En-route to the FICTION section in my local Barnes & Noble Bookstore, the cover of one of the children’s books displayed on a table caught my attention. The art work was breathtaking. I picked it up and flipped through page after page of mesmerizing illustrations.
In my humble opinion, it is often the Illustrator (and not the author) that should be credited for the success of some of many of these so-called picture books.
I am not a Children’s Author. However, I have read many such books to my kindergartners over the years. And I realized as I stood in the bookstore that one of the things I liked most (and the students responded to) was the VISUAL.
But, writing FICTION, as I do, requires the ability to paint the VISUAL of my stories with rich vocabulary… to use language to give readers that other dimension necessary for limitless enjoyment.
So when they browse the pages of my books, they too will be mesmerized with the VISUAL that only an author’s words can paint.