Hello! It’s been too long since I last posted and much has happened. Dealing with disabilities during a pandemic really set me back, but I’m feeling better and getting back in the swing of things. I’m excited to be able to schedule and attend events again! And my first one was the amazing Imaginarium Conference for creatives. Imaginarium is always a wonderful place to be. I learn so much, am able to share what I’ve learned with colleagues, meet new friends, embrace old friends, sell some merch and get a creative boost to my spirit.
And speaking of events, I have an outstanding one coming on July 31st, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Diagon Alley Vendor Fair Party at Books & Brew – South Indy. This amazing event features Harry Potter themed games, food, vendors and more. I will be there with some of my books and Harry Potter essential oil diffuser jewelry. The line-up of vendors and their merch is amazing! For more info, click the link above to register. This is one event Potter fans will not want to miss.
Now, on to recent releases and soon to be released books! During the pandemic, I released Love, Hope – Children Express Their Emotions During the Coronavirus Pandemic through PathBinder Publishing. (Yes, I changed publishers too!) The book was illustrated by Kira Brant and featured in two newspapers as well as the two Indianapolis TV news programs – WRTV and WTHR. To write this children’s book, I interviewed about a dozen families, asking them questions such as:
- How does it make you feel to see people wearing masks?
- Is there anything that worries you?
- How did it make you feel when you couldn’t go back to school?
- What is your worst memory during this time?
- What is your best memory during this time?
I used their answers to formulate the book. In the story, Hope is our protagonist. Her friends write her letters, expressing their feelings and what is happening in their lives during the pandemic. Hope responds in a kind and empathetic manner. I’ve presented programs at libraries on the book’s theme both to parents as well as children to help them know it’s okay not to be okay. During the program, I help parents learn more about their child’s emotional health and how to start conversations about their child’s feelings. I’ve created a resource page on my website to provide parents and teachers the resources to help facilitate these conversations.
I have a new book coming out, The Red Coat – Giving and Gratitude during The Great Depression. This story crosses two genres – children’s lit and historical fiction. The story is based on a story my mother told me about an event that occurred during her childhood. I inserted other information she had passed on to me on what life was like during this time.
The illustrations were painted by hand by Calder Robinson, a student at Herron School of Art (Division of Indiana University). They truly bring the story to life and give it greater depth. A presale will begin soon for this book.
What’s to come –
- More Resource Pages (correlating to each of my books)
- New Program Offerings
- Hopefully A New Book
- More Events
So stay tuned. My creativity is fired up and I’m on a roll.