Even though I may have visited many of the places shown in my books before, it was still important to double-check my facts and make sure all the details of my drawings were accurate. Even though I am from Montreal, for my book, Winter Moose Visits Montreal, I had to return to double-check a few things. Our memory is only so accurate.
The Making of My Great Canadian Adventures
One of the hardest parts of putting together this book was getting a photograph for each place. Because of copyright issues, I could not just take photos from 'google' search images. I got the "Why don't you just google it?" comment a lot when I asked around for photos from friends and family. Another time-consuming part was writing various places for permission to use the photos.
Here's how I got my 3 most challenging photos:
It just happened in the last week when my book needed to come together, that my dad's physiotherapist, Michelle, mentioned that she had to go to Edmonton for a course! Of course, I quickly asked her to take some pictures for me! Eventually I got photos from Daniel and my other friend, Winnie's friend, Laureen.
2) Edmonton - Even though Edmonton is a big city, not too many people that I spoke to have ever been there. My cousin lives there, but he confessed that he was not really into photo-taking. My brother-in-law, Matt reached out to his friend, Daniel, who lives in Edmonton. But before I saw any actual photos, I continued to ask around just in case. I continued to worry that I might not get photos from Edmonton. Then a second chance came along...
3) Nunavut - This was the very LAST photograph that I needed. At that point, I seriously contemplated needing to buy stock photos, but I was really trying to avoid that. So, on the day that I was wrapping things up with my book designer, I met up with my sister-in-law, Agnes for lunch. During lunch, I was going on and on about my efforts trying to get photos for my book. I told her I was only missing Nunavut. And guess what she said? My friend, Alison (originally from Australia) used to work there and she loves to take photos!
So thank you very, very much Alison, for the LAST PIECE OF MY PUZZLE!
The Creation of my Winter Moose series
of reading a book to my then three year old (following the theme of My Great Canadian Adventures), I decided to tell him a story of a moose's adventure. I asked my son what the name for the moose should be, and he told me Winter (which is also our dog's name!). I thought the name was perfect for our beloved moose -as "winter" is synonymous with Canada!