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The Next Big Thing (blog tour)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Next Big Thing! (Blog Tour)

What is the Next Big Thing?It’s a global blog tour that started Down Under and has tagged numerous, FABULOUS illustrators and author/illustrators along the way. And now The Next Big Thing is here! Rules: answer the same ten questions about your work, then tag up to five wonderful artists whose work you want to champion. I’ve been tagged by Donna Miskend.  You can see more of her work at her blog


At the end of this post I will tag more artists, for your next stop on the tour.

1) What is the working title of your next book?

The Diary of Dr. Knuckle

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?


I had some ideas left over from my other Pigs book, The Three Swingin’ Pigs. Mostly unused puns.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
humor, picture book

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmm… Peter Lorre as Dr. Knuckle, Vincent Price as Mr. Hide, Terri Garr as Nurse Hocks.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A pig (Dr. Knuckle) becomes a wolf (Mr. Hide).

6) Who is publishing your book?
No one yet, though there has been some interest.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
A few weeks, but that’s just the first draft.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The Picture of Morty and Ray by Daniel Pinkwater (based on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray) was also a fractured version of a novel and had a similar theme. I call Dr. Knuckle “a fractured scary tale.”

And I just found another with kind of similar theme called How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long. When I think about it, I guess it all goes back to Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, where a child gets to go on a wild night romp before coming safely home.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
As a kid I dreamed of being fearless and able to do anything, and not have so many rules. I think a lot of kids dream that, but would they really like it? That’s the question the story poses.

Then I guess it has to do with archetypes, fairy tales, cartoons, the novel Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and old movies.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
It has laughs, puns, and a battle scene.

Next up for the next big thing is SUSANNA PITZER. Check out her blog at

Susanna Pitzer’s cover art:

More tags to come so please check back!