About four years ago, Steve suggested I should write some children’s books. The blank stare he got in return did turn into note scribbling in a journal. We brainstormed about some of the stories that might fit the bill. In the end, we found the majority of ideas stemmed around animals—a natural topic for both of us.
Writing a book can happen in a few short hours, if the story flows. But a writer also knows, the finished product does not happen overnight. The words on the paper is where the process and ultimate work starts. This is especially true when it is a first-time adventure. And, this was the case with Barn Cat Buttons Meets Princess Kylie.
At the conference, I had the pleasure of a chance meeting with Dana Wand. Unbeknown to me at the time, she is a writer of children’s books. She was the first person to read what is now Barn Cat Buttons Meets Princess Kylie. On a scrap piece of paper, Dana wrote her testimonial about my first children’s book. A cherished piece of paper of the book’s beginnings.
My beta readers were all children in the eight to eleven year old age range. It was interesting to hear their honest feedback. Some were wordy, others wondered how the sheets of paper were going to become a book. It was a fresh and enlightening experience working with these junior beta readers.
"Capturing moments others may never get to experience."