So I heard from artist Carol Baicker-McKee last week. The illustrations for An Apple Pie For Dinner are finished and now with the publisher, Marshall Cavendish! That means my very first picture book is on schedule for a Fall, 2009 pub date. Hurray!
I can't wait to see Carol's 3-D fabric art illos. She's been working soooo hard on them for such a long time – I just know they'll be adorable! Carol says our editor will be sending hi-res proofs soon. Double hurray!
But here's the really great part. Despite being snowed under with writing assignments (does the woman ever rest?), Carol kindly offered to create a 3-D fabric art portrait of me for the Apple Pie dustjacket. I'm honored! I'm tickled! I'm delighted! Here's one she did of herself for her own cute 'n' cuddly picture book Mimi, recently pubbed by Bloomsbury. So Apple Pie will feature both of us rendered in plushy 3-D! Hurray times three!
Causes Susan VanHecke Supports
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
National Trust For Historic Preservation