Last summer Deborah Underwood sent me a manuscript in an unusual form for a writer who's not also an illustrator—a PDF, with sketches. She had started using drawing as a new way of playing with story ideas, and boy, did I like the result! The story, which perfectly captured cat personality, had the off-page narrator communicating with a cat character who wanted to take the Easter Bunny's job.
By the first of the year, we had an offer in hand from Jessica Garrison at Dial, who thought the Easter Cat was the perfect foil for all the sweetly nostalgic books that appear in stores around Easter time. We're just now announcing because an illustrator has now been signed for the project—Claudia Rueda, whose HUFF AND PUFF features three expressive pig characters and was praised by Shelf Awareness as "Sure to be a family favorite." HERE COMES THE EASTER CAT is slated for a spring 2014 release.