My Books

Friday, March 29, 2013

sue fliess, you're it!

I'm tagging the talented Sue Fliess, author of Tons of Trucks, for the Global Blog Tour (see previous post). I loved the text for Tons of Trucks at first-read, and I'm so glad we got paired up for that book. Sue has lots of exciting book projects in the works, so check out her blog post and find out what she's up to! Thanks for playing along, Sue.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

the next big thing: a global blog tour

I was tagged to participate in this global blog tour by Jennifer Goldfinger, an author-illustrator friend I met at Kindling Words last year. Please check out her wonderful work (sample below) and her own global blog tour post!

© Jennifer Goldfinger
Below is the blog tour Q/A about my upcoming book, due out May 14, 2013:

1) What is the working title of your next book?
It's a Firefly Night, written by Dianne Ochiltree.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
I'm not sure where Dianne got her idea for the text, but for me, the manuscript was love-at-first-read. It brought me back to times spent with my own dad and grandparents at our little mountain cabin in Pennsylvania—fishing, catching salamanders, toasting marshmallows by the bonfire, and chasing fireflies, of course!

3) What genre does your book fall under?
It's a counting book, a bedtime book, a nature-themed book and a great fit for Father's Day. It also has fun firefly facts in the back, for a touch of nonfiction.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Hm, I would chose my six year-old niece Ava. Any friendly, nature-loving dad will do. And the fireflies in my own backyard.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Capture the magic of fireflies while counting up and down from one to ten. 

6) Who is publishing your book?
Blue Apple Books

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Zero time, since I didn't write it. I took me about six or seven months (on and off) to do the sketches and art. But that was also mixed up with art for two other books—it was a busy summer!

 8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The closest comparison I can think of is Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle.

 9) Who or what inspired you to write and/or illustrate this book? 
The images were inspired by nostalgic childhood moments spent exploring in nature. See #2.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest? 

Preview more images at:

Also, this book has been waiting almost 6 years to finally be published. The original publisher was sold in 2007, right when I delivered the final art. The author Dianne and I are tickled to have found the book a new home with Blue Apple and to finally be able to share it!

Stay tuned for another post that shares the author-illustrator(s) I am tagging for this global blog tour!