Elizabeth Lorayne has agreed to offer her new book to one lucky winner. All you have to do is leave a comment to get in the running. Reblog, or tweet, or talk about it on facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you before drawing the winners on Christmas Eve and announcing the winner on New Year’s Day.
Story of the books journey to publication:
In the summer of 2013, I felt a bubbling over of inspiration for my character, Piratess Tilly of The Adventures of Piratess Tilly. As being a new mother to a daughter, I especially felt the importance of creating a strong, competent, capable, and compassionate heroine. With my 14 month old daughter napping on my arm, I first began typing the first haiku stanzas into my iPhone! I had been writing haiku for a year and with Piratess Tilly’s story being so much about nature and exploration, it felt most appropriate to share her adventures in haiku. Once the first draft was complete, I read it to my husband, who instantly loved hearing about Piratess Tilly, her rescued best friend, a koala named Yuki and her crew of international orphaned boys. I formed my own publishing company, White Wave press and joined The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Through SCBWI’s illustrator galleries I discovered Karen Watson of British Columbia, Canada! Since publication, Karen Watson has had a successful solo art show featuring the original watercolor artworks on Bowen Island. A page from the book has also been used as the cover to an issue for the Reports of the National Center for Science Education. We’ve received wonderful trade reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly. We’ve also won a gold medal from the Moonbeam Children’s Picture Book Awards!
Written in the poetic form of haiku and illustrated in watercolors, you are invited to come adventuring with Piratess Tilly, her rescued best friend, a koala named Yuki, and her band of international orphaned brothers. As budding naturalists, they are all too eager for their expedition to the Galápagos Islands! While documenting flora and fauna, they spot baby giant tortoises being kidnapped . . . by pirates! How do Tilly, Yuki and the brothers save the tortoises?
Elizabeth is a writer, artist and mother, inspired by nature and the daily rhythms of her surroundings. Her upbringing in the Pacific Northwest and her current life on the Northern Atlantic coast accentuate her respect, curiosity and love for water. Being a new mother has also reignited a spark from within to remind all of us of our forever shared companion – Mother Nature; and with that reminder, to press upon us to cherish and protect her. Elizabeth hopes to share that appreciation for all of nature and the unseen world around us, in both her art and writing.
Elizabeth is a graduate of The New School in New York City, with a focus on art and writing. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.