Someone asked me why I would stop writing suspenseful fiction and begin writing children’s books. They went on to point out that I would probably make more money doing the fiction stories/books that I am known for.
Needless to say, I was shocked at the question.
It did not take a long time for me to thing about my reply nor answer. I immediately said, “Well, I have a five-year-old grandson and watching him grow up is amazing. But, I also watch the news and I see the things that kids are faced with these days. While my daughter and her husband do a great job, every teaching opportunity helps. This is what prompted me to write a children’s book.”
The woman, a friend, mind you, thought about what I said and agreed with me. But, she had a perplexed look on her face.
So, I commented, “Plus, he is so animated and the questions he asks are amazing. And when I told him I was going to write a book, he got really excited.”
He said, “Grandma, you know how to write books?”
I replied in the affirmative and he asked, “Well how can I get to read the book?”
I explained that I also know how to get it printed and that really got him excited. He was smiling from ear to ear. Then he said, “Grandma, I can help you write it!”
“If you want to, we can work on it together,” I replied.
We talked about it and I finally got him to agree that I would write the books and I would allow him to tell me what the book would be about. Once this was done, I realized that he was not going to be happy with one book. I had to do a series. Hence, my new children’s book series.
Now, let me say; these books are fictional and they are very loosely based on situations and conversations with my grandson. Of course, he expressed that I have to show him the drafts and he will “…make suggestions and then I could make the adjustments.” (Paraphase-His vocabulary is amazing for a five-year old).
Needless to say, when he got Leo Learns About anger in his hands, he was so excited. But, he was disappointed when we read it because I did not add the adjustment he suggested. I explained that the book would have been too long, if I had made those suggestions. I promised to see if we could add something like it in a later book.
I can already tell that this is going to be a journey to remember. I’m thinking of documenting the process for each book and giving it to him as a gift when he reached teenage years. I’m sure the expression on his face will be hilarious.
Now you all know why I am writing a series of children’s books.
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