IamA children's science book illustrator and author. AMA!
I finished my first children’s book, Negan the Stardust, and published it on Amazon!
I spent a lot of time on this book, started about 5 years ago. The first year I taught myself how to use a computer and photoshop for the illustrations. I then spent the next 4 years “finishing” my book about half a thousand times (literally), but always having to tweak something somewhere. The finished product has layers upon layers in photoshop. I finally decided it was done, to my husband’s relief, after over 8,000 hours logged into the project.
The book is an illustrated story of an atom named Negan whose home is in a star. On one day her star goes supernova and she and her two friends are suddenly speeding through the universe. They arrive to Earth and are met by other stardust atoms.
I wanted to write this book for my son as a way to explain to him how he came to be. He very early on started asking questions like “Why are we real?” and “How did I get here?”. When I went to look for such books for very young children I couldn’t find anything that gave the big picture from a purely factual and unbiased viewpoint. Any books that I did find that presented this were boringly filled with facts and had nearly no story plot. In other words, not very awe inspiring. So I created Negan, a girl stardust atom whose story shows how everything is made of stardust and how everything is connected. I hope the book can be part of making the next generation curious about the world and inspired to learn.
I obviously like the book and so does a few Harvard and Columbia professors who have given appraisal reviews. Admittedly, I am immensely proud of that.
I’m open to take any questions about the process of teaching yourself illustration, book formatting, and marketing techniques I’ve used to have well-known scientists endorse my book.