November 1, 2016 Press Release

Contact: Bridget Finnegan
Nov. 1, 2016

Local Author’s Second Adult Coloring Book Celebrates Women

DURHAM, N.H. – Meet 33 amazing women in local author and illustrator Bridget Finnegan’s latest coloring book for grown-ups. Combining art with humor and now education, her Doc MacDoodle® series is a standout in the coloring book craze.

“The women in this book are all amazing women in their own way, and women I think the world should know about,” said Finnegan. “Learning about them and deciding who to include has been as much fun for me as creating the illustrations. In fact, I now have a stack of books about them that I am devouring so I can continue to add more information to my website.”

Josephine Baker, who received the French Medal of Honor after working for the resistance during World War II, is one of Finnegan’s inspirations. She is featured in the book as well as Cleopatra, Marie Curie, Amy Winehouse and Margaret Mead. Colorists will learn about the beehive ladies, including the inventor of the beehive hairdo, and a variety of other amazing women like the only female leader of China for four millennia, the first woman in recorded history to earn her living as a writer, and a woman who became a regular on “What’s My Line?”

“It was incredible to me how many women I was introduced to through this project or that I learned new things about,” said Finnegan. “Tech pioneers like the six women who programmed the first general use computer, Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie, and world travelers Isabella Bird and Dame Freya Stark. And then Phillis Wheatley’s history with Thomas Jefferson. It’s all fascinating.”

Animals, starring a know-it-all gorilla named Doc, was the first title to be published by her company, Dawdle Publishing, LLC. Animals and 33 Amazing Women are available on Amazon. The books will also be available at the Maker’s Expo at the University of New Hampshire Dec. 2, from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. in the Granite State Room of the Memorial Union Building.

Finnegan’s humor and whimsical illustrations set her coloring books apart from others on the market. The Doc MacDoodle series is friendly for people of all ages and all skills levels, designed to be a form of therapy rather than frustration. The illustrations vary in complexity.

Finnegan, an illustrator and designer, is the creative director at the University of New Hampshire when she is not designing coloring books and keeping DocMacDoodle in line. She graduated from Washington University with a degree in photography and is currently in the MBA program at Plymouth State University. For more information, please visit or Download images at: