Kid’s books:Determination is key
Imagine that you want to write kid’s books. But you are feeling deflated because of past experiences. You may have had many rejections. You may experience writer’s block when your mind offers no ideas to help you craft your stories. Can determination help? Let’s look at the story of Kayla Montgomery. Kayla is an eighteen year-old track star. Are you thinking there’s nothing remarkable about that? Not in this case because Kayla has Multiple Sclerosis, which makes her legs numb after about a mile of running. She can still run very fast, but at the end of the race, her coach must be waiting at the finish line to catch her and keep her from falling. Kayla has always been a gifted athlete. She was diagnosed with MS about 4 years ago, but this unfortunate news has only sharpened her resolve to succeed, against the odds. Isn’t it amazing that just three years ago, Kayla was one of the slowest members of her team! Now, she runs with the faster boys team and isn’t treated any differently than the boys. Kayla realizes that she has a gift and she “doesn’t want to waste” it because of her disease. Just a couple of months ago, Kayla won the North Carolina State title, a 3200 meter race! Even Kayla’ s doctor admits that her attitude is helping her win against the ravages of Multiple Sclerosis.
I remember being afraid to write kid’s books. My first kid’s book was Tails of Sweetbrier. What if no one wanted to publish it? But I was determined to try, because it’s the only way I’d know what was possible. Guess what happened? Not only was it published, but it won the silver medal in the Feathered Quill Book Awards Contest this year! I think kid’s books should share important life lessons and Tails of Sweetbrier is full of them. Some kid’s books entertain, while others inspire. Tails of Sweetbrier has elements of both. If you read it, I’d love to know your thoughts. You might decide it’s one of the best kid’s books you’ve ever read.
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne copyright 2014