I'm a novelist by nature. Once in while I try my hand at a short story, but long-form prose is where I'm most comfortable. However, I've recently had the opportunity to try telling stories in a graphic medium, and it's proven to extremely entertaining.
The Dabel Brothers are widely known for producing some of the finest graphic novels in the world. I was fortunate enough to have them ask to produce the Mercy Thompson series. Of course, when they asked me to write an original story I was a bit overwhelmed. It's like hiring a house painter to do your portrait; it may be the same medium there there's a very different skill set involved. Still, it sounded fun, and the due dates were far in the future, so I agreed with a grin.
I carefully explained that, while I know an asterisk from an ampersand, I didn't know diddly about comic books. After seeing my attempt at blocking and artwork, Ernst assigned the very talented David Lawrence to help me write something that would, eventually, become a graphic novel.
Of course, graphic novels wouldn't be very exciting with the crude stick-figure illustrations I'm capable of (though I can draw horses and princesses, having practiced in the margins of my notes all through shool. Yes, of course that includes college!). I've been fortunate to work with a couple of amazing artists, who are responsible for bringing the script to life.