Sometimes I wake up and don't quite believe my life.
It all started with a wonderful unexpected email that as if by magic appeared in my inbox at the end of 2007, it was my first book project! I will never forget that day or what I felt. It was like winning the lottery but better. Someone liked my work and wanted me to illustrate a book!? Me?
The funny thing is, it never occurred to me how my life would change after that. Almost 5 years have passed and 13 books later I still can't get over the fact that I get to illustrate children's book for a living.
I am truly lucky to be able to do what I love and to work in such a gratifying field. All the book people are amazing, talented and humble. It's a warm and friendly community. Visitors who come to this blog and comment, have no idea the impact it has on me. This tends to be a solitary field and meeting people here and on twitter definitely makes all the difference. I see twitter as my own magical wardrobe, juts open my laptop and a whole community of co-workers is in reach.
So this is a thank you post. I'm thankful for my life and for what I do. I'm thankful for my husband and two kids, for always supporting me and encouraging me. I'm thankful for my sis for believing I was any good when I thought I actually sucked.. hee. I'm thankful for my agent, for always watching my back and making sure I don't go crazy overworking myself. I'm thankful for kids books and I'm thankful for all of you visitors and wonderful twitter friends.
And how can I forget the kids? I'm specially thankful for them. Working for kids is a wonderful gift to me and honestly, is the closest thing to never growing up anyone can ever get. :o)