Nicholas Adkins

 Sometimes appearances can be deceiving, even for big scary monsters.

 Nicholas Adkins is a Linden High School graduate, Michigan State University alum and now the illustrator of a recently published children’s book, “The Great Big Scary Monster.”

“From the beginning the Great Big Scary Monster turns out to be a silly little green monster, and rather than being scary is just messy and disruptive,” Adkins said.

Just as the Great Big Scary Monster may not be all that it seems, so is Adkins, who has no formal training as an artist, and instead actually studied to be a writer in college. However he does have the experience of an artistic past as a kid. “I was one of those kids who grew up constantly drawing on everything.”

The story was written several years ago by his sister, Saraya Evenson, who asked him to do the illustrations for the book. Though he was not up to it at first, he eventually changed his mind.

“A few years ago when she originally asked me to do it, I had done a few illustrations but I didn’t have the patience to finish it. Any time I made a mistake I would get frustrated,” Adkins said. He attributed the ability to draw the book now from being older and having kids of his own – a 3- and 4-year-old, which helps him relate to the book’s subject matter.

“It took some patience and perseverance, and I remembered why I liked drawing as a kid,” he said. The book was self-published and can be purchased online through the book’s website, www.thegreatbigscarymonster.com

“It’s been interesting, especially because it is my first time self-publishing,” Adkins said. “The book is selling well.” He recently started to illustrate his second book, “Cat Forest Monster,” which he will also write. Adkins is hoping for the book to be released sometime in 2013.

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