In February 2013, my rescue dog gave birth to six beautiful puppies. I took lots of pictures.
After Alistair became sick and died on April 9, 2013, putting the pictures together to make a book became a grief project. It was part of my healing.
Eventually, I decided on the theme of saying "Good Night" in different languages. My mom, Angie Dickens, and I began working together on the project. She helped me think of cute, rhyme-y stuff to say and picking the best pictures.
We turned out to be a great team.
In May 2013, Tell Me How You Say Good Night was released. I was so excited that I immediately had my mom take pictures of me holding the book.
I learned something new. The photographs got way more attention than simply posting the cover and linking to Amazon.
Also, I had joined the ranks of picture book authors. My road had expanded, become wider.
New doors were open to me.