabelle. Or, more accurately, Annabelle-Please-Don’t-Tell!, as we like to affectionately call her, and she is the precocious, adventurous heroine of our newest chapter book series.
Annabelle, her little brother Andrew and all her family and friends are the result of an incredible literary talent, Carole Lyn Woodring. Carole’s story of Annabelle immediately resonated with me and I jumped for joy when she suggested I collaborate with her on the books as the illustrator. This past year has been an incredible growing experience for me as an artist, and I can’t wait for kids everywhere to join Annabelle and her friends on many fun adventures.
The first book in the Annabelle-Please-Don’t-Tell! series, titled My Complicated Week, will be published the Summer of 2014, so keep an eye for it and come back to my blog for more snippets of my work and Annabelle’s fun secrets!