Wonderful Wishes is an imaginative tale of some of the crazy ideas children have, often when getting ready for bed. What was the inspiration for your story?
I am a very blessed mother of four children and 11 nieces and nephews. Over the years they have all had their little obsessions with certain toys. My oldest son loved trains, the middle one would always gravitate towards the monkey exhibit at the zoo. Knowing what kids love really helped me bring Wonderful Wishes to life.
The art in this book is fantastic. What was the art collaboration process like with illustrator Rosy Sale?
I knew what I wanted I just had to relay that through my own very basic drawings and references. She was spot on in articulating my vision for the book.
What was the hardest part of creating this children’s book for you?
Getting the rhyme to work while not losing the feel and story. Kids are very visual so I wanted the words to work with the characters. I had three editors look through the book before it was finalized.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
My next book is at the printer’s ready to come to life. Hopefully by the start of May 2022. This one is not my usual rhyming work. It’s a tribute to my sister who passed away from cancer as a young mother. It’s about two sisters that go on a magical journey through the sky. They get to sip tea from a cup made out of the golden sun, and have a tea party with a pink fairy. It’s a book I wish I could of read to my kids when we were going through this hard time. I have been so busy writing I also have a third on the way.
Back to my passion for rhyme. The illustrations are coming along perfectly, that one will be out mid-July titled I Just Want Some Cheese On Toast.
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