The first step in writing a children’s book for me is deciding on the cover illustration. I knew I wanted to write a book about the desert for book number 2, so I had a fair idea what the cover should look like. I already had “Olivia Ocelot Comes to the Rescue: Adventures in the Rainforest” published, and I wanted to have continuity in her series, so I used the same pose as the cover for that book, but put her into a painting of the desert that I had painted a few years ago. Bill and I lived in Phoenix, Arizona in the late 2000’s right after the auto industry crashed in Detroit. Bill is an automotive designer, but he got a job in aerospace in Phoenix. We toured around a lot and saw all the beautiful cacti and cactus flowers all over, and I knew they would be perfect for background. The desert can be pretty boring, at least for those of us who come from green places. However, at certain times of the year the desert bursts into bloom, and then it’s spectacular. So this is the working cover for my second book. Let me know what you think.