Piper Girl Illustrations!

Middle Grade Minded is a great blog run by a group of middle grade writers who offer advice, contests, and reviews. If you’re interested in writing MG, or just want some good writing tips, I encourage you to check it out. Two months ago, one of the writers, Tom Torre, gave an interview on the blog. Anyone who left a comment was eligible for a cool prize: a drawing of two characters from their own book–the hero and the villain. I was already a fan of Tom’s work, having seen his singing coffee cup logo for Team Brenda in the 2013 Writers’ Voice contest, so I entered.

I was thrilled when I found out I’d won. I requested characters from my YA novel, Piper Girl. Marisa is the teenage heroine of the book and Dr. Whitaker is the evil scientist who threatens her. For those not in the know, Piper Girl is a gritty retelling of The Pied Piper fairy tale, in which a seventeen-year old Latina musician uses her magic to rid the slum of diseased lab rats, only to attract the attention of a twisted scientist intent on exploiting her powers.

Here are the illustrations Tom created for my book. Aren’t they great? I wish he’d illustrate the whole thing!


Thanks, Tom! And thanks to Middle Grade Minded, for hosting the contest!


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