Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters

My first children’s book is out in print. During my writing break over the summer, I tried my hand at illustration. It was hard and I learned a lot. I have a whole new respect for professional illustrators! You are amazing.

Thank you to all the authors who offered their feedback on the text (a simpler print and no italics). I realize it looks small in these images, but I did order proofs of the book (twice) and the actual size works fine.

I published this through Createspace, and it was a (grizzly) bear dealing with the images. Took me days and days and days to get the dpi right.

I was never going to subject myself to the agent-seeking process again, but I did, rather lamely, send queries to 7 agents in August. No takers, naturally, and I didn’t care a whit. This book was written for fun, illustrated for fun, and published for fun.

I hope you enjoy a few peeks at the illustrations.  And, of course, it has a happy ending.

Only in Print: USA, UK, Canada

Grumpy Ana Goblyn is sour, dour, and cranky. Her lips droop in a frown. She’s bored with every place and person in her friendly town. With the help of her father, she builds a spaceship and travels to a soggy planet where she meets her perfect monster playmates. But there’s a problem! The monsters see her grouchy frown and think she’s a monster. In this children’s space adventure, Ana discovers that her attitude affects her happiness, and she can change it if she chooses.

 

265 thoughts on “Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters

  1. A beautiful project! I especially liked the monsters’ picture. I hope you do many more!

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  2. […] prolific fantasy/sci-fi author. Since she writes for the adult market, I wondered why she chose to write a children’s book, so I invited her to stop by and shed some light on the subject. Take it away, […]

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  3. Diana! I had no idea! Congratulations! This is wonderful news! And kudos to you for challenging yourself creatively! You’re a true renaissance woman!

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  4. mycountryepoque says:

    arr Diana, you know what the children loves. They surely enjoys reading about grumpy characters and monsters. When I was around 6 years old, I read some books about monsters who lived in a green forests, but they were friendly monsters. I wish I could say that my children loves your book, but actualy that I am past those years, mine is a young adult now haha, Well done and thank you for keeping the kids entertained. You are too sweet!

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    • Thanks, Juli. My kids are all grown now too, so I got to write this one for the grandkid. Friendly monsters are the best kind by far! A little scary but nice in the end. 🙂

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      • mycountryepoque says:

        hahahah you made me laugh, are you telling me that monsters do change, it is like the frog that became the prince charming hahahahahah – what a laugh! I missed reading kiddies stories to my daughter, they were great days. Now I only cherish the those days,. gone too quick.

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  5. Loving the rhymes, reptilian aliens and overall concept! If ever you would like to exchange picture book reviews, let me know. I feel our views of the magical Universe is quite similar.

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  6. […] the story is unique, interesting, and has continued to keep my kids’ interest.  The book is Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters and it is written by a good blogger friend of mine, Diana Wallace Peach.  Check it out on Amazon […]

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  7. Joanne Sisco says:

    so, these are all your own illustrations?! Wow, you have an abundance of creative talent, don’t you?! ❤️

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  8. bethanyk says:

    The illustrations are wonderful!!!!!
    I wanted so badly to publish with createspace. I was having my daughter do the illustrations. I had written a book for her when she was very young and she always wanted to do the illustrations for it.
    For the life of me I could not get it right!!!!! I will go back to it. I need help to actually use that formattting because I really got so frustrated. So I went back to adult poetry and writing and working on my book. One day though!
    Really enjoyed what you shared of this though. The talent in the drawings is really phenomenal.

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    • Thanks Beth. I took a quick look at your about page and we have a lot in common! I was an Early Childhood mental health clinician and worked for years in hospice as well. Ah yes, that Createspace nightmare with illustrated books. UGH. If you want to send me an email, I will happily share the steps I took to get the formatting right (dwallacepeach@gmail.com). Don’t give up on your dream 🙂

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      • bethanyk says:

        Well how cool is that!!!!!!
        I so miss my hospice years but they gave me memories that have and will stay with me a lifetime. After the muscle disease I stopped being able to drive that distance. Interestingly right after, two hospice patients were presented right in my neighborhood! So I was not finished yet!!!!
        Thank you for the email. I am writing it down yet.
        I don’t quite have the patience at the moment but hopefully soon I will ask you for help with it. This was maybe a year ago I tried and just could not get it at all. As in no where near getting it formatted correctly!
        I’m still recovering from 5 grand mal seizures that let me with some short term memory loss so if I tried right now…well..would not get far I am afraid.
        But I will not give up. Thanks for the encouragement very much and offering to help.
        I even tried with amazon kindle and oh boy that was even worse. I did publish 2 books of poetry on amazon kindle but even that was not exactly what I had hoped. Still I did accomplish that! But my children’s book is very important to me so one of these days when I recover I will embark on it!

