EARTH TAKES A BREAK – A MODERN FABLE INSPIRED BY REAL EVENTS
Earth Takes a Break is a picture book written and illustrated by ME!
The Writing of Earth Takes a Break
I did not plan to write this book. I call it a Covid Curveball! It was written, illustrated and completed in two weeks whilst the world was in lockdown during the Covid-19 crisis. Sub-conscious anxiety meant that I was having a lot of sleepless nights. The words came to me at 2am on 8th April and I decided that, if my brain would not let me sleep, I would use the time to draw and try and get this story out into the world as soon as I could. I became a bit obsessed writing it; side-lining other jobs I should have been doing to get it done, but I was very thankful to have this project to keep me distracted, busy and creative during this surreal time!
I am also hugely grateful to my husband, Rob, my children, Rosie and Isaac, and my father-in-law, Simon, who were all living with me whilst I was working on this project and even more distracted and anti-social than usual. They were very patient, understanding and encouraging and kept me fueled up with tea and chocolate! Further massive thanks should go to my Mum and Dad (who have always been my biggest and most loyal fans!) as well as my lovely friends from my SCBWI Western Cape crit group and Ali and Brad from Imagnary House Publishers. These wonderful folks gave amazing feedback and guidance, ensuring this book was the best it possibly could be in the short turnaround time. I really appreciate having such a wonderful support network.
Below are some sample spreads. You can click on the images to enlarge them.