BIG NEWS TODAY! I've been dying to share the exciting news that my husband and I have written and illustrated a book series and it's just been announced in Publishers Weekly today! The First book LOLA DUTCH IS A LITTLE BIT MUCH is scheduled to launch late 2017/early 2018. This is a dream come true on so many levels.
LOLA DUTCH is an impulsive, over the top, all or nothing personality with a tendency towards creative genius in everything she does. And she just got her very own book deal:)
You could say the creation of this character is something that's been in the works for years. So you'll need a little backstory:
Since the early age of 8 I knew I'd write and illustrate picture books as my career. With a degree in Musical Theater and just as much private training in art, my art career was always aimed with this in mind.
Fast forward to when I met my husband Kenneth the first day of class in our musical theater program in college. I knew very early on that we made a great team. With his years of experience in storytelling in the classroom and on the stage, and my dream of creating characters for children to love, we knew if we worked hard enough, we could create a dynamite act.
After years of studying, writing, drafting, editing and learning how to work together, Kenneth and I have created LOLA DUTCH...a book series that has been in our heads and hearts for a very long time. In fact, you may already recognize or even own early drafts of these characters from prints in my shop:)
We are thrilled to announce that our book was acquired at auction by Bloomsbury US and Bloomsbury UK with more on the way! Lola and her team of sidekicks are antsy to make their debut with the first book release in a little over 18 months! It sounds so far away, but we will be sharing LOLA DUTCH with you in delightful bits and fascinating pieces before then. We can't wait!
Here is the Publishers Weekly article on it today, if you care to know details:)
You can join LOLA DUTCH on her own Instagram page here at @loladutch too! It's the very beginning of an exciting journey with this little girl that is just too much.
So much magic to come!