Monthly Archives: February 2013

Otis and the Puppy Tour Dates


I’m really looking forward to visiting these great bookstores in March!

Tuesday, March 12th, 6:00pm – Books & Books, Miami, FL,

Wednesday, March 14th, 10:30am – Books & Books, Grand Cayman,

Friday, March 15th, 4:00pm – Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL,

Tuesday, March 19th, 4:00pm – Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne, VT,

Thursday, March 21st, 7:00pm – Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL,

Friday, March 22nd, 6:30pm – Books & Co, Oconomowoc, WI,

Monday, March 25th, 4:00pm – The King’s English, Salt Lake City, UT,

Sunday, April 14th, 2:00pm – Blue Manatee Bookstore, Cincinnati, OH,

If you are in the area, come and say hi!


…the puppy is afraid of the dark.

This is a thumbnail sketch from Otis and the Puppy (Philomel,3/12/13). A sketch like this comes in the early planning stage of a book. It’s a stage when you don’t yet know the book very well and everything can go wrong. You’re simply choosing moments of the text to try to tell the story effectively.
I’m always looking for mood and emotion.

puppy 7

I’ll often scratch notes along the drawing to the art director and editor as I share the sketches.
Sometimes a single sketch can give you confidence to carry on. This one did that for me.
Thanks for looking! LL