An Inopportune Opportunity
I am a mom to eight children, and as an avid reader, it was wonderful when my oldest two took to reading early. My daughter, who is now 27 years old, read Great Expectations when she was 11 years old and loved it. Better yet, she understood it! That was years ago.
Now we have only the six boys left at home. Though I did read to them quite a bit when they were younger, they have all flourished in mathematics, science or in Julius’s case, lunch, gym and recess.
Therefore, when my high school freshman came home from school with a project in his Language Arts class, it was no shocker that he came straight to me. He says, “Mom, we read the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and now she wants us to write a children’s story.” I said. “Wow that was a wonderful story. What do you have in mind?” It went silent for a few moments and then he said. “Ummm….I don’t have nothing.” I shook my head. “Dejon you don’t have anything.” With a look of annoyance on his face he says, “That’s what I just said, so do you think you can write me a kid’s book with the same message, as Harper Lee’s book?” I gave it a bit of thought and said “When do you have to have this project turned in?” Ensuing silence and then he croaks out. “Tomorrow.”
Within 30 minutes, I whipped up a good story, but with no illustration skills to boast about, I decide to slap some clipart on each page and finish it off with a clear project folder. About a week later, he comes and says, “Hey Mom. My teacher says I could be an author.” I *snort* and he laughs. A few weeks later I decided to submit it to a publishing company, you know just for “chicks and giggles”. Not sure if I can cuss in post on here! ;)
Four days later, I was offered a contract from Mountain Springs House Publishing, and my first book of The Adventures of Happy Valley Glen series, The Raccoon Family Moves In was released on July 15, 2013. My next one, Juicy’s Family Tree will be releasing in November 2013! My children's genre has taken off, and from a source that I never saw coming.
I will say it is not always a good parenting move to do your child’s homework, but I did manage to give him a shout out in the book, where I mention that the book would never have come to fruition if he had just done his own homework.
So from now on, my motto is to leave no opportunity behind, because you never know where it will take you. – Angela Rose