books, goals, illustration, MG books, writing

Best. Surprise. EVER.

The interns started howling with excitement today when they unpacked the mail--look what we got a lovely big box of!!! (Yes I can too end a sentence with a preposition.) I keep thinking about seven years ago, when I started this goofy little story in our creaky old house at the top of Cemetery Hill...and… Continue reading Best. Surprise. EVER.

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books, MG books

Book Review: The Zanna Function, by Daniel Wheatley

Just finished another fantastic book by one of my fellow 2018 debut authors, Daniel Wheatley! The Zanna Function (JollyFish Press) offers a unique, STEM-infused take on a Harry Potter-type magical school adventure. There's so much to love about The Zanna Function. Mystery, brainteasers, diverse characters, a fascinating world that's part of the regular everyday world, but still… Continue reading Book Review: The Zanna Function, by Daniel Wheatley

books, MG books, writing

It’s here! The Haunted Serpent COVER REVEAL!

It's finally time-- I can show off the cover for The Haunted Serpent! I've been waiting FOREVERRRR (okay, several months, anyway): Ta-da! I'm also super excited about the copy my publisher came up with for the jacket flap: "Spaulding Meriwether just wants to make friends at his new middle school, but sharing his theories about… Continue reading It’s here! The Haunted Serpent COVER REVEAL!

books, MG books, writing

Haunted Serpent is in Booklist!

Waiting for the reviews to come in has been TERRIFYING, but so far, so good! You can't read the full text unless you have a Booklist subscription, but here's my favorite part: "Mitchell’s well developed kid characters and excellent caricatures (both written and visual) of the evil adult despots make this paranormal read engaging and… Continue reading Haunted Serpent is in Booklist!

art projects, books, goals, Uncategorized, writing

News and Such.

Wow, why am I so bad about posting regularly? Trick question--I have no idea! Okay, so as always, I'm resolving to post more faithfully. Here is my current news to get the ball rolling: Let's start with a visual aid! Here's thing I just made: I painted it on my beautiful new Surface! I've been… Continue reading News and Such.

books, illustration, MG books

Cover reveal: THE BOATMAN

Isabel Wixon is weird. Not only does she see dead things, but her list of friends consist of a talkative ventriloquist’s dummy and the gentlemanly spider that lives in her hair. Real friends? Too hard. Inventing friends is much easier. Inventing the Boatman—a terrible monster that lures kids into a strange sleeping sickness and never… Continue reading Cover reveal: THE BOATMAN

art projects, books, freelancing, illustration, MG books

Extraordinary Sam Cover Reveal!

Just finished up a really fun project for an upcoming book called Extraordinary Sam  (by Kevin A. Springer, published by BookFish Books) ... I got to do the cover art! It's a super fun middle grade novel about an ordinary boy (what? You were expecting maybe something more than ordinary, for some reason?!) who stumbles into an amazing… Continue reading Extraordinary Sam Cover Reveal!

illustration, writing

Illustrations and Character Designs

Just thought I'd share some illustrations for a story I wrote called The Haunted Serpent... I didn't plan to do illustrations, since it seems like publishers aren't exactly overjoyed at hearing "I'm a brand-new unpublished doofus AND I drawed you some purty pitchers!!!!!"....but I've been reading so many fun chapter books lately with creative visual… Continue reading Illustrations and Character Designs

goals, illustration

Finding an Artist’s Rep — should you, can you, etc…

  Took a break from working on the ol' webcomic today to keep researching agents/artist's reps... Lately I've been thinking instead of submitting my portfolio directly to publishers I should focus on trying to find an artist's rep. (This is skipping the question of whether I could even get an agent anyway!) I thought I'd… Continue reading Finding an Artist’s Rep — should you, can you, etc…

art projects, goals

Started submitting illustration samples!

Finally.  It took HOURS fiddling with colors until my printer would produce copies that look SOMETHING like the originals, but I started mailing samples to publishers! Whew. It's such a long process -- made longer by me constantly chickening out and deciding I didn't have any pieces that were good enough to send out, doing… Continue reading Started submitting illustration samples!