Nikki & Me

Nikki McClure makes incredible art with nothing more than an X-acto knife and black construction paper. The beauty, emotion and complexity she creates with these simple tools are why she’s such a renowned and beloved artist.  Her cover art and chapter-heading illustrations for Closer to the Ground capture the spirit of the stories, and bring a visual beauty that I couldn’t have even imagined. I’m stoked to have Nikki’s art as a part of this book.

I was also happy to see her at the Olympia, WA reading at Orca Books on Saturday. Actually, the whole day was awesome. Orca Books had a great crowd, there were lots of excellent questions and we sold every copy of Closer to the Ground in the store. We also got to spend some time with Nikki’s family after the event, and then the Sweeneys (great friends who appear in the book) hosted a tremendous feast with bacon-wrapped teriyaki salmon and oven-fried razor clams. What a day. We drove home late at night tired, thankful and with spirits flying high.

To check out more of Nikki’s art, click HERE.



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