Monday, July 18, 2016

Jim Averbeck presents A Hitch at the Fairmont

Jim Averbeck is an illustrator as well as a children's author. I was fortunate enough to attend a SCBWI workshop in Orlando this summer where he presented how he wrote this book. The research he went into not only for the Fairmont Hotel but also about Alfred Hitchcock was inspiring.

Averbeck shows us  the details about how Hitchcock uses storyboards to direct the audience attention to where he wants it go.

He also brings to life how an artists creates: There was that thrilling moment when pencil caught paper and dragging it across was like striking a match. And like fire the pencil burned the paper with black lines and curves. Small bits of lead popped and leapt behind as it tracked along with a satisfying scratch.

The story is about a boy who goes to live with his aunt in the Fairmont Hotel after his mother drives off a cliff and kills herself. Alfred Hitchcock just happens to be staying there too.
When Jack's aunt is kidnapped, he ropes Mr. Hitchcock into helping him find and rescue her.

Well that's all I'm going to tell you about that because this has more twists and turns than a roller coaster and I don't want to spoil the ending for you.

For a chance to win this book in this month's giveaway, please leave a comment or enter through the rafflecoptor.

See you next week!


Linda Carpenter said...

Oh this sounds very interesting! Looking forward to reading and thank you Sheila for sharing!

Joyce Lansky said...

This sounds interesting. I'd like to read it. Thanks for the contest.

Alana White said...

Thanks! This looks good; please enter me in the contest:)