My New Thriller…Obsessed With Her

July 14, 2017-Hi Friends, as many of you know, I am an author of not only children’s books but also books for adults. Obsessed With Her is the name of my upcoming thriller and you can find out more information by hopping over to my site http://www.pandamoniumpublishing.com to check out the latest news, upcoming events and more!

See you there!

LLB

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Seabass’ Diary…Day 141…FBI

April 24, 2017-I shifted my weight. I already knew that he wasn’t who I thought he was, he was only reiterating the fact.

“Ok, then why don’t you go ahead and tell me who you are,” I said firmly.

“You don’t need to get upset; who I am doesn’t change anything,” Simba said.

“Then why are you stalling?” I said and narrowed my eyes at him.

“Come with me, I can’t tell you exactly, but I can show you,” he said, and I followed him to the prison library. I had been in the library a million times not a thing was out of place and to be frank, it was boring. Books lived here, from floor to ceiling. Odd books, rare books, textbooks and the classics. This was the place where the small, stupid human tapped away at her keyboard, while I sat on it to be a pain. I loved putting myself in front of whatever she was doing because this was a clear message that I was in charge; it worked every time because she always stopped what she was doing to pick me up and pet me.

I followed Simba to the back corner of the library and watched as he shuffled some books around like a puzzle. My eyes grew wider when I realized what was happening.

“Stand back,” he said, and for once I obeyed him. A large portion of the wall began to creak and groan, and with a giant “THUMP” it opened to reveal a staircase.

I swallowed hard,”What is this place?” Simba ignored me, picked up a lit torch and led us into the darkness.

We finally reached an iron gate with a scanner on the wall. Simba held up his left paw, and we were granted access.

I blinked quickly because I couldn’t believe my eyes. Was this real? Was it true?

“Welcome to headquarters, I’m special agent Simba Mufasa of the FBI,” he said.

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation?” I squeaked.

“No, the FELINE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION,” he said as he flashed his badge.

The walls closed in on me, and the world went black.

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Meet the Newest Member of Our Team at Pandamonium Publishing House…Shamayal Hayat Illustrator!

I’d like to take a second and introduce you to Shamayal Hayat, our newest illustrator at Pandamonium Publishing House! Shamayal will be illustrating Deer Diary coming October 2017 and I wanted to do an interview with her so without further adieu, here she is! Plus, here’s a treat from behind the scenes of Deer Diary:)

  • Why did you decide to go into illustration and how long have you been an illustrator for?

I have been an illustrator for 3 years now and currently completing by BA of Illustration at Sheridan College. I decided to go into Illustration because I wanted to create characters that people can relate to. From there, I realized that I really wanted to create children’s book illustrations because of the joy and happiness children get from reading books. I want to create characters that children can look up to and ones that can leave a lasting impression on them.

  • How do you think of characters and what they’ll look like?

 It takes a lot of rough sketches and references for me to really figure out how I want a character to look like. Before I start the rough sketches, I first compile a folder of references of how I imagine the character should look like. I go through my library of inspiration to figure out styles and colour palette approaches while also keeping true to the personality of the character. I then begin sketching out my ideas in a sketchbook. When I have done a number of sketches and ideas, I go through which character I feel personally relates to the type of personality I want to show. The character that best fits with the story line is the character I clean up and finalize on Photoshop.

  • How long does it take you to draw a character?

This depends on what the character is, how important it is to the story and if I have experience in drawing characters like that before. For a main character like Duncan specifically, I spent a lot of time on the initial ideation stage and figuring out how to design him than on the final so that I could get a true essence of his character. I would say that the longest I have spent really figuring out a character has been around 2 days and that is including figuring out style and colour palettes. For smaller characters, it usually takes afew hours.

  • What was your favorite book growing up and why?

I wouldn’t say that I had one favourite book but my favourite author growing up was Roald Dahl. I really enjoyed how different and interesting his work was and constantly found myself rereading my favourite short stories from his books. What I especially liked about his work was that his stories were so unpredictable. For someone like me who doesn’t like scary books, it was his scary stories that kept me engrossed.

  • Who inspires you and why?

I am constantly inspired by my grandmother who first got me interested in art. While growing up, she would try to involve me as much as she could in her own little projects which really inspired me to pursue art as a career. She has also been very supportive of my journey.

I also look up to a lot of artists and constantly use them as inspiration for some of my own work that I come up with. Some of these artists include Loish, Katherin Honesta and many more.

Roughs by Shamayal

 

April Dates!…Where to Find Panda…

Hi friends, Please take note of the upcoming events for Panda the Very Bad Cat. I hope to see you at some of them and I’d love to chat if you stop by and say hi!

Saturday, April 1, 2017: From 10:00 am -4:00 pm I’ll be in Niagara on The Lake at the Spring Time in Old Town Charity Craft and Vendor Event with my book Panda the Very Bad Cat. I’ll be signing them and personalizing them for an extra special touch. Just in time for Easter!

Sunday, April 2, 2017: From 11:00 am-4:00 pm I’ll be in Niagara on The Lake for the same event! This is a two-day event and I will say that it is spectacular! Hope to see you there.

Saturday, April 8, 2017: I’ll be at Chapters Waterloo from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm signing and personalizing copies of Panda the Very Bad Cat! Come and visit me!

Saturday, April 15, 2017: I’ll be at the Annual Bunny Trail Event in Niagara on The Lake at the community centre from 10:00 am-1:00 pm with Panda the Very Bad Cat!

Saturday, April 22, 2017: I’ll be at Ren’s Pet’s Depot in Kitchener (1525 Victoria St N, Kitchener, ON N2B 3E4) from 11:00 am-3:00 pm doing a VERY SPECIAL event as I partner with Pet Patrol in an adoption/book signing event. Pet patrol is a cat adoption and rescue centre and I can’t wait to help them raise funds for the animals in their care. I’ll be there with my book Panda the Very Bad Cat and I hope you’ll join me in helping this amazing rescue.

Sunday, April 23, 2017: I’ll be doing a book signing event at Chapters St. Catharines (285 Geneva Street) from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. Come and get your copy of Panda the Very Bad Cat signed and personalized!

Saturday, April 29, 2017: Panda the Very Bad Cat and I will be at A Child’s World Family Festival from 10:00 am-2:00 pm in Welland (244 Thorold Rd. W L3C 3W1). The Child’s World Family Childcare Centre is hoping to raise funds to buy new equipment and supplies for each of their 24 centres. I hope you’ll join me in supporting them that day.

Check Out Our Newest Thing!…

Hi Friends, I just wanted to quickly tell you about the newest thing happening at Pandamonium Publishing House! I’ve started a weekly newsletter titled The Panda Post and I hope that you’ll enjoy it. It offers new books, general information about what’s happening in the publishing and book industry, trends, events and more. Here it is…Enjoy!

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