Over a year ago, I received what I thought was an unusual email from someone, claiming to be an editor, who wanted me to write a book for their publishing company. I laughed when I received the email and ignored it for several days. Then . . . a second email came asking if they could please have a phone conversation. I was secretly intrigued enough to do a little detective work and vet the editor and the publisher. HOLY SMOKES! It was legit!
We had our phone appointment where she told me that she wanted me to write a book about crayons. I know I must have sounded incredulous! "Crayons?" I asked. "I don't work in crayons!" She explained that through my blog and art work, she selected me to bring their book concept to life. She wanted me to be the 'inquisitive reporter' and explore all of the amazing things a person can do with the humble crayon. "Professional stuff, gallery-quality stuff - not crafts, fine art!!!" And then, she said, "we want you to take what you learn and create some of your own crayon art work!"
She had me hooked. "But wait," I said. "There's one small problem here. I have never written a book before." She assured me all would be fine and she would hold my hand through the process. And indeed she did.
I spent 10 months researching and interviewing some of the most incredible artists I have ever met. With every mouse click and phone interview, I kept saying, "you can do that with a crayon?"
Sadly, just three days before my final deadline, my soul mate passed away. Needless to say, the book was put on hold for a short while, but I eventually got through it, with the help of my editor (who is also a widow). She gave me my space and encouragement and told me, "when you're ready, you will finish it."
Digging deep and working hard, I was finally able to complete the work on the book. It has been a bittersweet process, but I am so proud of the work, and just know my husband is in heaven beaming about his wife, the artist and the author! Dedicated to him and his love and support, I am happy to announce it is finally ready!
More than 20 artists and their incredible artwork graces the pages of this full-color book. Stay tuned for that list of artists and some "glimpses" inside. If you do decide to get the book, I would love it if you would leave a review on Amazon or other places the book will be sold and share your input!