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Embracing Your Creative Talents: How I Published My First Book

Why hello there! I’m Tiffany Carlton and before I was the Executive Creative Director with Johnson Branding and Designs, I was and still am an artist and self-published author.

When I was in high school around 2004 or so, I always dreamed of being an artist and an author amongst like a million other things. My art journey started when I was in middle school. One of my dear friends was a really great artist, and the best I could do was stick figures.

She used to draw our characters from our extremely plagiarized anime fanfiction and when she didn’t want to draw them; I took matters into my own hands and started to draw the summer of 2002 (probably)! Now I draw all the time! I listen to music and pop out some graphics I’m proud of. I have a whole Instagram dedicated to my art so I can share my sweet loves with the world.

I draw some different things sometimes, but I mainly focus on the characters from my books! So far I’ve written and published one book and I’m working on a second. It’s almost done and ready for an editor. I had been working on Road to Grimpaitra since high school, and it wasn’t until 2018 when I really sat down and completed it. I made an outline in Google Sheets and from chapter 7 on I wrote out what needed to happen.

Road to Grimpaitra follows twin sisters, Danica and Dion Kroan, on an adventure across dimensions to meet their father. It has magic, love, family and adventure all smashed into a 17 chapter book. I made a ton of merch for it including pillows, shirts and stickers that I should REALLY stop ordering! I draw all my sweet babies from my book—Danica, Dion, Harper, Adamaris and sometimes the boys—Max, Rune, Ridley, etc.  

    I think my high school self would be proud of what I’ve done and how I did one of many dreams we had back then. It feels good to do something I love, and I’m proud of being so creative to write and create my own graphics and stickers and book covers. I love creating and that’s why I’m here at JBD, because we thrive on creation.

We as people are creative and even if it isn’t artsy, we all can create something! I want to encourage you to go out and do what you love! Create the life you want to live and never let time stop you. Road to Grimpaitra started in 2003 or so, and I just published it this year in June 2020.



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