Choosing a winner for the contest was harder than I ever imagined. As you probably can surmise, seeing drawings of non-sentient animals that had previously lived in my mind was hard, but seeing a talking character brought forth a different set of emotions. I appreciate the hard work each of the contestants put into their craft and encourage each to continue honing their talent. I continue work on my own craft and hope to one day be able to sit back and view this series as art.
There were 15 submissions in total and the runner up was a 13 year old girl from Redondo Beach, our own back yard! I was rooting for her.
In the end, the winner of the contest was a teenage girl in Minnesota. Emma showed a true talent for capturing my vision and sketching them as my character Evonne would have done. With her parents permission, I gave Emma credit for the sketches in my books and a $175 Amazon gift card. It was an honor to have each and every submission and fascinating to see how my words inspired different versions of my creatures.