Did you know that picture book authors and illustrators do not communicate until the project is completed? I think it’s to give the illustrator some creative space to bring the words to life. No one likes to be micromanaged by someone else’s vision.
My debut picture book, SUMO JOE, with illustrator Nat Iwata is not quite done so we’re officially not allowed to communicate. We are both on social media, so we’ve had a few exchanges. For example, Josh Funk alerted us to our publication date, May 14, 2019.
It turned out that I was not done. There were a few more rounds of minor edits, but the end was in sight. I recently saw the layouts of SUMO JOE with the illustrations completed. His illustrations are spot-on perfection.
And … from the book flap, I learned that Nat Iwata had also learned a little Aikido in his youth and that he also has three kids.
When I’m allowed to talk to him, I’ll interview him here. I’m excited for you to meet him. Here’s the next best thing. This is his #meettheartist:
p.s. If you are interested in reviewing SUMO JOE as part of our blog tour, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will also be doing some giveaways on Twitter and Instagram, so please follow me @PragmaticMom for updates.
p.p.s. I learned from the book jacket that we have both done a little Aikido in our youth.