Revisiting the Debut

Karlin Grey, the debut author of Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still, writes a weekly blog about picturebook writers and their first books. Today, she interviews me about my first book, Scribble. You can read the whole interview here.

To go along with Karlin's interview, here are a few images — along with many thanks to Karlin for allowing me to revisit Scribble!

My daughters loved to draw, and almost every picture had a story behind it. Which gave me an idea...

My daughters loved to draw, and almost every picture had a story behind it. Which gave me an idea...

I did a bazillion drafts, "writing with words and pictures" in storyboard form, trying to tell a story of two sisters who liked to draw, and the story behind their drawings.

I did a bazillion drafts, "writing with words and pictures" in storyboard form, trying to tell a story of two sisters who liked to draw, and the story behind their drawings.

I started over and over again...

I started over and over again...

And came to understand that getting rejections is part of the process.

And came to understand that getting rejections is part of the process.

After two years of rejections and revisions, I send this tiny dummy to an editor at Knopf.

After two years of rejections and revisions, I send this tiny dummy to an editor at Knopf.

August 26, 2005.

August 26, 2005.

And Scribble lived happily ever after. The end.

And Scribble lived happily ever after.

The end.

Best wishes to all who write picturebooks for children!

—Deborah