Spring and things

Well, hello there! My blogging activity didn’t end up getting any livelier as I got caught up in finishing The Little Christmas Elf for Little Golden Books.

It was really fun working on this book – lovely folks at Random House and the author Nikki Shannon Smith is really sweet. Dream job really – nice people to work with, elves and Christmas – what’s not to like?

There has been a round of birthdays here to keep us busy and general adjusting to Spring things. It is hard to believe that Spring really is here though as there seems to be sleet coming down outside – I can hear it tinkling against the windows. So instead of feeling energized, I feel like curling up under a cozy blanket and reading a good book.

There are more things going on behind the scenes (doesn’t that sound mysterious!) – I am working on a chapter book for Kids Can Press with black and white illustrations, which I am quite excited about. More about that later when I am able to share. There are other plannings and possibilities floating around too, all too early to talk about here, but plenty to keep my brain busy.

I have been enjoying the wonders of Pinterest a virtual scrapbook where you can collect inspiring images.

I think it could be a great reference source for illustration and it is fun because it is quite sociable as you can share your favourite images with other people. I have already discovered a bunch of illustrator’s work that I did not previously know and there are some amazing photographers out there. I haven’t worked out how to add a link button to my sidebar, so if you want to take a look at my page, here is the link: My Pinterest You will quickly see that I am interested in lots of things and that I am a Pinterest hoarder – there are just so many beautiful images out there.

What else? Well, the ARC’s of Paul’s third and final book of The Joy of Spooking series recently arrived. It is called Sinister Scenes and the red cover is just fantastic. We were inspired to do a fun photo shoot with it:

Paul is touring British Columbia for TD Book Week in May (authors and illustrators visit a different province from their own and visit schools and libraries to talk about their work) and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre has posted interviews of all authors and illustrators that are touring this year. Paul’s interview is up there under BC: TD Book Week

And speaking of interviews, I am the featured artist on Illustrator’s Saturday today. Kathy Temean features a children’s book illustrator every Saturday, so have a good browse, it makes interesting reading. Fun to see the various illustration styles and our different ways of working.

Okay, now the sleet has stopped tinkling and is now battering off of the windows – that cozy blanket is calling my name…….

Toodle pip


  1. Constantina says:

    What wonderful news…a Golden Book….wow!!!…so happy for you Susan!
    and congratulations to Paul too…!

  2. shirley says:

    Wow, Susan! Congratulations on the wonderful Golden Book project..it looks to be a treasure! And your other projects sound fantastic..I look forward to seeing your black and white work! Congrats to Paul as well..what a fun photoshoot for that red cover..and my goodness, Pinterest is excellent! I love your collection and it does look to be a great way to collect inspirational pieces. Always great to see your work!

  3. Susan Miller says:

    I love your work, enjoyed meeting you at the Highlights Illustrators party last September.
    The book looks wonderful and I hope it sells many copies, your blog is very fun.

  4. Hello Susan!
    Congrats on the GoldenBook! How awesome is this news.
    I of course can’t wait to get my hands on it!
    Oh I wish you all the very best.
    It’s been while. I know what it’s like to want to blog
    and can’t find the time. I have just relocated to
    Charlotte, NC and I am loving every minute of it.
    I just wanted to reach out to you again.
    Hope that you are doing well.
    Best to you and yours

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