Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Book Signing on Friday, November 25th

I’ll be signing copies of Maile Meloy’s The Apothecary - and my other children’s books, too - this Friday, November 25th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clinton Book Shop. They’re located at 12 East Main Street in Clinton, New Jersey.

And, as usual, while you're in Clinton, get some breakfast, brunch, or lunch nearby at The Fine Diner - owned and operated by my beloved sister and brother-in-law.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

An Illustration from The Apothecary

This is one of my favorite illustrations from The Apothecary and one of the ideas that came to mind when I first read the manuscript.

But sometimes the most simple ideas are the most difficult to execute. I couldn’t get the sky or the waves “right” and kept painting over and over again, getting nothing but more unhappy.

When I was in almost tearful despair, my cat Buzz jumped on my scanner and sent it clattering to the floor, and so I decided to see if it still worked by scanning my frustrating picture. And then I started tinkering with the image in Photoshop and within a few minutes I finally got the “feeling” I’d been after since that first read. My Photoshop skills are pretty rough, though, so I spent the next few days copying in ink and paint what I’d done on the computer.

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Apothecary on PW’s Best Books 2011 list

Hey! Publishers Weekly put The Apothecary on its list of Best Books 2011: Children’s Books...
Meloy’s first book for young readers is a wonderfully imagined alternate history, set as cold war tensions between the U.S. and Russia are reaching critical mass, and a secretive group of apothecaries conspires to protect the planet from all-out destruction. With magic, history, adventure, romance, and smart writing, it’s truly a story with something for everyone.