The Moon Child tells the story of one adopted girl’s connection to her birth parents through the Moon and Sun. Why was this an important book for to you publish?
My daughter is adopted and this story was something that I used to tell her when she was little.
I think the personification of the moon and sun allows a child or parent that may have had the experience of separation from a parent to understand that they are never forgotten and always loved. The sun and the moon provide that tangible link as we all look at them from time to time.
The art in the book is fantastic. What was the art collaboration process like with illustrator Daniella Banco?
Dani is such a legend and beautiful person. She nailed the concept of the book in her first draft drawing which happens to be the cover.
She asked wonderful questions, got some photos of our family and made the book such a personal joy for my daughter, Bella. She captured the words and gave them life through her illustrations.
What scene in the book did you have the most fun creating?
I think capturing The Moon Child with her favorite things was the most fun. Morphing Bella’s favorite things into the image with the sand and her dog and her tutu. The joy of a child in their experience of love.
Dani and Bella met after the book had been published and they were like kindred spirits. It was beautiful.
What is one thing you hope readers take away from your story?
My hope for readers is that they can share in the love that exists for children in adopted or foster families.
Most importantly allow a child to understand that no matter where in the world or what happens in their life, their birth parents never forget them or stop loving them. Just as their adoptive or foster parents provide love to them.
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