It’s been a while since I sat down to pen a blog. Last year I took a self-imposed hiatus from social media as I was starting a new job and had some physical issues going on at the time, as well. Though I’m doing much better now and settling into my new position, I have found it hard to re-enter the world of social media and even blogging. However, I must catch you up on all that’s happening.
First, I released a new book, Pete the Brave, with Pen It! Publications. Pete the Brave tells the story of a ordinary bug who turns into a hero and saves the day. Some see Pete, a lowly click beetle, as a pest, small and unimportant, but when the bugs are in danger, Pete steps up and saves the bugs who have harshly judged him. It’s a fast-moving, rhyming story that emphasizes the lessons of not judging and self-sacrifice. Follow this link to purchase any of my books. https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B01MYYH3OI
Another book I will be releasing soon from Pen It! Publications is the sequel, Cleo & Roger Discover the Art of Columbus, Indiana. Our two squirrel friends are back to explore art (mainly sculpture) in Columbus, Indiana. This time the book offers a map to help exploration as well as details about each character and what famous person in Columbus they represent. The book highlights art from Ruth Aizuss Migdal, Jean Tingley, Dessa Kirk and more.
I’m now with a new publisher, PathBinder Publishing, and am preparing to release another new book, Love, Hope. Love, Hope explores the emotions of children during the time of the pandemic. As we are living through strange and different times, we’ve all experienced a variety of emotions – positivity, discouragement, anger, and sadness. We wonder if everything will return to normal and how do we handle these feelings. This can be harder for children to process.
I interviewed about a dozen families, asking them 11 questions. I compiled their answers in the form of letters to and from the main character, Hope. Her friends describe how they are feeling, what’s going on in their lives during this time, and she replies with empathy and hope. This book should be released in the next few weeks.
In addition, I’m working an art student from Herron School of Art in Indianapolis to illustrate another story, The Red Coat. This was a story of my mother’s childhood. It’s set during The Great Depression and tells a story of compassion, a giving heart and gratitude.
So while I may not have been active on social media, I’ve not stopped writing. During all the work that goes into working with illustrators, editors and publishers, I’m working on a new inspirational devotion book for adults. I needed a slight change of pace for a bit. Watch for more news as each book is released! You may still contact me if you would like to schedule an author talk for your classroom, library or club. During the pandemic, I’m doing these via Zoom and Google.
That’s it for now! Next time I won’t wait so long to fill you in on all the news.