I have my son to thank for my new career as a children’s author. About a year ago, we were out to eat with a friend. It had been a long day, the meal was over, and we were waiting for everyone to finish their dessert. So, as four-year-old boys sometimes do, he started causing trouble.
I stopped him and said: tell me a story. I looked at his shirt, which had a dragon on it, and gave him a character. I asked where the dragon lived. He informed me that his dragon, Edgar, lived in a volcano. We both spent the next few minutes adding to the story, and then it was time to leave.
As soon as we got home that evening, I went to my computer and wrote the first draft of The Volcano Dragon. I spent the next couple weeks adding to it, then I sent it off to an editor for her invaluable input. Another rewrite, and then the job of finding an illustrator! And boy did I ever luck out with my illustrator. Her art has brought our story to life.
Publishing a book takes a lot of work, and a lot of help. I’ve received so much input and assistance from friends and family along the way, and it has all helped make this possible. But mostly, we can thank a little boy for inspiring the creation of The Volcano Dragon. I hope you love it as much as we do!