Excuse You Pig For Burping So Big was inspired by Dave Utter and his "Utterisms"... Dave used to say it to my children when they were young (and still does now that they are older). It was fun to take the first line and develop it into a children's book that can be appreciated by kids and adults alike.
It took a few months and edits to get the wording the way I wanted. After writing, it took years to find an illustrator. Originally, it was just for fun and I met with one or two illustrators but had not found one that could really bring our the style the book needed. One illustrator did not like the content (thought it was inappropriate). Finally, one of my business associates' daughter was going to be starting college in the Fall as an art major. I suggested that she give it a go at some illustrating. It did not pan out as she was busy getting ready for college. He then suggested another woman in our office (Tia). I gave Tia the book and she came back the next day with some initial sketches. I knew right then that she was the person who could really bring out the words with additional imagination!
I have no doubt, Tia will have the chance to illustrate future children's books for many authors! Tia has a great artistic talents.
It was fun for us to create this book and bring it to you! Hoping you enjoy many years of fun reading it!