Dear bloggers and faithful followers! My book has finally been published! It’s been a long and slow two years. BUT with my newest publication Going Through A Maze I thought It would be a good idea to venture down memory lane–Why I wrote the book and how it came to be.
For those who havn’t followed me in the process– I wrote this children’s book during a difficult time, while I was caring for my sick father.
This book is based on the love and friendship built between a grandfather and granddaughter. It depicts the reality of a family member or friend struggling with cancer in a simplistic way that is appropriate for young and older audiences. The story ultimately is meant to help prompt difficult conversations with children relating to cancer or any serious illness.
Here are a few past blog posts I wrote from the time my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer, to his passing, and then my grieving.
Please fellow bloggers I need your help. Repost this and help me spread the word. Portions of this book are donated to cancer research.
You can purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many other participating bookstores. Available in paperback or ebook.
In my opinion illustrations and media formats are the most important part of any book or story. And maybe it’s because having dyslexia makes it harder for me to put the words together fast enough to understand the content. Regardless, it’s where I go to understand the emotional point of the message. For children I believe they act in the same way. So today I’m working tediously on formatting my illustrations for Going Through A Maze #publishingprocess
So, I’m finally gearing up to publish the children’s story I wrote & illustrated two years ago.
Going Through a Maze.
When I was writing this story my father was diagnosed with cancer. And actually, it wasn’t a story it was a poem. My father even had the opportunity to read that poem. I turned it into a story after he passed away. And every Wednesday when my mother in-law would watch McKinley I tirelessly sketched and colored my heart out.
Unfortunately, I’ve sent it out and It’s not a story publishing company’s want to publish. Mostly, because it’s a children’s story about Cancer and subsequently death. Shocker. But, it also happens to be a story about preserverence, love, friendship, and family. You know, like important shit?
Anyways, I wanted to read my daughter something to help explain what our family was going through at the time, and there just wasn’t anything on the market. It’s important that there are story’s for children about cancer and death because many families experience this and death is simply inevitable– no matter how invincible you want to be.
So, I continue my journey and will be now be self-publishing! I’ll be sure to let my readers know when it’s ready to purchase. I also plan to donate a portion of the proceeds to help fund lung cancer research.