Regular visitors to my blog have met Karen, today’s guest, before but for those who haven’t I’ll introduce her.
Karen Tyrrell, is an award winning children’s resilience author who recently launched her second book in the Super Space Kids series, Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra, an action-packed FUN space adventure for kids 7-12 into the cosmos.
We first met at Writelinks a writing group for Children and Young Adults which we both attend; I have been following her writing and publishing journey ever since, as well as attending her fabulous workshops on writing, distribution, and publishing.
Karen is a dynamo, and her outlook on life infectious. She inspires children, teachers, writers and countless more with her stories and I am proud to know her.
Today I was really interested in asking Karen how she found and worked with the illustrator of her Super Space Kids Series.
1.June: How did you locate a suitable illustrator for Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra?
Karen: Luckily for me, Trevor Salter illustrated the animated cover of my children’s novel STOP the Bully.
AND he created the cover and the internal illustrations for Jo-Kin Battles the It , Book 1 in the Super Space Kids series. Kids loved these illustrations so much, I begged Trevor to illustrate Book 2, Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra, Trevor loves illustrating robots, monsters and aliens so he was keen to create my next heroes and villains.
If you are searching for a new illustrator, you can follow a process. First research what illustrative style suits your novel. Discover which illustrators portray your style and genre. Ask those in the know to recommend the most suitable and talented illustrators. Seek quotes from two or three illustrators by sending your brief of the intended project (details of the timeline and what you want the illustrator to do).
2.June: How did you choose which scenes to illustrate for Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra?
Karen: Select scenes that children will love and will add extra pizazz to your story. Children love to see what their favourite characters, monsters, robots and aliens look like. Choose scenes bursting with humour, action or on the brink of an exciting turning point.
Pic 1 Commander Nova pressures reluctant hero, Jo-Kin to leave school and to save his little sister Pandora and the galaxy.
Pic 2 Meet Joshua’s embarrassing family: Dad, Mum, sister Stella and brother Marty.
Pic 3 Meet Lord Terra in one of his evil disguises and his stinky side-kick Prince Poison.
3. June: What’s the illustrative process from brief to publishing for Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra?
Karen: I created a detailed brief describing each scene and characters in detail so the illustrator had a clear picture of what to draw.
The illustrator roughly sketched each drawing, requesting my feedback. I then commented on how to improve the drawings so they reach my vision goal. When I was satisfied, the illustrator created a final high definition version.
4. June: What are your top tips to create the best illustrations?
Karen: 1-Find the BEST illustrator you can afford, who suits your style and genre. 2-Choose the most exciting scenes to illustrate the text. Ones which will bring your story to life. 3- Visualise each scene. 4-Describe the characters and their emotions …and the scene in precise detail in the brief.
Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra, an illustrated humorous novel for kids 7-12 r is eceiving *5 STAR reviews. Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra, is available at Dymocks, Riverbend, The Book Garden, Angus & Robertson Mary Ryans, Amazon and selected stores.
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Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra Blog Tour 23 May–I June
To celebrate Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra launch Karen is hosting Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra Blog Tour and Book Giveaway. Co-hosts will share out-of-this-world book reviews, interviews and blog posts.
Karen will zoom away signed copies of her book Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra and galactic prizes via the websites below. Please leave a comment on the websites to WIN.
23 May Amazon & Blog Tour Launch www.karentyrrell.com
24 May Writing Kids Comedy, Melissa Wray http://melissawray.blogspot.com.au
25 May Create a Powerful Hero Character, Alison Stegert https://ali-stegert.com