Like many children, I didn’t just dream of being a writer, I was a writer. I penned epic tales of adventure, snappy short stories and wacky poems with questionable rhyming schemes. I didn’t care who read my stories, and I certainly didn’t care what anyone else thought of them, because I wasn’t writing for them. I was writing for me.
Somewhere along the road to adulthood, though, something changed. Writing became a requirement, rather than a pleasure. My stories were submitted to teachers to be assessed and graded. The enjoyment I found in writing dissipated. My belief in my own abilities dwindled.
Eventually I stopped writing altogether. I certainly wasn’t good enough to be a “real” author, and if I wasn’t good enough to be an author, what was the point in writing at all? Life was so busy, and I simply couldn’t justify spending precious time on a frivolous “hobby”.
Writing fell by the wayside, until a few years ago, when I started working as a children’s librarian. I read several picture books each week, and as I shared them with children and their families I started to think, “hey, I could do this….”
So I did!
It is with great pride (and no small amount of wonder) that I announce my debut picture book, Wild One.
Wild One is the rhyming account of an active little girl who runs and jumps, swims and swings, slides and wiggles her way through a very busy day. The story, with its “sprightly couplets” was inspired by the toddlers and preschoolers I work with, whose imaginations are only rivalled by their enthusiasm!
Wild One is being published by the award-winning independent Canadian publishing house Pajama Press, and is slated for release in Canada in November 2017, and in the United States in March 2018. It is being illustrated by Canadian illustrator Noel Tuazon, and the cover is more adorable than I ever could’ve imagined.
I hope to talk a bit more about the writing and publishing journey as we move closer to Wild One’s release date, but for now let me just introduce you to my dear new baby. I’ll be honest – it still doesn’t quite feel real yet!
Wild One – coming this winter to an independent bookstore or library near you (hopefully)!