Dreamy illustration by Brenna Daugherty

Illustration by Brenna Daugherty

Illustration by Brenna Daugherty

Brenna Daugherty has an Etsy shop called Hep Threads Vintage. That’s how we met, so to speak. She created a lovely illustration — the one you see of me on this website, where I’m looking right at you, like I know something. It’s a strange and delightful thing to see yourself as an illustration, mysterious almost. How does she do that? I wondered. I asked Brenna if she was willing to do a short interview about her process. Happily, she agreed.

You studied art at UC Berkeley. Did you know you always wanted to be an artist?

Yes! I’ve been enamored with all things creative and artsy since I could hold a crayon. In high school and at UC Berkeley I studied fine art, but since then I’ve delved into the world of illustration and I’ve found that that is my true calling.

Illustration by Brenna Daugherty

Illustration by Brenna Daugherty

Your store, Hep Threads Vintage, is also a vintage clothing store on Etsy. How does your love of vintage and your love of art play out in your work?

I’ve been fascinated by nostalgic imagery, history and vintage fashion for almost as long as I have been interested in art. Not surprisingly, much of my illustration work carries sentimental and vintage themes, sometimes subtle, sometimes overt.

In the case of your portrait illustration, Lauren, I drew inspiration from vintage botanical illustrations and postcards as well as 1940’s dress details.

What do you enjoy about doing illustrations? What do you look to translate from a photo to an illustration?

Illustration by Brenna Daugherty

Illustration by Brenna Daugherty

I love illustration because it’s art for the masses; you don’t have to be an established art critic to understand its merit and it resides in everyday life, not solely in galleries and museums.  Illustration is also an incredible (and fun!) challenge because at the end of the day the goal is to create a unique representation of something or someone that is both aesthetically pleasing and satisfies the client and finding that balance always keeps me on my toes.

When it comes to using a reference photo of a person to create an illustration, I strive to capture an accurate rendering of the subject as well as some essence of their personality. My illustration style is fun and cheery and I’ve found that my clients are too, so it’s usually quite easy to capture both.

Illustration by Brenna Daugherty

Illustration by Brenna Daugherty

Is this your full-time world, or are you also at a day job? If so, how do you balance those different roles?

Illustration is unfortunately not my full-time world…yet! My dream career is absolutely illustration, but as I work towards that, I also have a day job where I work as an art assistant at painting classes in Sonoma County, CA. Luckily for me, my day job is art-related so balancing illustration with that isn’t too tough; being around aspiring artists every day always inspires me to come home and work diligently on my illustration projects.

*Visit Brenna’s shop, Hep Threads Vintage on Etsy, to order your own illustration or a very sweet dress.

Thank you, Brenna!

Free short story on figuring out first times: Bea’s Notes, May 29-31

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Bea, a university bio student, is approaching her new love life methodically. Want to know more about her quest to have a fulfilling experience with her maybe boyfriend?

Find out free! Bea’s Notes is free to download May 29-31. I’d love to know what you think of the story, so please let me know.

I’m delighted that Bea’s Notes was featured today on Freebooksy!

Hooray for reading and for discovering new authors!

More about the story: Bea is a transfer student at a mid-tier public university in California. She’s happy to have left home to study biology and live in a dorm with four girls crammed into one tiny room. She is even happier to finally be doing it. Unknown to Peter, her maybe boyfriend, she is keeping notes, just like she does for biology class, so that she has a baseline for their new experiment in getting it on.  



Goodreads giveaway! Enter now to win a free, signed copy


Your very own copy via snail mail!

If You Have to Ask is currently on Goodreads as a giveaway! Hooray for free!

Enter now to win.

There will be 10 lucky winners. If one of them is you, I’ll mail a signed copy to your house. Or business. Or wherever you want. As long as it’s in the US, Canada, UK or Australia. I won’t mail to space, even though it would be super awesome if someone (or something) in space read my book.

The contest runs through June 15. Tell your friends! Then maybe we can have a book club together.


Book release party! If You Have to Ask is out in the world!

You’re invited to a book release party for If You Have to Ask, which is now available! Hooray!


No, that’s not true. I’ve always been optimistic and committed. But still, it’s exciting to have it be for reals really real. I hope you can join me to toast an indie accomplishment. And by indie I mean indie published, but community supported. It wouldn’t be here, existing on the interwebs, if it weren’t for many collaborators and supporters. Thank you.

CroquetParty details

Sunday, June 1, 3-6pm; Contact me for location

What to expect: Cocktails, snacks and print books for sale. I can autograph them if you like. We’ll set up croquet, too.

Can’t make it? Your support matters! Please consider reading the book and sharing your review online and with friends. Bonus! I’m giving away 10 free copies on Goodreads.

Thank you, friends

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