Happy New Year!
2017 sure was busy. My second book came out (yay!) and the year was full of book festivals, writing conferences, school visits, individual signings, and one craft fair. I met a ton of awesome readers this year, and taught writing workshops to both middle and high schoolers (which I'm learning is one of my favorite aspects of being an author). I also shared signing tables with some fantastic authors this year, and feel honored and humbled to be able to count these talented people as my friends.
During my blog tour for Topaz Reign, one of the bloggers asked me if I had pictures of my characters that I used as inspiration while I was writing the book. I don't normally do a collection of pictures before writing, like some authors do, because it becomes a rabbit hole and I end up wasting a lot of time searching for pictures and never finding the exact right ones.
But when I went looking for pics to help answer this blogger's question, I ended up finding four perfect images of the main characters in Topaz Reign right away. And I'm so excited to finally have pictures of the characters that have been living in my head for so long, that I had to share them here.
So to start the new year, here are Maggie, Garon, Lindy and Trevin. They will soon be joined by others, as the cast of characters I've created continues to grow. I'll spend 2018 like I've spent the past five years--working to bring stories that matter, stories that uplift, and stories that entertain to my readers.
Lindy (except picture her in a castle, not a car):
Many thanks to blogger Brookie Cowles for inspiring me to find these pictures.