Misty Reimagined

Misty redo

Since most of my children’s books have had young boys or male animals as their primary characters I’ve been putting additional focus on books with more young female characters. The first of my books that fell into the latter category was titled Misty Zebracorn. Though it’s one of my most popular books for young girls to date, I’ve never really been satisfied with the story and the illustrations. I’ve decided my next project will be the complete reimagining of Misty Zebracorn now that the second edition of The Duck Who Flew Upside Down is at the design and formatting stage.
The new “Misty” will feature a different illustrator than the first. I’m delighted to announce that I’ve selected Jack Wiens. You’ll remember the great work he did for my books Flora Belle and Dreami Dragon and Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon. The illustration above is one of the concept illustrations he sent to me. My first reaction to seeing it was to burst out laughing. Her pink hair. The hearts and curlicues in her stripes. Her fluffy tail and main. The pink tufts near her hooves. The golden wings. It’s so far over the top that it’s perfect! I sought a magical, whimsical, fluffy, uniquecorn and I believe he delivered exactly what I hoped to see. Hopefully my revised story will be just as unique, creative, magical, and whimsical.
With Love,
Russ
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About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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10 Responses to Misty Reimagined

  1. Just want you to know I was here and I liked what I read

  2. ksbeth says:

    you are so right – magical, whimsical and fluffy – all )

  3. What a girl she is Russ! Strong and beautiful!!

  4. utesmile says:

    Looking wonderful!

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Ute. Based on this weekend’s book fairs, the first edition of Misty Zebrcorn is already my number 3 top seller (behind “The Duck Who Flew Upside Down” and “Clyde and Friends 3 Books in 1”) in children’s picture books. I wouldn’t be surprised if the second edition of Misty Zebracorn (with much better illustrations and a hopefully greatly improved story) quickly zooms into the number two slot overall, and the number one slot among girls. Time will tell, but I wouldn’t bet against that cute little striped unicorn (that will soon sprout wings.)

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