If you're writer, then you'll already know that, sometimes, inspiration strikes and we have little choice but to act on it.
If you're not a writer, I'll just tell you: sometimes inspiration strikes, and as a writer, I have little choice but to act on it.
A few weeks ago, this is exactly what happened to me. I was *supposed* to be working on designs for a new edition to the Colour Me Funky Range, when I was procrastinating on Facebook and paused to study a page's cover pic. The cover pic had obviously been designed to look like a child's drawing (and possibly was), and may even have been coloured in by children, and it was very cute whilst holding a huge amount of diversity. But that diversity was unified. This singular image was pretty much a celebration and acceptance of diversity.
Now, I have no idea if that was the message the image intended to portray, or if I alone had read that much into it, but as I sat there staring, the words Pink Hair, Blue Hair popped into my head.
A little voice, also inside my head, told me that this needed to be the title of my next children's story, so then I had to figure out what Pink Hair, Blue Hair even meant.
I thought about it, and over the space of around thirty minutes, it gradually unfurled to reveal itself. One word after another. One line after another. One page after another. Along with exactly how I wanted the book in its entirety to look.
Less than an hour later, I had the basic story written.
Two hours later, I'd started on the artwork.
The designs for that took me a little while to get right. And now I have. So, inspired by a singular roughly-hewn drawing, I'm very proud to soon be bringing you my favourite children's picture book to date. I'd love if you could come back next week for the cover reveal and the release day announcement. I'm really excited to be sharing this one with you.