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        • You have a lot going on! Whenever you are ready, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m happy to help. I loved working in hospice – deep heart work that made me a better person. ❤

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          • bethanyk says:

            Oh yeah. I grew leaps and bounds working with hospice as a chaplain. Learned true unconditional love and selflessness.
            I do have a lot going on! Lots of health issues. Lots of sticky notes reminding me of everything from yesterday and the day before. I remember the past like it was today though interestingly. They just said I need time to heal. I’ve got nothing but time really. I can wait. Take some pretty flower pictures while I wait

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            • Well, that’s good news that you will heal with time! Yes, enjoy the flowers and take pictures. 🙂

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              • bethanyk says:

                She said, after the CT scan. It would be about 6 months to know what is permanent memory loss and what will come back. In just a month a lot came back. The first 2 weeks I had lost everything. Forgot I had a muscle disease. Was back living in myself at 18 years old which was pretty scary I have to tell you. But I was told that was normal given the severity of the seizures and how long they lasted. The seizure meds seem to be working. Every day I go out for 2 hours and find things to take pictures of and stay mindful. I think it has really helped me

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              • bethanyk says:

                I actually had forgotten every blog post I wrote. My doctor told me to give it a month before I reread them. I did. As I read them it was as if I was reading someone elses life. No recollection of anything I had written. My husband has pieced together the last 2 years for me even though I was supposed to wait to see if it came back on it’s own because I was getting to frustrated with tiny things like where my mother was and what age my daughter was, etc. anyway….enough of that!

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  9. A very important message for kids, esp those navigating hormones!

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  10. The pictures are beautiful. Good luck!

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    • Thanks, Susanne. It’s funny with this one being a side project, I feel no pressure to market. Maybe that’s not funny; maybe it’s bad. But it is kind of nice to have created something that had no pressure attached. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Writing.

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  11. Diana, I’m so sorry I missed this post! How wonderful! I love the concept. The illustrations are perfect for that kind of story. And such color! What a marvelous thing. Wishing you huge success. Hugs on the wing!

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    • Thanks for taking a peek, Teagan. It was a fun little summer adventure. Now back to writing the grown-up stuff and having lots of fun. 🙂 Never apologize for missing posts – we all have to spread ourselves around as best we can. It’s all good. ❤

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  12. Amazing! I’m very impressed. Thank you very much for sharing!!

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  13. Bel says:

    Diana I love the illustrations and your words are super catchy as always! Keep up the awesome job! So happy for you 😊

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  15. MoJo says:

    This is stunning! You “tried” your hand at it??? I feel like maybe we have different takes on what that usually looks like once you finish the initial attempt. You are ridiculously talented! This book is going to be on order and heading my way shortly! Congratulations on your brilliant success. 🙂 Joanna

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    • You are so kind, Joanna. I won’t list all the redo’s and fixes and start-overs. Ha ha. That was probably half of the total time required to pull this together. But I learned a lot and it was a wonderful break from adult books. And my grandson, Tornado Boy, is delighted. Thanks for the visit and I hope you enjoy the book! 😀

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  16. Fantastic, Diana!!! How wonderful it must be to see your book in print. I am thrilled for you and also very inspired!! xo

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  17. Antonia says:

    Yay, congratulations Diana! I love your illustrations. I just ordered a copy on Amazon and it will be here next week. I bet my kids will love it! 😀

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  18. shobhna says:

    Congratulations! The illustrations are so beautiful.

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  19. How’d I miss this post? I’m so excited for you. The colors and illustrations and rhyming lines all look like a hit. I know what you mean about using Createspace for a children’s book. I gave up the idea for mine because the illustrations were too large for the Createspace size. Thus, it was so much more costly to print/produce. But, I love the final product, so all good. How’s Tornado Boy like it?

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    • Tornado boy is coming over this weekend, Pam. He knows the story, but hasn’t seen the pictures. Oh, yes, and silly me didn’t check the book-size options on Createspace!!! One of my many learning curves. Cropping them all to fit! Yeesh! Thanks for taking a peek!

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  20. Wonderful! I can imagine how tricky it must have been to figure out all the formatting (something I’d like to try someday). You did a great job, congratulations!

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    • The biggest challenge for me was figuring out how to retain the dpi through all the conversions, Marcia. I’m not that techy, so I just tried a dozen different combinations until it worked. Lol. Thanks for the visit and Happy Writing!

