For the past two years, Mary needed to write a children's book for an assignment at school. Last year's story was a cute alphabet book but this year, Mary chose to express her heart more and use the assignment as a way to encourage the class she was working in at the time. A couple of the students connected with Mary and she understood even more why I don't "go to work" but instead, enjoy the opportunity to teach other people's kids.
Mary wrote Suzie B to encourage the child searching and wondering who she is, and who she will be one day in the future. I was impressed with Mary’s ability to write and explain to a child, in their terms, that it’s okay to be who you are. We don’t need to be “who” the world says one needs to be, but instead, be the best “you”, you can be. Little Suzie seeks advice from her parents but in the end, it’s up to YOU, to be the best YOU, you can be.
Initially, I planned to surprise Mary with the finished book but after scanning the illustrations and working on the edits to keep their integrity while enhancing their pixels for publication, it was too exciting not to share with Mary. I’m glad I did give her a heads up. It was fun sharing the “behind-the-scenes” aspect of publishing with Mary and I look forward to seeing how God uses her gift to write and share with others in the future.
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Suzie B is available in Print and on Kindle - click for a direct link.
If you want a signed copy, I’ll have some at the First Congregational Church in New Haven, New York on May 21st, 2016 between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
In addition to Mary’s first book, I’ll have my books there also.
Please stop by and support a youth author and the publication of her first book.
Congrats Mary, I’m glad you like your surprise.