Art is often a leap of faith - an innate belief that your painting, or your music, or writing is going to touch people the way you intended.
But writer - and artist - Michael Greer has found a way to better stack the deck in his favor. As he wrote his new middle-grade novel, The Eyes of India, he turned for help to students at his daughter's Milwaukee school.
The students - 5th through 8th graders at Woodlands School - helped create the illustrations in the book and helped shape the story, as well.
The book takes on some difficult subjects and tries to capture an Indian sensibility - and Greer was concerned that his treatment of the topics would reach his audience as he intended.
Greer and his wife, fellow author-illustrator Andrea Skyberg will talk about creating books and collaboration Friday evening at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee.