Under a spell
Like many other author-illustrators of kids books, my first picture book was written quietly and privately for my own child.
Soon after, as I juggled art, music and reality hats providing for my family, I began another about Dill, a critter who only eats litter. I briefly connected with a great agent however, when she left the area, to Dill's chagrin she was placed inside a cold and lonely portfolio where she spent years..... quietly, in the dark.
A Family Reader-Coloring Book About Divorce
A few years later, my young family found itself going through a divorce. I searched the local library for picture books about divorce. I found only one (I lived in a tiny town) and no book with memorable illustrations for our evening story time. A seed was planted, I thought I saw a need, so, a post-it note went on the fridge 'Divorce Comic Book' where gathered dust.
Time marched on. When my grown daughter, granddaughter and her prized beanie babies moved in temporarily. My granddaughter was sad her parents decided to live apart. Plus, her beloved babysitting Grandpa suddenly passed away. Her young life feeling out of her control, fortunately, she effectively soothed and nurtured herself controlling the one thing she could: her clan of beanie babies. "You can't touch 'em Grammy!" (Listen to The Beanie Baby Story). I came to understand how helpful her coping mechanism was (when a child controls some aspects of their life). The incident became catalyst for taking that note off the fridge. I wrote and illustrated a unique coloring book, CDread along and family reader: The Silly Book of Divorce.
The Litter Bitty Critter Awakens
This past winter, Dill, The Litter Bitty Critter broke out of her portfolio dungeon:
One moonlit night, an egg falls from a tree in ahamlet in the mountains. Hatched by it's Mother, Dill pops out a part racoon, part zebra and part dragon critter. What makes Dill really noteworthy is she won't eat bagels, watermelon or ice cream. Instead, Dill devours kitchen sinks, plastic, wire and other litter. (Like most towns in the world, Dill finds plenty to eat!) Waltzing around munching litter, no surprise, folks are at first scared of her, but local roads become sparkling clean and towns people discover Dill's heart is tender as a flower and she doesn't eat people....just litter!
A note about a special dog,Tallulah
Tallulah, unlike other litter eating critters, LOVES food. Watch Tallulah eat parsnips, broccoli and asparagus on Youtube:
Tallulah is adopted, mixed color and half black and half white. She is currently co-authoring a coloring book about families: from divorced families to single parent, blended, extended, foster and nuclear homes. Tallulah is also a supporting actor in The Silly Book of Divorce (disguised as Subwoofer)
More about Mighty
A sucker for pretty flowers and sugar snap peas, I share a home on the edge of a sparkling kettle pond in Western Massachusetts surrounded by gardens with my husband Gary, dog Tallulah, frogs, ducks, cat, owls, fireflies, water lilies n' kayaks.
Visit my website (for grown-ups) to view my fine art, listen to one of my tunes, many environmental in nature, and learn about my landscape design and fine gardening. Note: my adult art has been described as provocative or disturbing (which makes me pretty happy) and is for adults. Stop by http://www.landofxee.com