For those who don't know it yet, I've written the first two (soon to be 3) books in a new series for young kids called Animal Quest. The books are about two intrepid children, a brother and sister, who follow a wise old owl named Professor Feathers around the world to retrieve their lost stuffed animals. The "stuffies" have come to life as the result of a wish that the girl, Olivia, makes one night when she sees a shooting star. The books have been a blast to write, and wouldn't you know it--my own two kids are the stars!
I had a lot of ideas for what my first blog post would be about. I could have talked about my latest book series for kids, Animal Quest, or my latest picture book, Escape to Cloud Castle: A Three Little Pigs Adventure, illustrated by a brilliant artist named Josh Mull. But instead I just want to talk about why writing, especially for pleasure, is such an important part of my life.