FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I thought I’d share answers to some frequently asked questions …
Why are there little to no periods or commas in the Einstein and Moo series?
Each story started out as a poem, and it was a creative choice to use minimal punctuation; however, when there is dialogue or a specific inflection is needed, then the appropriate punctuation is used.
Do you do your own illustrations?
No; my stickmen are great, but not what I wanted for the Einstein and Moo series.
How did you find your illustrator?
I connected with my illustrator through my publisher. It was important to me that the illustrations looked real because the kitties are real. I included pictures of the kitties to show what they look like and my publisher helped me by providing samples from various illustrators to see how they would capture a part of the story and the kitties. My illustrator not only captured Einstein and Moo’s look beautifully, but also their personalities. When I saw the samples, I saw love, and that was important to me. I knew I found the right person for my stories.
How do you stay motivated?
I see writing, speaking, and coaching as my business, so I work on growing my business in some way every day. I am very motivated to see my business blossom and contribute in a positive way. I wrote a vision statement for my business early on and use it as a reminder to keep me going when I feel like I’m not making progress. It helps me to remember that this is a marathon, and what that really means to me, is keep doing something everyday to get you closer to where you want to be, even if you think it’s small.
What’s your favorite quote?
I love quotes, so I can’t say that I have only one favorite, but here are a few that resonate with me the most:
“Believe, really believe, you can succeed and you will”
– Dr. David J. Schwartz from The Magic of Thinking Big
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
– Roald Dahl from The MinPins
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten”
– Neil Gaiman from Coraline (source: C.K. Chesterton)
“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”
– Neil Gaiman from the 2012 Keynote address at The University of the Arts
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