Category Archives: illustrations

Saving Tom Turkey

Here is a scene from The Ducks Who Flew Every Which Way where Loopy distracts an eagle to save Tom Turkey. Illustrator Josh Mcgill captures the moment well. The children’s picture book will be released in April. With love, Russ   … Continue reading

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Misty Reimagined

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 … Continue reading

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A Jarring Contradiction

I just looked at one of the walls in my office and this is what I saw. I had to laugh at the jarring contradiction that is my life. It’s easy to see why I’d never make it as an interior decorator. … Continue reading

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Update On My Queries to Agents

I’ve sent out 39 query letters to literary agents in the eleven days since I decided to do so. So far, I have received five rejection letters (actually, they were emails as that is how it is done these days.) Most … Continue reading

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Many More Pages of Illustrations

I’ve decided to have illustrations on both facing pages of most of my latest book, Flora Belle and Dreami Dragon. In my prior children’s books I had text on one facing page and an illustration on the other. The change substantially … Continue reading

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Meet Dreami Dragon

This is a scene from my latest children’s book project titled Flora Belle and Dreami Dragon. It depicts Flora Belle’s startled reaction when meeting Dreami for the first time. I plan to complete the book at about the time our first … Continue reading

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