Here are some tidbits on how I arrived on the illustrations and the back story on how this tale evolved.
Let's get started!
Two of the older gentlemen in my book are my brothers.
The first one I will tell you about is our brother John. He passed away when our grandson was a baby so having him in this book is a special tribute to him. Here he’s holding Gingerbread cookies. I have a reason for including this illustration. When John was in the service years ago, our mom sent him a goody basket overseas at Christmas. Instead of eating it himself, he passed out all the cookies and candy to the children where his post was stationed. He always felt so sorry for those children going through the war. That story never left me.
Our youngest son is cleaning up something on aisle 11. Any guesses what that might be?
(Number 11 was almost always his baseball number when growing up.)
How this book became a story.
When our sons were young, they had a day off from school and we went shopping. When leaving the parking lot a shopping cart started rolling after us. I don't know if it was some kind of magnetic force, coincidence, or what, but that cart followed us almost to the end of the parking lot. It even turned when I turned the car. We laughed so hard! Our oldest, came home and wrote a story about it. I have looked and looked for that story and never did find it. I know it’s here somewhere. (I’ve saved just about everything they ever touched. Ha!) The memory of it came back to me and I knew it had to become a book.
I hope you have enjoyed hearing more about my new book.
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As always, happy reading!