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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | What’s New?

What’s New?

Hi, everyone! I’ve been trying to get around to everyone’s blog — which includes more than the usual number because I participated in a blog hop this week.  But I’ve been battling a cold which would like very much to turn into a sinus infection and my motivation to do anything but lay around watching TV and reading books has been low.

I’m wondering what is new with you and want to share what’s new with me!

I commissioned a few more character drawings from Rachel Gillespie, who is — yes — a high school student with aspirations to some day work for Disney or Pixar.  I think she’s got the talent, and I’m delighted to help her build her portfolio of work as she applies to art schools. These character designs are for use on my website and promotional materials. My talented daughter Gabrielle is also using them in a 2015 calendar that will be available for download by January. There will, of course, be eight days in every week.

If you’ve read The Eighth Day, you might recognize the Donovan twins, Thomas and Tegan, who cause Jax so much trouble. They will return — much to Jax’s annoyance — in The Inquisitor’s Mark.

Thomas and Tegan 1

And this is Jax’s best friend, Billy Ramirez. Poor Billy gets left behind in The Eighth Day, but he’s going to have the adventure of a lifetime in The Inquisitor’s Mark.

Billy 1

Finally, the big thing that’s new in my life is an addition to my family! Meet my new office assistant, Luna.

Luna on my desk

She has definite opinions on my reading selections.

Luna in the bookshelves

And she gets along great with Sorcia.

Sorcia and Luna

What is new with you?


19 Responses to What’s New?

  1. Rachel does nice work. Awesome your daughter is making a calendar.
    Does Luna do the un-filing for you?
    Sorry you’ve been battling a cold.
    And the blogfest did make for a busy Monday, didn’t it?

  2. Sheri Larsen says:

    That calendar idea is golden! Love that. Yes, your student is quite talented. I’ve enjoyed watching her continue to take what you created and make it visual.

  3. Awesome that your daughter is using these pictures for a calendar. And when you’re sick, it’s good to just read and watch. There’s nothing wrong with doing that rather than trying to be always productive. Enjoy it and feel better.

  4. It ate my first comment…
    Rachel is talented. Cool your daughter will feature the artwork in a calendar.
    Sorry you’ve been sick.
    And does Luna help with the un-filing?

  5. mshatch says:

    Love the fan art and your helpful new assistant 🙂

  6. Tiana Smith says:

    Love the calendar with 8 days idea 🙂 Also love the pictures and the cat! Nothing new with me unfortunately. I’ve been sick too, for a few weeks now, so not much has gotten done. Yay for Netflix!

  7. Keith Wynn says:

    Wow – Luna is an absolute beauty!! I love black cats. They’re like miniature panthers!

  8. Aw! Cute kitty. I miss having a kitty. Our new house is surrounded by homes under construction, and the other day I watched a little kitten dodge into the building across the way. My daughter wanted me to go after it and adopt it. I had to remind her that we either get a new baby or a kitty, and since the baby is on the way, she doesn’t have a choice. She’s okay with that. =)

  9. Lexa Cain says:

    Black cats are highly intelligent and mystical. Congrats on getting your very own mystical cat, Luna! I love the new illustrations, especially the colors. I’m looking forward to The Inquisitor’s Mark!!! 🙂

  10. J E Oneil says:

    Ugh, colds suck. I got stuck with one myself and it has not been good for productivity. Also, great drawings. Rachel is a talented artist. And the kitty is adorable!!

  11. I’m a Leo, so a new cat is always good news. ^_^ As for what’s new with me, not much, just two plots I’m hammering away at… and trying not to get horribly frustrated with either of them. At least when one is giving me trouble, I can switch to the other, and hope that one will go better. Grr. Arg.

  12. ChemistKen says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving the kind words. BTW Luna looks very cute. Take good care of her.

  13. I was wondering if Jax’s buddy would be turning back up! And the twins- love the props she drew in, very spot on. =) Lovely new kitty, she looks like one very sleek customer.

  14. Seems like you’ve written some very interesting books. In fact, Very Superstitious was already on my TBR list.

  15. Steven Symes says:

    Character illustrations, calendar, black cat — sounds like you have a lot of cool things going for you! I’m just slogging through yet another draft on my current manuscript. Maybe it will be ready for a select few to read, finally.

  16. Hilary says:

    Hi Dianne – lots going on .. that’s great you’re helping a young art student develop her portfolio – though she patently has talent … and the 8 day a week calendar – fun idea …

    Luna – looks ‘helpful’?! Enjoy … all the goings on and I do hope that cold is now on its way out .. cheers Hilary

  17. What awesome drawings! Very talented girl. 🙂

    Ugh about the sinus infections. Those are miserable. 🙁

    Not much is new for me. I did get to help the kids in my daughters kindergarten class make applesauce. It was very cool.