All The Dogs are Dying!


Christine Kornacki

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-9-39-50-amCan you imagine our lives if this title was true? I didn’t want to imagine that all the dogs were dying. But the premise made me think, what if? It inspired me to build a story around it.

What do you do when you have an imagination for all sorts of stories?

I write them –even when the critics tell me to stick with one genre.

I’ve always been a bit of a rebel. It’s never really served me well, but at least I can sleep at night knowing I’m true to who I am.

I find stories that make my heart flutter, that make my skin crawl, or that cause me to throw a fist in the air.

I’ve started another publishing project. This time it’s a middle grade novel about Wily, a ten-year-old boy who has to save the canine race. Yes, I know, it’s another new genre for me. I simply can NOT stay with one. It’s just not who I am.

The story is written and in the editing stages, so I was looking for an illustrator. I thought I’d know what I wanted as soon as I saw it. So I went looking.

When I saw Christine Kornacki’s art work I fell in love with it. (One of her paintings is above.) She’s able to show realism with a bit of fantasy, which was perfect for Wily’s story. (See the photo below.) Can you believe how REAL those water drops look? Amazing. (Plus, this little girl reminds me of Addison, my six-year-old granddaughter.)


Below are her thumbnail sketches, four preliminary ideas for WILY, THE CANINE PANDEMIC. I love them all.

Christine actually read WILY, THE CANINE PANDEMIC,  (the unedited, not finished) story! I was amazed that she took the time to read it, but it made all the difference. Because she read it, she understood the stakes, the personality behind my character, and what I was trying to capture. She took my story and created art. Wow! Her work revealed that she understood the story.

Take a look at these:

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Which one is your favorite and why. Please share.

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  1. I really like the second one. It shows a lot of action in a single image and, I think, will appeal to your target audience because it will get them excited about what’s going on.

  2. Bonnie Mae Evans says:

    I like the second one as well. It gets my curiosity going. Miranda’s hands clenched to her chest and Thor’s intent look shows a lot of emotion. Awesome!

    • Hi Bonnie – I hadn’t noticed Mindia’s hands clenched to her chest! Thanks for pointing that out. (Mindia’s name is a bit weird, which is why Christine called her Miranda.But there’s a reason for her silly name.)

      Thank you,

  3. My very favorite is the third one with the two kids and dog standing on the pointed roof. That one grabs my attention the most because I wonder what they’re doing up there. Plus it’s not a perspective you see very often. How fun to write such creative stories! 🙂
    Lora D.

    • Thank you, Lora! I love everyone of these for different reasons. Thanks for sharing your opinion.

  4. Debbie says:

    Hi Michelle,
    I like the fourth one because it makes me feel more a part of the action. It seems more intimate.

  5. I like the second one. The mysterious box, Wily, and then Thor and Mindia looking on anxiously really grabbed my attention.

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