This promotional image was made in 2012 for an aborted E-Book edition. The book was sold to Pressque that year so independent publishing was no longer necessary. This image combines art by Max Kim, drawn for the film project, and a temporary logo.
It could be said that I've been working on Carrot Field all of my life, but the beginning of the novel that now exists was in 1994. In 1995 I wrote the original middle-grade reader trilogy. Carrot Field quickly grew into a series of adult novels. But before that I tackled the entire trilogy as a film project in 2003-2006. Although I did, at one point, have an agent in Hollywood pitching the project, it was not meant to be. But the scripts still exist and they form an important part of the development of Carrot Field.
The hero of the 1990's Carrot Field was a Rabbit named Alexander. It was in the screenplays that Alexander became the father, and Sebastian the son and central character. It was in the screenplays that the irascible Badger, Professor Plotonicus, came into his own - arriving in a rainstorm instead of in a balloon, as he does in the published novel. Sebastian is a very different character - peevish, timid and something of a martinet.
There were several different beginnings as well, some starting with Alexander (meaning for him to be the central character), or beginning with Alexander and then moving forward to Sebastian, or traveling centuries into the past!
Here are a few pages of the early screenplay drafts. They make an interesting contrast to the final novel and are a fascinating part of the ever-growing Carrot Field tapestry . . . . .