Graphic novels transport us to subjects we may never have delved into if it weren’t for the captivating drawings and the often deeply personal storylines.
Did you ever notice that sometimes, art imitates life? And at other times, life imitates art? How about art and life imitating each other at the same time? I think that’s what happened to me!
After the first two stories featuring our fur babies, Peanut, Butter, and Crackers, I
thought it would be funny to write an adventure. It seemed like a good idea to take these
characters on a road trip to a place outside their comfort zone. A camping trip seemed
like a fun idea. I love camping. And what better way to get to the campground than in a
Funny thing is, when I first began to work on this book, I didn’t own a camper van. But at
some point, it seemed like a fine idea, and we got one. Maybe this story inspired me to
try the adventure I was percolating in my head for Peanut, Butter, and Crackers, in the
Not long after getting our camper van, which we affectionately call Leonard, we loaded
our fur family up and took a drive from California to Georgia. And then, after a few
weeks, we turned around and did it again!
It soon became apparent that our dogs, Buddy Barker and Charlie, seemed to enjoy the
road trip much more than our cat, Otis. Thankfully only once did we have to rent a cabin
along the way to give Otis some space. Valuable lesson learned: Cats like to have their
own space. Duly noted!
Thankfully what my imagination ultimately conjured up as adventure in ON THE TRAIL
did not come to pass in real life! Reality was enough adventure for all of us!
ON THE TRAIL is about home and all the places we find it. I hope you enjoy the third installment of the Peanut, Butter, & Crackers series.
Today is release day for Puppy Problems! Thinking back, it’s hard to believe that this entire adventure began with a simple idea… let’s get a puppy!
Who knew that the little pup we brought home and named, Charlie, would inspire not one, but three books all about what it means to be a family; sharing, acceptance, and friendship.
The story began with a series of sketches and ideas, then page after page was inked so that color could be added. I worked with a really fantastic colorist, Kat Efird, on Puppy Problems.
Our real-life pets, Charlie, Buddy, and Otis have no idea that they have cartoon alter egos. If only they could read!
I hope you enjoy the story! Stay tuned for Book 2 early next year!