Ellie's grandpa (who, um, doesn't quite have a name yet) is a big supporter of her art.
My Grandpa George was a big proponent of my work. I'd send him my hand-scrawled cartoons and he'd put them on his fridge and make his visitors read them. I know this because they'd tell me at family parties. I know they didn't mind.
It felt great (still does!) to know he loved my work, especially since I don't always feel confident about it myself.
When I talk with kids in schools, they seem to think authors write their books from beginning to end, perfectly, no revisions, and then the books are published.
It's not that simple.
After that perfect writing there's a revisions process that for some authors can take years.
I love revising because a) I know my early drafts are not very good, and b) I know the finished manuscript will be *much* better after lots of careful revisions.
I'm in the revisions process right now for Ellie McDoodle, book 6.
Here are some of the first draft scribbles.