Quest for Ulele

As part of my celebration for the completion of the illustrations for my children’s book The Princess & Pirate, I went to Tampa, Florida. As mentioned in my previous post, one of my stops was at the Ulele Restaurant where I saw two separate statues dedicated to this Native American woman. I also drove around

Time to Celebrate

It’s taken nearly four years to bring this book to completion. I started working on it in May 2014 and completed the first draft in December 2014. In December 2016 I started auditioning artists and in April 2017 I chose Santanu Mitra from India to illustrate the graphic novel. Now, four years later, it’s April


It took longer than I anticipated but all the illustrations for my children’s graphic novel, The Princess & Pirate, are now finished. The cover art is also finished. Check it out:

And the Winner Is: Santanu Mitra from India

After many months of auditioning artists I have finally settled on the one who will illustrate my children’s graphic novel: Santanu Mitra from India. I really loved his style. It was the following illustrated page that really convinced me he was the best choice:

Picture Book or Graphic Novel?

I’m really starting to wonder if a picture book can really tell the story of Ulele and Juan Ortiz. The story I’ve written is quite complex. Combine this with the fact that no one has ever seen this world of Florida’s Native Americans before and I think it might be a challenge to convey everything

Will the Real Ulele Please Stand Up?

I’ve been auditioning multiple artists from to illustrate my children’s picture book, The Princess & Pirate. The main character is a Native American girl from Florida named Ulele. (Pronounced you-LAY-lee). Here are the versions created so far: