My new picture book Stellarphant is out in November this year. I’ve been working on it since 2014, so it’s been 7 years in the making.
That might not seem like much compared to Jurassic Park‘s ’65 million years in the making’. But it’s still a lot … but I digress.
I drew the first sketch for what would become Stellarphant on a whim in June 2014. I was sitting with my illustrator buddies in a cottage on Rottnest Island for our annual SCBWI WA Retreat, when I started sketching an elephant and a penguin in spacesuits. No reason why – it just came out on the page. I added some colour and there was the beginnings of a story. The image stayed with me, and I started trying to write something to go with it.
Hello readers! I’m struggling to find the right words for this post; it’s been a very big week in a very big month in a very crazy year and I’m barely keeping my eyes open. I’m sure many parents feel the same at the end of CBCA Book Week. As a complete sucker for punishment, on top of all this, I decided to run a livestreamed double book launch this morning. If you missed it, you can check out the recording below.
I love making book trailers. It makes the armchair-movie-director in me feel very satisfied!
It’s a great challenge to make a movie that will give readers a sense of what the book is about; it’s also very exciting to find just the right music and sound effects that will bring the story to life.