Hello fellow readers and welcome to my blog! Since this is my first entry, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and discuss my upcoming debut release A World of Imagination. Though I have been writing since I was a child, I feel this is the first time I get to legitimately call myself an author. How awesome is that? I am looking toward release day with feelings of anticipation, excitement and yes, even complete and total fear. As a newly published author, the journey to get to this day has been an unbelievable learning experience filled with ups and downs. I had no idea what a village it takes to get a book from mere words on paper to the finished product you will soon hold in your hand.
There are so many skills I had no idea I needed as an author…web design, business and math anyone? Bringing my vision and little Charlie to life was definitely not an easy task, but it was certainly a rewarding and gratifying one. From initial storyboard concept to illustrations and revisions to navigating the ins and outs of the publishing world, I learned a lot! And, I undeniably have a great deal more to learn. Through all of this, it has been an amazing experience watching my dream turn into a reality. I could not have asked for a more phenomenal team or a more wonderful group of individuals to help guide me through this complex process. I never expected a little story I wrote years ago and then stuffed into a desk drawer would ever get the chance to see the light of day let alone become published for others to enjoy. Now, that magical story has been born into a beautiful book that I am so incredibly proud of. It truly turned out better than I could have ever hoped for and it fills my heart with joy to be able to share A World of Imagination with all of you.
My goal for this book is to be able to share the innocence, joy and wonderment of play. In a time where there is so much wrong with the world and children are exposed to an unimaginable amount of hate, intolerance, injustice and violence, I wanted to bring back that sense of simplicity and curiosity. In an age when children spend entirely too much time plugged in to devices or glued to screens now, more than ever before, is it important to teach children to use their imaginations. Imagination makes it possible to experience the whole world inside the mind and allows all of us a place to escape and take refuge. Through imagination we can go wherever we want to go and be whomever we want to be. In our imagination, we can travel anywhere at the speed of light without any obstacles. Best of all, it gives all of us the ability to look at any situation from a different point of view, and to mentally explore the past and the future. Imagination strengthens our creative abilities and is a great tool for recreating and remodeling your world and life. This is a wonderful power that can change your whole being for it is the creator of circumstances and events. When you know how to work with imagination, you can make your heart’s desires come true.
The world is a blank canvas. I believe we are only limited by the boundaries our own mind creates. Therefore, I hope both children and adults alike take away from this book the permission to let your mind wander, to daydream, to explore, to be curious and to get lost in the corners of our own brains. Among one of the best and most simple ways to engage the imagination is to read books. What better way to develop your children’s imagination skills than by reading books. A picture in a book can be a source of inspiration to create your own story or to add to the one you are reading. It is my hope that A World of Imagination serves as a spring board to further conversation and play. It is also important to read together and play together as a family. We all have an inner child longing to be set free. So, go ahead put your head in the clouds. Who knows, maybe you’ll never want to come back down.