LHS: A deep love of children and a book called 'The Read Aloud Handbook' by Jim Trelease. When I learned how important children's books are, I just had to be part of it. I have always loved to draw but didn't realize I was any good at making up stories until bedtimes with my first daughter, Mya, when they would just come into my head. I thought it was magic, and still do.
LHS: It came to me as a way to relate to children's feelings of fear and loneliness when they are separated from their family in any number of situations. And, I had always wondered what happens to a balloon when we lose one and it floats away. I thought kids(and adults) would appreciate a happy alternative to what we all think happens.
BBB: What do you think children will enjoy most about The Little Pink Balloon?
LHS: They will ALL understand how Little Pink feels, I'm sure, but I think they will enjoy her rescue the most. They will all be rooting for her, and find themselves riding a mini roller coaster of emotion as her story unfolds.
LHS: Well, if you have ever seen a child eat you will understand why I wrote it. Most of what they eat ends up all over their face! Bob Bear is no exception! Everyday, brings a new dish, alot of mess, and a new colored beard. I wrote it to be easy for beginner readers to have a go at reading too!
BBB: What do you think children will like most about Bob Bear's Beards?
LHS: It's funny! I've read it to Japanese children and they laugh their heads off!
The other day while I was reading it to a group I didn't notice that at that time one of the little boys was eating something chocolatey and when we got to the end of the story I saw the little boy and he had a brown beard, just like Bob Bear! It was perfect!
LHS: I have written many stories, which are waiting for illustrations, which people are welcome to read at my blog:
I am always open to working with artists who would like to illustrate my stories, because the stories keep coming and I can't illustrate them all by myself!
I would love my next book to be The Polar Bear because it is a rhyming story and I LOVED writing it. It has the possibility to be an incredibly beautiful book and I can't wait for you all to see it.