The idea for The Midnight Mouse came up about two years ago. I had just had my second mastectomy and was staying with my parents while I was recovering from the surgery. My stepdad came into the kitchen and asked who'd been eating all the cheese as there was none left. That night when I went to the bathroom in the middle of the night, there was my stepdad in the kitchen having a midnight feast. He was unaware of my presence and seemed to be sleep-eating as opposed to sleep-walking. It seemed he was the culprit who was eating all the food! My eldest daughter Kerri and I began calling him the midnight mouse.
As I have young nephews and a niece, I thought there had to be some way that I could incorporate them in the story.
My idea was to use actual photos for the illustrations, but change them into watercolors using Photoshop. This proved to be more difficult than I could have imagined. I google-searched many tutorials on how to do it. I followed the instructions step-by-step. I never liked the results and the steps were so complicated. I figured there had to be an easier way. Fiddling around with Photoshop wasted about a year of my time. I shelved the idea and focused on my medical problems.
Last Wednesday was a public holiday and I decided if I did nothing else, I was going to get the illustrations for The Midnight Mouse sorted. Once again I started worked my way through Photoshop watercolor tutorials. And once again I got completely frustrated. At some point bad words probably even flowed liberally past my lips. Another search on Google and then I discovered BeFunky.com. This is a great website that takes your photos and turns them into cartoon-type illustrations. Just what I needed!
Modern technology is really amazing. You can illustrate your own books, upload them onto Createspace and get them published all within a day!
The Midnight Mouse is available for purchase as a paperback or kindle book on Amazon.com. It is a free giveaway from Sunday 5th May through to Tuesday 7th May. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CMVT6VO