Desert Bliss follows an abandoned calico kitten on a journey through the desert to find a better life. What was the inspiration for your story?
Many times, throughout my teaching career, I have worked with children who have had extremely hard lives and very difficult situations to handle. I was inspired to write this story by especially appealing to children who are struggling spiritually/emotionally/physically to persevere, have faith, follow their dreams, and most importantly, to believe in themselves. Also, I wanted to engage peers and adults to be kind and especially attentive of children or creatures needing special love.
What were the morals you were trying to capture while creating your characters?
Bliss, the white coyote in the story, represents a heavenly creature who inspires and gives tremendous love to a lonely little kitten, Calico. Calico is a character who has an extremely hard life, seeking a dream of unbounding comfort, by his brave spirit, on a dangerous journey of the unknown. He perseveres on his mission with the compassionate guidance of his new spiritual friend Bliss. The moral I was trying to capture throughout the story is to always believe in your inner strength, have faith, confidence, and seek positive influences in your life. In the end, by having faith, your goal(s) can be accomplished.
What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?
At times, taking a risk to achieve a dream, will be the perfect choice for inward success.
Sometimes, one person may have the incredible ability to make such a difference in someone’s life by simply exhibiting kindness, listening, and showing unconditional love. In otherwards, “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one come to you without leaving happier.” St. Teresa
What story are you currently in the middle of writing?
I am in the middle of writing a story creating memorable critter characters of the New Mexico region. I really enjoy hiking and getting ideas/themes/characters/plot(s)/etc. by observing nature in the solitude of the outdoors. The beautiful blue sky, desert, and mountain landscapes inspire my soul and mind.
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I love the idea of deriving ideas on plot/character/story from the surroundings of your hikes!