Where did you get the idea to write about a butterfly?
Flutternutter came about by simply observing the beautiful Zebra Longwing butterfly here in south Florida.She absolutely captivated me; I wanted to know more about this beautiful black and yellow striped dancer across our dynamic sky.
Writing always takes research, especially with FLUTTERNUTTER, as this is an informative text for children.I learned that the Zebra Longwing is the Florida State butterfly, named in 1996.Additionally, I learned that she is one of the butterflies with a longer lifespan—up to six months.
The Zebra Longwing is so beautiful to watch, and now knowing more about her, I have had the opportunity to watch her lay her eggs, transform into an, "inching spiked caterpillar," suspend herself as if a "curled, rolled leaf" and ultimately, blossom into dream flight that can take your breath away.
When did you write it and how long did it take?
I wrote this picture book about two years ago and it took two weekends to finalize the first draft of the manuscript and print.For me, the writing part is the easiest; waiting patiently for the illustrations to come in is what takes time.And of course, then there are revisions to the text during and after the illustrations. Ronaldo Perez is the illustrator of FLUTTERNUTTER, who truly made her flight take place in the book.His design and authentic images of the Zebra Longwing, allows the reader to make a personal connection to the butterfly with each page turn. Mr. Perez created a masterpiece on his first book for children, FLUTTERNUTTER PROTECTIVE HANDS COMMUNICATIONS in Riviera Beach, Florida is the Publisher.
What are you currently working on now?
Currently, I just finished, THE NOODLE CLUB, with illustrator Matt Lumsden from Delray Beach, Florida.This comical story is about retirees who venture to the pool each day carrying their Styrofoam noodles and chat the day away floating in the pool.
THE NOODLE CLUB is about friendships and joy, laughter and the fun of having people around to share time with playing Bingo, having a "pot luck," and even dancing "way down low" together.
Following THE NOODLE CLUB, which is scheduled to be released October 2013, will beSASHA'S BIRTHDAY PARTY, once again, illustrated by Matt Lumsden.SASHA'S BIRTHDAY PARTY is about a doggie birthday party in the backyard, which all of the neighborhood dogs are invited to. SASHA, the star of the story, realizes that "Moo-moo," was left behind, and so the entire doggie birthday party prances down the sidewalk to bring her back to the birthday party.
There, the dogs have a doggie paddle in the pool, toss the hoop and enjoy "doggie cupcakes" together.