Spring is a time of re-birth and growth. And with the COVID quarantine, I think most of us are realizing how much we need to grow (whether it be as a person, partner, writer, or parent).
And that has been Kaitlyn’s and my goal for Spring Fling-
to help us grow. We had no idea that the contest would land smack dab in the middle of a nationwide shut down. But we are so thankful that our kidlit community has virtually surrounded us and "sprung" into our lives.
We both want to say thank you for giving us warm fuzzies and laughs in this chaotic time!
We also want to say a big thank you to Heather Bell! She designed these fabulous badges for all our Spring Fling participants.
You can get your badge by right clicking and saving the badge. You can use it on your website to show off your accomplishment and awesomeness! Or feel free to share this lovely art on any of your other social media platforms.
I had a chance to catch up with heather this morning this morning. She let me pester her with a few questions.
Alright Heather, first question if you could be any kind of donut, what would you be?
Ooooh. I think I'll go with the raspberry filled. Number one--it's my ultimate favorite. Number two--can't go wrong with a general yummy doughnut plus a sweet surprise center!
Sweet! Just like you! You are also very talented. Not only are you a talented illustrator you are also an author. Do you consider yourself an author first? An illustrator first? Or are the two inseparable to you?
I think it really depends on the project. I have a formal education in art, but have been writing stories since I was little. The part that draws me most is creating worlds. And both writing and art have to kind of dance together to make that happen.
You’re repped by our very own Kaitlyn Sanchez. Any advice for querying writers?
I’m so honored to be repp’d by Kaitlyn! As everyone says, this is a subjective business. It’s a good mantra. Everyone will have different opinions about your work.
As far as advice goes, keep creating, keep sending, and keep learning. It’s just a mix of time and luck before it lands in the hands of someone who thinks, yes! This is it.
Truth! What a wonderful reminder. Thank you so much for the beautiful badges you donated! I absolutely love that you illustrated the beautiful transformation and growth of spring for our badge. It is oh so timely!
Can't get enough of the beautiful Heather Bell, Check out her website here!
Alright friends, prepare yourselves to grow into your greatness this week.
Things may seem hard.
Words may be difficult to type,
time might be hard to find,
but you can do this.
You will grow. You will blossom. You will be great!