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"Emma Jo's Song" by Faye Gibbons illustrated by Sherry Meidell

“Emma Jo’s Song” by Faye Gibbons illustrated by Sherry Meidell

The first time I heard Faye Gibbons voice was when I read her words. They were typed on a 8 1/2” by 11” sheet of paper. It was the manuscript for “Emma Jo’s Song”. Her words captured my imagination and I immediately saw pictures in my head which is what you want if you are going to illustrate a picture book. I loved her story and had great fun coming up with the illustrations.
There are a lot of unwritten rules in children’s book publishing. One of those rules is that writers and illustrators should not communicate, it might interfere with the illustrators creativity. But with a twist of fate, I called Faye Gibbons and heard her voice on the other end of the phone, a nice gentle southern voice. I felt an immediate connection and count her as one of my friends. I was lucky to illustrate two more picture books by Faye, “Full Steam Ahead” and “The Day the Picture Man Came” all three books were published by Boyds Mill Press.
I was very excited to hear that Faye had sold another manuscript to NewSouth Books “Halley”. This book is a young adult novel. I couldn’t wait to read it. I was not disappointed. I was transported back to the Georgia mountains and the hard times of the depression. The story tells how one young woman rises above the the death of a father and the hard times that she finds herself in. It is a great read. It kept me captivated to the very end. If you would like to hear Faye Gibbons voice, I recommend you get the book and read it. You can get it at New South Books or Amazon.


About Sherry Meidell

Sherry Meidell is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society Western Federation Watercolor Society and the Utah Watercolor Society. She loves to paint with watercolor whether she is painting pictures or illustrating children's picture books. She is a member of SCBWI. Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
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