Doodle Becomes a Christmas Story after Hiding in Desk for Years

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After years crumpled under paper clips and shopping lists, author JP Giunta turns a rough doodle into a children's Christmas story called I Hate Sheep.

JP Giunta is a compulsive doodler who never throws away his rough creations. Instead, he files them in a desk draw where they stay until he accidentally finds them. On Christmas Day in 1990, he made a rough pencil sketch of a little shepherd boy holding a lamb in his arms. At the time, it was just another drawing. Like so many others, he filed it in a drawer along with old shopping lists and outdated passwords. Years later, he found the sketch and turned it into a finished illustration, which led to writing a story about a shepherd boy who hates sheep.
"I Hate Sheep" is a new children's Christmas book written and illustrated by JP Giunta, a graphic designer living in Illinois. It is the story about a young boy searching for lost sheep and finding a shepherd king. The young shepherd learns what it means to take care of others, including smelly sheep.
"Now I understand how writers form friendships with their characters," said Giunta. "You start to think of them as real people with their own personalities."
Giunta chose to self-publish the book. "I knew it would be nearly impossible for an unknown author/artist to interest a traditional publisher, so I decided to publish it myself. I think it is a better alternative for new writers than waiting for that big break. It also gives readers more choices which can be a win for everyone."
The "I Hate Sheep" book is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. Interested readers can learn more about the book by visiting Giunta's book trailer on YouTube.
JP Giunta spent more than 30 years as a graphic designer and graphics manager. He is also an adjunct instructor in design, photography, and business writing, and works part time as a small business advisor for a Small Business Development Center. He has three children and three grandchildren and lives with his wife Penny in Illinois.
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