I’m so thrilled to announce that a book I’ve been working on with the marvellous author Kate Forsyth has been picked up by Serenity Press and will be published in 2018!
Vasilisa the Wise & Other Tales of Brave Girls will be a collection of seven fairy tale re-tellings written by Kate and accompanied by my illustrations. They are stories of independent girls and women; tales of adventure, bravery, kindness and strength.
It’s a fantastic process we’re following, much different to the usual writer/illustrator relationship, and a way of working that is, to an illustrator at least, both rare and wonderful. We’ve both chosen stories we love. Some Kate has written first, and sent me to work with. I have created several artworks for others, and sent them to Kate before she starts writing. We’re inspiring each other, and it really is magical. And such a privilege.
Kate has written a blog post about how we found each other which, speaking of magical, was incredibly fortuitous and an example of the importance of having a social media presence as an author and/or illustrator. Allison Tait, brilliant author of The Mapmaker Chronicles, co-host of the essential So You Want To Be a Writer podcast, and strident advocate for having a good author platform (in fact she even teaches a course on it!) introduced us on Twitter thinking that Kate might like my work. Thankfully she was right! Kate bought one of my prints to celebrate finishing her PhD, and we kept corresponding, hoping that we might be able to work together one day. We came up with a plan, did some work… and two years later, we can finally tell you all about it!
It really has been a project of lucky, magical and fortuitous connections. Around a month ago, Kate posted the following on her Facebook page:
And Monique from Serenity Press said yes! Now we are three women, from three corners of the country (Sydney, Perth & regional Victoria) working on this book together. With all that each of us have to contribute, it really is going to be a wondrous thing.
Cheers to that!
Reblogged this on MONIQUE MULLIGAN and commented:
My favourite word is serendipity.
In a recent moment of beautiful serendipity, I chanced upon a Facebook post from one of my favourite authors, Kate Forsyth.
Have a read of artist Lorena Carrington’s post to see what happened (she has a link to a post on Kate’s blog as well).
The upshot is … I’m going to be working on an amazing book for Serenity Press over the next year: Vasilisa the Wise & Other Tales of Brave Girls. Am I excited? You bet!
Thanks Monique – Happy days! 🙂
Congratulations! It sounds like it will be a wonderful book.
Thanks Faith! It’s a wonderful project to work on. I can’t wait to share it with the world.
That is so exciting and wonderful Lorena. Congratulations! Looking forward to the final product. 🙂