The Story

A bird may love a fish, signore…but where would they live?
Then I shall have to make you wings.

- Ever After (1998)

 

Inspired by that one line, I had visions of an owl holding a mermaid by the waist, soaring just over the tops of the waves. After a few sketches, the finalĀ 17″ x 8″ illustration was born including the addition of my daughter (aka #myscoleoptera) as a ladybug. The story came much later.

After mulling the image around in my head for several months, I decided it needed a story.

card_anniv3_owlmerhotairballoonMy husband and I met online in March of 2005 while playing a video game. By June we were the best of friends and he flew out from Arizona for my daughter’s 4th birthday and to meet me face-to-face. That was all it took. My daughter and I were in love. A month and a half later saw him moving to Florida to be with us and in March of next year it will be 10 years. We also just celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary September 30th.

There’s a lot of day-to-day normal mixed with little miracles. Every day brings with it a new way for me to fall in love with him and my daughter is my constant muse. This book is for them. They are my magic.