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The Boys from Ukraine

28 Feb

My husband and I relocated to Malaysia just as I was finishing the art for Let’s Be Friends. We moved into the residence hall of the boarding school where he works, and got settled in.

During this transition, my friends at HarperCollins and I were discussing front cover ideas for Let’s Be Friends. We settled on an option that featured tons of children. Luckily, inspiration was all around me. It’s like the UN around here! I drew many of my new little neighbors into the cover art.

Yarema and Oleksa, highlighted above, are from Ukraine. Here they are with their parents, Oksana and Andriy.

In light of recent events, showcasing this Oleksa, Yarema, Oksana and Andriy seems not only appropriate, but vital.

Over the weekend, this lovely family hosted a StandWithUkraine open house.

Homemade flags adorned homemade brownies, and traditional Ukrainian “cushion” cookies filled out the table.

We hugged, we listened to Ukrainian music, we wrote well wishes on yellow and blue paper hearts and stuck them on the wall.

Let’s Be Friends asks, “Can friends come from anywhere?”

Of course they can.

Ukrainian friends, we stand with you.

Want to help?

CLICK HERE to be directed to Andriy’s blog, STAYWITHUKRAINE, which includes links to trusted donation sites.

A new iMovie Trailer…

2 Dec

…for Healthy, Healthy. Love, Love, Love!

As usual, I’m probably late to the party. For the first time ever, I’ve created a movie trailer. Woo-hoo! Yep, I used iMovie’s “Retro” template to create a trailer for my latest book, Healthy, Healthy: Love, Love, Love.

Making the Trailer

If you’ve never messed around with iMovie’s trailer templates, oooh, you are missing out. Treat yourself! Adding images and tinkering with the text is fairly intuitive; I only had to ask Google one or two questions. Not bad. And results are instant, which is always gratifying. It took me about a day and a half to finish this trailer. Next time might be a little bit quicker, now that I know my way around, but realistically, between gathering all of the images and editing, editing, editing… if you’re making a trailer to promote an actual product, expect it to take at least a day.

True to form, I got overly excited and posted to YouTube a bit too soon. After this trailer went live I continued editing it a bit. The edited version is better, but I had already shared the YouTube link with my publisher. So… the YouTube version, linked above, will live forever. This is helping me with another hobby of mine: accepting personal mistakes and imperfections with grace. (Making iMovie trailers is easier, ha.)

YouTube

In coming months I hope to create more video content for my YouTube channel, including tutorials for kids. Would you like that? Let me know, and stay tuned. Move video content coming soon! Meanwhile, if you’d like to check out the videos I’ve posted over the years, click here. Be sure to follow my channel, so you won’t miss the good stuff that will be coming.

Get the book

I’m super excited about this new little board book for toddlers and will post much more about it soon, but for now, here are the basics:

Healthy, Healthy: Love, Love, Love by Violet Lemay (HarperCollins) will be in bookstores Dec. 15, 2020 (β—•β€Ώβ—•βœΏ) Preorder now!