Who inspires the illustrations? The author is the first person to inspire the illustrations through their writing. Authors provide suggestions and feedback through writing.
Readers also offer great input! I sometimes read upcoming books aloud at school visits, where students offer loads of suggestions. Most comments are valid and definitely considered.
Hailey’s drawing inspired me to create this cover illustration. Her creative interpretation of the story, closely reflected my thoughts. Great illustrators think alike.
“Dear Mark Wayne Adams,
I thought you were really funny. I also really like your pictures. I thought you were on of the best drawers ever and thanks for coming to our school and sharing with us.”