Susan is one of my favorite people! We’ve never met in person, but through a Facebook group for all things retro! Susan has a sweet soul & as you’ll see, uses her talent to help others. Read Susan’s story about how her new children’s book, Buttons The Bunny of Button Cove Lane came to be. Here is Susan, in her own words…
Thank you, Sarah, for inviting me to share how I got my start in writing my book, what I do and why I do it…
For as far back as I can remember, I have always loved to draw, create stories and make up rhyming songs. When I was 7, I was blessed with a sister who loved to listen to my tales. All these years later, I can still remember the two of us, sitting in the concrete backyard of my aunt’s house in South Boston, completely engrossed in my homespun story about a cat, while oblivious to the planes that roared overhead to Logan and noisy buses that bounded up and down the busy street.
For a while, I got away from creativity when I worked as a legal secretary for several years. Much later, when I stayed home with my children, I was able to connect with my creative side, again. Together, we created lots of artwork and stories just like I had when my sister was younger. As expected, when they got older and were involved in many more school and sports activities, our little arts and crafts days quietly faded away.
Not too long ago, as I was riding by the harbor, I began to hear the first few lines of a poem form in my mind. I jotted it down and added to it later, when I got home. By the next day, I had written a complete rhyming story about bunnies that lived by the water. Over the next few years, I wrote eleven more rhyming stories in the bunny series. The stories are about the simple events the bunnies experience with family and friends. I shared the stories with my family and was encouraged to get the first story published.
I hoped to get the first book published so I could share the gentle story with preschoolers. However, my ultimate goal was to do something charitable with the book. That goal kept me focused as I researched self-publishers and read through their contracts. I finally signed on with Mascot Books in March. Mascot was very easy to work with and were willing to use my own drawings for the story.
What a thrill it was to open that first box of published and bound books when they arrived in October! The fun began as I donated books to a couple of nursery schools and elementary school libraries in my town. Then, a nursery school called to invite me to read to several of their classes. Later, I was invited to do a reading and signing at a Christmas event in December. But, the best was yet to come! While my intention was to bring this gentle and comforting story to preschoolers, I also wanted to find a charity for my story that would benefit children. I found the perfect place just a few miles from my house! I’ll be donating all the profits from the sale of each book to the Pediatric Emergency Department at our local hospital! When I offered to donate to them, I was given a tour of the department and met the wonderful and caring staff of nurses and the child life specialist there. I am so honored that my bunny tale is going to have a part in helping the children at the hospital. I hope this is just the beginning of the good works I have planned for this book!
Thank you! ~Sue
Isn’t that a wonderful story! Sue is one of a kind & I am blessed to call her a friend. You can purchase Buttons The Bunny of Button Cove Lane by following the link below!