And now, on to Becca's "Hank Finds An Egg":
1) What is the working title of your next book?
Hank Finds an Egg
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
I think in pictures. One day I had the picture of a little bear holding an egg, trying to keep it safe. Then I wrote the story that came before and after he found the egg.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Children's picture book.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Since Peter Ostrum has grown up and become a veterinarian, I think Hank would like to play himself.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Hank Finds an Egg and wants to return it to its home.
6) Who is publishing your book?
Peter Pauper Press
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I walked around with the idea in my head for about 4 years before sketching or writing anything down. My studio is small and I can only have one set up at a time, and I had an informal agreement with a publisher that made me nervous about tearing down the set they had (informally) approved for use in the book, so I put off exploring the story with a built set and photographs. I "write" stories by taking pictures and seeing how it makes sense to string them together. After I built the forest set for Hank's story it took about a week for it it to take shape.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
'I am a Bunny' for its spirit, 'The Lonely Doll' for its photographic challenges
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The characters I build are excellent muses. I look at little Hank and see the world through his eyes. This is the story Hank wanted to tell.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?
I work only with natural light.