I'm intending that Granny Rainbow will have pictures.
The problem I have is trying to get the pictures that are in my head onto the page.
Now, I can draw - a bit. I spent some time producing black-and-white images to be made into rubber stamps for crafters. But there's no way I can draw well enough for a book. Which is where Laura comes in; she's already illustrated one children's book, yet has only just finished her foundation course in art. She'll do a much better job than me.
But she needs something to work with.
I think I know what I'd like in the book - but can I explain it sufficiently well for another person to translate? I know I'd like to focus on the characters rather than scenes from the stories. My idea at the moment is to have a gallery of portraits, all in frames. I found something by Chris Riddell which is kind of like that - he captures a character really well and often works within a simple frame.
But will pictures add to or take something away from the stories? I know how I picture the characters when I write them - if they don't end up being quite the same when committed to paper, will it matter to the reader? Or to me, as their creator?
I'll be honest - I'm a bit scared at the prospect of finding out.