I have written and published three children's books (which can be found on Amazon and Barnes and Noble). I love to write, and writing children's books is especially fun since I ran a daycare for many, many years. I would love to finish a novel that I've been working on for a few years, but for now I'll stick with children's books.
Let me tell you a little about my books.
The idea for first children's book, Hammy's New Home, was derived from a real life “Hammy”. My friends, Donny and Hope, had a little pig named Sir Hamalot (aka, “Hammy”) and one day when my husband and I were visiting, I met Hammy. He was an adorable pig, tucked away in his large muddy pen, and super lovable. After talking to him and doting on him, we (the humans) sat on the back porch having coffee while visiting, and our friends' dogs lay at our feet. During this visit, I kept hearing Hammy snort and make all sorts of cute pig noises in his pen. I felt bad and at one point said “he wants to be on the porch with us, not all alone in his muddy pen!”.
My friend, Hope, actually mentioned that I should write a story about Hammy and we joked about it. I didn't write the story until about a year later!
This book took a lot of time, not only to write and have illustrated, but to finalize for Create Space submission. Writing and self-publishing is a lot of work, but it can be fun and rewarding.
Illustrations were done by my friend, Chris Strange, from Little Falls, NY. Chris did a wonderful job of capturing the expressions I needed from the people and animals in this book and I am happy about how Hammy looks. Just a cutie!
My next book, If I Were A Duck was a fun one. Those who know me know that I am a silly person (I get that from my mother!) and I love to have fun. One evening, my husband and stepdaughter, Amber, and I were at a restaurant called Ninety-Nine and we had a bit of a wait until we got a table. We stood outside and watched the ducks swim in the pond and roam on the grass around it. At one point I said “wouldn't it be neat to be a duck for a day?” and proceeded to tell my husband and Amber what I would do if I could be a duck....for one day. That turned into a silly rhyme and BAM! An idea for a book.
Haven't we all, at one point in our lives, wished we could be some sort of animal?
Illustrations for this book were done by my friend, Sam Wittman, who did a wonderful job of capturing the idea of how fun it would be to be a duck!
And last but not least, Annie to the Rescue. I am a volunteer for a local animal rescue organization called Pause 4 All Paws. My husband and I have fostered (and adopted) from this group and I have been to a few of their events, volunteering and showing my support. One day, while talking to their founder, Johanna, the idea clicked and I sat right down that evening to write it! Of course it took longer than an evening.......I had to tweak it and re-write, proof and edit (thanks to my friend Tina Sanders who proofs/edits all of my work and is my #1 supporter!!) but finally, the story was finished.
15% of proceeds for Annie to the Rescue is donated to Pause 4 All Pause! You can also find them on Facebook Pause 4 All Paws and become a volunteer, foster, or just give a donation.
Illustrations were done by my grandmother's cousin, Elaine Schmidt, who did a wonderful job of showing how dedicated Annie was to rescuing the dogs, as well as drawing the dogs (hey, I can't even draw a stick figure!).
Someone recently asked me if there was a specific reason I had for having a different illustrator for each book. The reason is, I feel that each artist is unique in his/her own ability and why not use the right one for the job? What I wanted from each one was exactly what I got. I highly recommend all three of them!!
Stay tuned for my newest to be released in the new year!!
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