I’ve devoted this blog to celebrating nature and the environment, but today I’m going to digress for a different kind of celebration: the debut of my picture book, The Fort (Page Street Kids)! It is certainly an unusual time to launch a book into the world. Yet despite all that is (and isn’t) going on right now, the book is here!
This journey started back in 2007 when I wrote the first draft. And let me tell you, there have been A LOT of drafts in between. Obviously I didn’t work on it all the time. The story spent months without any attention at all. Then I’d pull it out, revise and submit it to editors and agents. I got a few nibbles, but no contracts. This cycle repeated many times. Yet from the very first draft, I believed in the story and didn’t give up on it; and despite the countless revisions, the heart of the story remains the same. It was finally picked up by Courtney Burke at Page Street Kids in 2018, as a result of a #PitMad Twitter event (hooray – they really work!). Then Adelina Lirius brought the story to life in a way I never could have anticipated.
And so, on April 21, 2020, The Fort enters the world.