Adams told the children that he wrote “Good Nightmare” for his seven-year-old daughter, Isabella. He said they were taking a walk one night and he asked her if she was afraid of the dark and she said she wasn’t. He asked her to name as many sounds as she could think of she could hear at night. From this idea sprang “Good Nightmare,” which features a girl looking strikingly similar to Isabella who rides her favorite female horse (get it?) through the night as they listen for all the usual noises.
Adams grew up in Dawson Springs and now lives in Longwood, Fla., a suburb north of Orlando. He has worked at Disney World, Sea World and other places drawing caricatures. “Good Nightmare” is the second children’s book he has written and illustrated, although his illustrations have been featured in eight other authors’ works. Adams’ first book was “Miss Mary’s Missing Book Bag,” which was released in 2004. His next one is called “King for a Day,” which he expects to be published sometime next year. This book was inspired by his five-year-old son, Carter, who he said loves to dress up like a prince.
Other writers’ books Adams has illustrated include “Gift to the Animals,” Little Orange Salamander,” “The Nerds,” “The Magical Forest” and “The McGregors and Me.” “The McGregors and Me” was written by David Garrett, another Dawson Springs native.
After Adams read “Good Nightmare” to the small group of children present he asked if they liked to draw. After getting an enthusiastic response, he asked who would like to come forward to watch him draw. The first person to sit in front of Adams’ large sheet of paper was Bethanny Illig.
“Tell me to slow down if I need to slow down,” Adams said as Illig stared at his pen marks.
“Slow down!” Illig said.
Although Adams didn’t say first why he had asked her to sit in front of him, it soon became apparent that he was drawing a portrait of Illig’s smiling face. As most caricature artists do, Adams asked her about her interests so that he could add some things to her surroundings in the picture. She told him she liked flying horses.
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