Author: Patti Brassard Jefferson
Page count: 28
How Long Will You Love Me? is a book about all of the silly things you can think of to define the length of time that love will last. It's a question that children ask the adults in their lives all the time. Actually, its probably a question that we as adults ask each other more than we care to admit. This book answers the questions in funny improbabilities like " 'til baseballs grow on trees" or " 'til snakes wear boots". It's basically a reassuring look at endless love.
Apparently 50 years! Seriously, I came up with the page about the freckles that play golf about 8 years ago as a Valentine's Day card and probably about a year later started creating a few of the others. I don't think I had totally committed to it becoming a book at all yet. In 2010, I got married and moved to Florida which is when I finally got serious about finishing the book. At that point, I added the final pages and it was finally a book! I think a lot of first time author fall into the same sort of long,drawn out time frame. The second book will be concept to completion in 6-7 months.
I heard someone say "I promise I will love you until that freckle falls off" and I thought that was a sweet thought. I started thinking about other things that could never happen. Love is a fragile thing and everyone, especially kids, need some guarantees so I created each page in the book with the promise that love will last until something totally impossible happens.
Since I write and illustrate my books, I have to work both sides of the process. My initial session with a new thought is to sit with a big drawing pad and as I write out the first draft of the text, I also scribble out what the page might look like. We are definitely talking stick figures at this point. I don't have a set schedule during the week that I write or illustrate but I do have deadlines that I impose on myself. I also leave everything ready to go on my drawing table so if I get an idea, the pencil is already sharpened and ready to go.
I hope that this book makes the reader feel safe in the fact that love is everlasting. I'd also like for them to think "boy, that was a fun read". No one has read this book more often then I have and there are still parts that make me laugh. Bunnies wearing alligator shoes is still pretty funny!