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  21. Sacha Black says:

    Congratulations, this is awesome, I love how colourful and bright it is, kids will love it ❤

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  22. Ali Isaac says:

    Wow! A new string to your bow, Diana! Well done, and best of luck with it, it is certainly colourful and eye-catching, and I’m sure children everywhere will love it!

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  23. What a cute book! And a children’s book? What inspired you, or was it who? Grandson? Such wonderful colors, and rhyming–I think that might be the tough part for me 🙂 Good luck with it!

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    • I actually wrote it years ago, Julie. Tornado Boy, 4, has been writing books lately and giving them to me as presents. I figured I’d better reciprocate while he’s still young enough to enjoy. 🙂 Thanks for asking and for the lovely comment. ❤

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  24. Your talents abound, Diana. The illustrations were delightful and the text was so appealing. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  25. iArtichokeu says:

    Congrats! Sounds like a fun thing to put together. I love her hair! Haha. So unique.

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  26. inesephoto says:

    Wow Diana… Your illustrations are fantastic! Great Christmas gift for my eldest 🙂 You are a star!

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  27. You never cease to amaze me Diane…wow! I love children’s books and enjoyed them as much as my little one did, maybe more. Have a super day. 🙂

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  28. Good for you, Diana! That must have been quite the adventure, creating an illustrated book with Createspace. Amazing job!

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  29. charlypriest says:

    You also write childrens books, what do you want to put them kids in therapy?….By the way the other post I noticed you can’t comment on it,
    so I’ll go ahead and comment here, that is my girlfriend!!!!

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  30. Many congratulations on the new book, Diana. Colourful and eye-catching. Thank goodness you never asked me to contribute to the illustrations. In my art exam at my final year of school, my art teacher wrote this on the school report – ‘Hugh draws like a three-year child!’ I never liked my art teacher anyway. 😀

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  31. What a delightful tale. Love the illustrations too.

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  32. Andrew Joyce says:

    Even before I knew you did them, I was going to remark on the illustrations and tell you how wonderful they are. And don’t get me started on dpi!!!

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    • Thanks, Andrew. The whole process was fun, sprinkled with little bouts of sighing with frustration. Yes, those dpi’s seem to downgrade by magic. I spent hours trying different combinations of programs and finally got it to work. Don’t ask me how! 😉

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  34. I so love this book, Diana. It is beautiful and wonderfully written. You are simply just amazing! Have a terrific Sunday 😀

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  35. Widdershins says:

    Huge-mongous congratulations! 😀 … it looks gorgeous. 🙂

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  36. Joyful2bee says:

    I adore the beautiful colors, simplicity and beauty of the artwork. Such a lovely, delightful story line too. Don’t give up, share it with others.

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    • Thank you, Joy, for the lovely comment. I absolutely intend to share. And maybe next summer I’ll try another. I suppose what was different about this book was that since it’s outside of what I usually write, it was just for the fun of it, no worries about reviews, marketing, revenue. etc. It feels stress free to me. Have a great Sunday and new week!

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  37. sjhigbee says:

    What beautiful illustrations…:)

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  38. Dan Antion says:

    “This book was written for fun, illustrated for fun, and published for fun.” Well, it certainly looks like a fun read.

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  39. Bernadette says:

    Reblogged this on Haddon Musings and commented:
    I just bought my copy. Don’t forget children’s books make wonderful treats at Halloween🎃

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  40. Cloud Walker says:

    Thank you for sharing it.❤️

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  41. Reblogged this on Richard M. Ankers – Author and commented:
    Some things make me go WOW! Diana’s unending brilliance is one of them.
    Richard

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  42. There’s a uniqueness about your illustrations–an excellent balance of reality and fiction. I think you’re onto something.

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  43. Congratulations Diana. Your book looks beautiful.

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  44. Congratulations, Diana, this is wonderful news :). Love the illustrations! Would you like to do a guest post to promote this book on my blog?

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  45. Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Check out the book, Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters by D.Wallace Peach, as featured on the Myths of the Mirror blog.

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  46. You can write for kids, too?! I shoulda known you were a Renaissance Gal.

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  47. Norah says:

    Congratulations, Diana. That’s quite an achievement to write and illustrate yourself. I think your illustrations look amazing. The colours are vibrant and the content interesting. They also have an element of fun that would engage children. The story’s message is quite an important one for children, us all, to learn. I’m pleased you wrote and published this book for fun. It shows.

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  48. Congratulations! Your book looks wonderful and the illustrations are vibrant. It sounds like you were self publishing your book, yes? I have not heard of CreateSpace. You are right, once we delve into the illustration world, we learn that it has a lot of challenges with the uploads, etc. YOU DID IT!

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