It was a big day. My first published novel, Lunar Lifter, officially launched with an event at my local library this afternoon. I am relieved to report it went very well. I made it through the reading without too many bumps, enjoyed watching children (and a few playful adults!) pose inside the Lunar Lifter photo booth, and signed a lot of books.
Sixty-four wonderful friends, family and book lovers came out to support me and celebrate children's literacy. Sharing stories, I believe, is one of the best ways we can teach and inspire. Stories help us understand the world and empathize with each other. With Lunar Lifter, I wanted to celebrate the childhood sense of adventure and imagination without boundaries.
I think we've all shared the experience of watching a child pull something out of a box—only to quickly toss aside the item and turn their attention to the box itself. With some creativity a box can transform into something magical. The story of two children who turn a box into a rocket ship that actually takes them to the moon came to me as I was telling it to my son Curtis many years ago. It went through many rewrites but at the core remains a story about wit, bravery and open-mindedness, accepting each other's differences, getting along with your siblings, and indulging in a bit of silliness even when circumstances are stressful.
I'm officially a published author now. I hope the book is well received and I sell some copies. I hope I have the opportunity to write and publish more. But regardless of what happens going forward, for today I want to sit back and feel grateful to everyone who helped me get here and feel proud that I realized a dream.
For more photos of the launch event, please follow this link to Flickr
A book review
My first review is in! It comes from Emma, 9 (pictured).
"Lunar Lifter really paints a colourful picture in my mind (with magic markers). I felt like I was really there. Erin and Cameron are comical, funny and brave. Their trip to the moon makes me get an idea of what being on the moon as an astronaut is like. You can almost feel the spaceship taking off and see the drawings come to life. It is a great read for parents to read to their children, or for children to read by themselves. You will definitely want to hear from this author again. Children will adore Cameron and Erin and they will love to hear about their amazing adventure."
Thank you Emma!