A few years ago, a longer story ( longer than picture books) made itself a home with me. I was in Boothbay Harbor Maine and during that week, this entire story unfolded. I let the characters live with me for awhile and then a few years ago I began to write them into words, a parent pushing them out of the nest. They were really taking up too much residence in my creative mind.
In between stop lights and lunch breaks, I wrote Breaking Rays a YA novel about two young adults who fall in love on a sleepy little island off the coast of Maine. A typical love story that takes a huge turn when the two become shipwrecked. No phones, no internet, no way to find them.
A few more books are in progress as of Fall of 2017.
The H-Loop (Mystery MG)- Emily and her family are traveling across the US in an RV. It is during this trip that she finds out the RV is her now her new home. They will not be going back to their neighborhood, their home, lost to the bank.
The family eventually settles in Virginia's Shenandoah National Park as a host family, her parents working in the camp store. When Emily and her brother explore the campgrounds that summer with heavy hearts, they find the H-Loop. It has been closed for years. Decrepid cabins, overgrowth, strange occurrences and talk of a witch send them into a summer of peril and perseverance.
Coco McCool Hates School (working title). MG
Coco hates school. Loathes, detests and abhors it. Her best friend is the only reason she even goes to school oh, and the library. Even though the librarian is evil. One day on her walk to school Coco encounters a girl back off the path near the woods staring at her. Who is she? Why is she just there? Doing nothing? Why can't Coco just stay there too and not go to school? (C'mon, really). Why isn't she going to torturous school?
A missing best friend, a missing deployed father, an intriguing girl in the woods, Coco finds much more than she ever bargains for in this tale of leaning to love to learn.
Some that are just at the beginning on my yellow notepads:
Oscar and Cora (Adult)
Penny on the Tracks (YA)
The 13th Floor (YA)
New Almanac For Old Flames (Adult short stories)
Off Season (YA)
This is part of my writing process, the little yellow notepad. I keep one for each book I am working on.
(A total Costco find, 24 for 6 bucks!)
Our puppy Terra loves to hang out under my drawing and writing desk in my studio. Oh look, Medium is on my iPad, what a great show.
Tucked away in my studio, I've been working for years in the magazine publishing industry. And now, I'm jumping full puddle into children's books. I have a whole catalog of books in my head ready to pop onto the page. Here are some glimpses of works in progress (dummies) and just plain ole' ideas.
Page from Dinoscores dummy.
Halloween had come and gone but Nell still had her costume on.
Page from DInoscores dummy.
Sketch for There's A Spider (and inspirational pencil),
So many ideas living in the pages....
Shenandoah Children's Book Conference
Doodling and taking notes while listening to Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
This masked super hero raccoon pops up in my sketches. not sure what he's up to....
Fun with brush pens
In 2007, I found myself needing to reboot my art. Over the next two to three years I created hundreds of postcards to myself. Each piece was finished in a day or two and each one taught me something new.
Beth's cartoons were featured in the award winning magazine Brain,Child-The Magazine for Thinking Mothers from 1999-2013. The magazine that she helped give it's style and quirk won many Utne Independent Press Awards just to name a few. Here is a smidgen of the hundreds of cartoons she proudly drew for the ground breaking magazine before it was sold in 2013.