A few weeks ago, I mentioned a couple of new projects I’ve been working on, and I told you all about my upcoming book, Fat, Fifty and Menopausal. I’m not quite ready to share any of the inside of the book yet, but I just couldn’t wait to share the cover so far.
For starters, I have to say that Martha Schwartz is a fabulous artist whose work always makes me smile. I met her through a fan group of The Three Investigators books after a couple of mutual friends urged me to check out her work. (See? Everything in life comes full circle. Everything.) She works with sculptures, caricatures, and comic books, and so much more, with a distinctive style that that makes her work instantly recognizable.
I am honored beyond words that she agreed to create the original artwork for my cover. Here are some of her initial sketches:
She asked what sort of things I talk about in the book. Of course, I had to ask her to add the “mom finger” after it was brought to my attention by certain co-workers that I have a tendency to shake my finger in everyone’s face when I talk.
She added colors and gradually filled in a few more details, and this is where we stand right now:
Gorgeous, ain’t it?
I especially like the fact that Martha’s art makes me look much prettier than I am in real life. I was prepared for her to make me look, well, fat, fifty and menopausal, but she made me look so much better than that. I can’t wait to see the finished results.
I’m looking at late March/early April for the publication date of Fat, Fifty, and Menopausal, although that date may change. It’s close to being done now; I’ve had an absolute blast with this one, and I almost hate to write “the end.” In a way, I feel as though this book is the one I’ve been waiting my entire life to write.
Over the next few weeks I’ll share a couple of excerpts here, and I hope to give a few of you something to laugh about (and possibly relate to). I’m also working on two other books right now because I can’t seem to turn off my imagination — or my characters! I’ve got Maisy and Connor to deal with, and Ben and Jacqueline, and I’m trying to finish up some research into Michigan’s wine industry for the setting of my Love & Destiny series.
And in the middle of all of this, my daughter has decided to play matchmaker and try to fix me up with someone for a real date. Because I have nothing else on my plate, and dating has always turned out so well for me in the past.
Poor man. He has no idea what he’s in for.
In the meantime, please take a moment to check out Martha’s website and her gofundme page to help her attend the MegaCon in Orlando in May. She’s hoping to debut her new Seed Seekers comic book there, and I’d love to help her get there.