I'm currently working on illustrations for a middle grade fantasy chapter book called
Jack and The Hollow Hill.
The book is written by fellow SCBWI SoCal member Bryan Givens..
The story takes place in medieval Ireland and follows the adventures of a boy named Jack and his friend Ashling. The magical journeys they go on are so much fun to read! The book will be published hopefully by December 2021!
Jack dreams of becoming a great warrior like his father, even though he’s not sure he’ll ever be big enough. But when his father doesn’t return from fighting the Viking invaders, Jack knows he has to step up to protect his family. After he has to move to a different village, he meets new friends, makes new enemies, and discovers strange new places. And when an unseen menace threatens his loved ones, Jack must rely on his wits and courage to unravel the secret of the Hollow Hill.
Bryan Givens was born in Dallas, Texas, and some of his earliest memories are of traveling to other places by reading: Narnia, Middle Earth, Treasure Island, Mars. As he grew older, he traveled to many other places, both in person and through the magical medium of books. Also, he’s had a long fascination with folktales and with exploring his Irish heritage. For his day job, he teaches history at Pepperdine University in California.
I recently attended The SCBWI Big Five-Oh Summer Conference. It was a great reminder of why I'm so happy to be a part of the SBWI community. I'm grateful Lin Oliver founded SCBWI those 50 years ago. If you are a member, please send me a message or follow me on social media. I love connecting with other writers, illustrators and children's book creators.