Cheryl Johnson author and artist is visiting my blog.
Cheryl, how long have you been writing?
I’ve been creating stories and drawing since I was about ten years old so most of my life. I’m 59 now, and next month I’ll be 60! Still can hardly believe that! I was born in Portland, Maine but grew up in Gorham, Maine. My mom was a third grade school teacher. I wrote my very first books that I published last fall when she was alive,and she used them in her class room. I redid the illustrations digitally but Mom would recognize the pictures.Â How nice. Do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?ÂAs for knowing if my idea is good enough for a book, not quite sure how to answer that.I get lots of ideas every day that I know I can turn into really great stories. I’m a little overwhelmed with the number of new ideas I get every day. I fall in love with a particular character or plot idea and I’m off running. I don’t dwell on whether it’s a “good” idea or not. If it engages me,I think it’s a good idea. I draw as fast as I possibly can, I started doing this a year ago and I’m working on 11 and 12 now. I’ve been waiting to do this for years. Learning how to utilize Photoshop and my digital drawing tablet has been an unleashing in me. I don’t worry about buying markers and paint any more. It’s magic to me!Wow! How many books have you published?ÂI have 10 books so far. The one you may be interested in is Mish’s Winter Celebration because it’s getting to that time of year. I also made a holiday coloring and Activity book to go along with my series.Those are the two I sent you the covers of.
He looks so cute.Sidley is compassionate and intelligent. And unpretentious, knows when to keep his mouth shut.What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?Â
All of my stories have a common thread running through them…empathy. Treat others as you would have them treat you. I think it is one of the most important qualities to encourage in children. I had four and they are pretty much all very good people.Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?Â
Any advice I have for new writers is advice I’m currently following myself. Work hard. Don’t quit. Ever. If you want something bad enough you have to be willing to do what it takes. I draw 15 hours a day,most days.
What are your new years goals?My New Year’s goals are to have at least 2-4 more books completed by January. Dr Suess is my hero and he wrote 42 wonderful books in his career. I’m working on 11 and 12 in one year. I am hoping I’ll have a few best sellers along the way because THIS is what I was born to do. I don’t want to be a waitress any more.Where can we find your books?