It’s finally happened, I have done all the editing and uploading, the tweaking and pondering and now here it is – ‘My Curly Grandad’!
This is the book that started it all for me. When my Dad died I was searching for just the right resource to help me to guide my two young children through all their questions and worries. I needed clear detail but in an accessible way, I wanted to be able to clearly share with them the hope filled truths of the Bible. So I began to write.
It’s been an emotional rollercoaster of a ride, and in the midst of that – all the angst surrounding embracing being an author, and finding the hows and wheres of independent publishing, and marketing (I’m getting braver every time!) – other books have been written and launched. Now it’s ‘My Curly Grandad’s time to shine.
If your family have experienced the grief of a loved one dying then this is for you.
If your family is full of questions and curiosity, and you are talking faith together then this is for you.
If you are unsure what the Bible really has to say about death then this is for you.
If you are involved in children’s ministry in church or in the community then this is for you.
FIND ‘MY CURLY GRANDAD’ HERE
‘My Curly Grandad’ is a book that will open up discussion about the hope of eternal life that Jesus offers his friends, and his love for us everyday. My prayer is that it will give us as parents a good and clear resource, giving us the vocabulary and confidence we need to be able to talk openly with our children about death and our hope of new life in Jesus.
I have just literally grasped at a spare moment to play around with one of my designs and have put together a collection of products full of encouragement for those facing new beginnings this September.
The book launch continues at a steady pace. Last week I was in an infant school with year 2, some of whom were at the school when I chatted with them about the ideas behind ‘So many answers’. It was great to show them the finished book and talk together about all the processes needed to get from an idea to the book being launched.
We giggled about some of the pictures, and what they reminded them of – and the times they had asked something that had that same answer!
“I like the cake one best”
“My favourite is the feet – little lovely baby feet in a heart”
I had the opportunity to read the book with them. And afterwards they gave me feedback!
“It makes me feel happy”
“I’m thinking about how some things don’t feel fair”
“It reminds me about sharing”
“God loves everyone”
“Can I buy the book?”
I left them wondering and planning some writing of their own (can’t wait to go back and hear all about it), and left them with the challenge to think about other answers God sometimes gives us when we ask him things.
Who’d have thought it… an author & illustrator, and I’m an introvert!
The concepts, the writing, the imagining. The doodling, drawing, editing – all of it I love. I love watching as my imaginings take shape as a book. I love watching as people read my books and enjoy.
But I’m self-publishing, and here’s where it starts to get interesting. I have to publicize, plan and get these books ‘out there’ too! And then it gets scary. I’m so out of my comfort zone.
With ‘So many answers’ I have stepped up the pace a little, and really pushed myself. I have contacted other bloggers cheekily asking if I can guest post about my book. If you missed them, I have a guest post on #includedbygrace and on #flamecreativekids I have emailed people and asked if they will write words of endorsement, have contacted Christian organisations also seeking to support Christian families to let them know my book exists and how helpful it will be for families.
‘A little book that engages with some big theology. With honesty, intelligence and humour, ‘So Many Answers!’ takes us on a journey of words and pictures to remind us that God’s love and desire for his children is unconditional, unfailing and often unexpected.’ Bishop Paul Williams
Still in the pipelines are a launch party and visits to local schools with one confirmed, and others still to approach.
If you have read ‘So many answers’, I’d love it if you could leave a review on Amazon to let others know what you thought about it! (I told you, I really am pushing myself with this whole book launch thing!)
Incredibly pleased to be launching ‘So many answers’ over the next couple of months.
I have enjoyed writing and illustrating this one so much – and I know you’ll enjoy reading it with your little ones.
Well, this was an unexpected result of blank pages and new ideas and opportunities… I have been busy this week setting up a shop with Zazzle where I am hoping I can make some of my designs and illustrations available on a range of products.
If you like what you see, do go and have a look… I will be adding others.
It’s a new year! Inevitably I’m looking back over 2017 and looking forward to the writing adventures to be found in 2018.
In 2017 I got stuck into writing monthly devotions for a Christian SEND family network over in the States, and it seems that 2018 will introduce me to a bigger team, and bigger audience, over there as ‘Snappin Ministries’ joins with ‘Key Ministry’ and I continue to contribute as a writer with them. I’m not sure yet what that will look like but am excited to be part of something as it grows and expands it’s support of families like mine and the churches that they seek to be part of.
In the spring of 2017 I piloted a school experience day based on ‘My Easter Egg Hunt’. We had a lot of fun delivering it, and had some wonderfully positive feedback from children and from teachers. The story opened up the meaning of Easter very naturally. This material will be made available in the coming weeks – I’ll keep you posted!
I celebrated ‘My Jesus Family’ at Pentecost…
Of course another highlight was also launching ‘Angels Singing’, and being encouraged by stories of people of all ages finding it to be a book that created space for them to reflect and be still with God. We also explored the possibilities of communal contemplative colouring, and loved the way it included so many, often those on the edges.
So what will 2018 bring?
I am waiting to hear back from a publishing company about a submission – a book I am very excited about which explores what the Bible says about God answering prayer. So again I will let you know when I hear what’s next for that one!
I am working on collecting together more contemplative colouring, and imagining the possibilities of producing materials for children’s scrap-booking with God.
As I’ve said I will be writing regularly with ‘Key Ministry’, but am also talking with a UK based network to see how I might contribute too.
And then of course there’s the back burner project that I’m hoping to revisit this year – the book that began this whole writing adventure for me. It’s about time you met ‘My Curly Granddad’.
Plus all the little sparks and ideas that happen whenever I see a fresh blank page. I am officially loving this adventure – who knew there was a writer in me waiting to get a word in edge ways!