I just wanted to take a moment to introduce you to a truly beautiful soul: Yenthe Joline, the illustrator of Dust House and the West Wind, as well as Future Queen, and upcoming books in the Forgotten Sister series. A few years ago before I published Future Queen, when I was growing in confidence as a publisher, as well as an author I decided I wanted a book map for my series. In fact I wasn't going to publish the book without it. So I set out to find an illustrator. I found several artists whose work I loved, truly there is some amazing stuff out there, but I found one picture of Yenthe's and I wanted to live in its world, so I kept looking and I found more and more that I loved. So I wrote to her, a total stranger, hoping to at least get a book map out of it, but not really expecting anything at all to happen. But Yenthe was enthusiastic and kind and as we emailed I found so much more than I ever expected: more art, shared passions, encouragement in my professional pursuits and a marvelous friendship!
I feel constantly blessed to have found her, both for the wonderful works of art we created together, and for the cherished friendship. I hope you will take a moment to check out her personal work at one of the websites below and see a bit of what I see. Also check out her shops! I have personally bought a bag or two, some pillowcases and journals...its hard to stop myself her work is so fun, it brings a smile to my face whenever I see it.
Take a look at a few of the process pieces that don't make it into the book, but nevertheless touch my heart, and inspire me.
She is pretty awesome, don't you think? Show her some love!