I have some exciting news today…my children’s book is in production as I type this! Although it won’t be officially on bookshelves until May of 2015, it’s available for pre-sale on Amazon!!!! To say I had a freak out would be the understatement of the year. I don’t think I actually believed it was going to happen until I saw that little thumbnail on the Amazon page. I’m thrilled that I’m publishing through Sasquatch Books, the publisher for the Pacific Northwest with a stellar staff that made (and is making) my whole experience in book publishing joyous. So many people have been generous beyond belief already — my hair stylist ordered two copies and my endocrinologist got one for her son, and I don’t know how many my mom snagged, but I’m guessing all our relatives in Japan will be receiving the book next Christmas.
Since the official publication date is so far away, I won’t be doing the promotional routine quite yet, but I wanted to share the happy update. For now, just an image of the cover. Initially, I planned on digitally illustrating the book, but I ended up going the traditional route and hand painted the whole shabang. I’ve had a variation of this story in the back of my mind for years and years and years, even before I had a child. “Kunoichi” means “female ninja” in Japanese and the story follows Little Kunoichi’s adventures as she learns about hard work, practice, and teamwork with a dose of whimsy and (I hope) humor. My editor and I started calling her “Little K” even though that moniker doesn’t show up in the book, and you can guess who the inspiration is. I’m so very proud of it, and I’m eager to share more sneak peeks and process info with you in the coming months!