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JCHS graduate is illustrator for best-selling children’s book, ‘Merry Christmouse’

By Rebecca Herman
In 2011, Vicki Rushing began to wonder about her future and where she was headed after she graduated from Johnson County High School in May of 2012. She loved art and video games, so she began to research colleges that would fit the bill, offering programs in her field of interest. Originally from Florida, Rushing was aware of Full Sail University and soon realized that this would be the place for her to continue her education. Her association with the university ultimately led her to an opportunity to illustrate a new bestselling book, Merry Christmouse.
Linkville Press, out of Oregon, contacted Rushing with the name and information of author, Tess Votto, who was looking for an illustrator for her new children’s book. Votto sent Rushing the story that she had written and gave a couple of details that would be needed for the illustrations. The author had a few requirements: she wanted the family to be multiracial; the story would take place at Christmas, and the little girl needed to have red hair. The rest of the designs would be completely up to Rushing, who was able to complete 32 illustrated pages in two months from home on her tablet.
As of now the children’s book, Merry Christmouse, is Linkville Press’ bestselling book. There are two more books slated for illustration by Rushing. She is currently working on the second book, which is due to be released in March and will soon begin working with another author affiliated with Linkville Press.
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