Character portrait of Svea from MontagueMouse.com. Svea is a black mouse from the Skullhollow tribe that Montague makes friends with. Find more at MontagueMouse.com. Art by KiriLeonard.com

Montague Mouse: The early Struggles of Writing Your own Book

She was a warrior, no doubt of it. The beaten up skull of a feline sat atop her head, warning predators she was not one to be trifled with.`` - Montague Mouse, the Story

Montague Mouse © Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2016

The initial (naive?) idea.
Do you like to daydream? I engage in a lot of daydreaming. Every single day. These dreams often turn into fantastic project ideas. Really, they are nothing short of fantastic (at least while they are ideas, realizing them is a whole different beast).

For January 1st this year, I had the terrific idea that 2016 was going to be the year Montague Mouse came to be! Yes, it was finally going to happen! After 3 years of toying with the idea, now was the time. Being overly optimistic I had thought by the end of the year I could have the full story written and sketched out; Oh boy, was I wrong!

The thing is when dreaming up projects you rarely account for life getting in the way, but more often than not it happens. In my case freelance work has been pretty good this year, but that has come at a cost of quite a bit less time for my own projects and I have to priorities the freelance work because like anyone else I have bills to pay, and unfortunately there is little money in my own projects at this juncture.

Montague Mouse: A Wild Ride So here is where I am at:
It is now August; I have the first three chapters written and not near as much artwork done as I would have liked, but it is okay. Isn’t it?

The project grew from a simple 32 page picture book into a heavily illustrated story book of an est. 200 pages, so it is bound to take more time. The good thing about it is the story has gotten far more engaging and complex, which in the end will benefit you readers.

So what is it about?
If you have not already seen it, I set up a beautiful website for the project in January where you can read about the project and follow the updates.

I figured I would be able to update that once a week (cough – another failure) but we learn from failures.

The website is there nonetheless and while not currently updated as often as I would like, it does serve a purpose and I invite you to go check it out! You can find it here: MontagueMouse.com

Below here is a collection of some of the art I have done for the project, because I have been working on it whenever I found the time, and I am excited about where it is going. I hope you will be excited too.

Kiri Østergaard Leonard
kiri@kirileonard.com

Kiri Østergaard Leonard is an award winning illustrator and artist from Denmark, currently living in Austin, Texas. She enjoys working on projects within the fantasy and children's illustration genre.

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