I credit meeting “The Wind and the Blows” entirely to my young friend Micaela. One day during the summer of 2006 we were driving down the road when she mentioned the difference between the gusts of wind and small drafts. Wanting to be sure I had heard her correctly, I asked her to repeat what she had said. “You know… the wind and the blows.” Her response triggered the creativity in my head. If she could see them, why shouldn’t you?
The Blows, although not named individually in the book, each have unique, playful personalities. While drawing the first rough sketches I dubbed them Milo, Reba, Ami, Jasper, Walter, Shoo, and Boo.
Growing up as one of five kids, I had the advantage of my mom reading books to us all the time. One of my favorites to this day is "Eight Cousins" by Louisa May Alcott. This inspired the seven rambunctious Blows, and of course, the more responsible, grown up character of the Wind.