Once upon a time many, many moons ago in a town not so very far away, a little girl loved to read. Her appetite for books knew no bounds, and she dined daily on such delicacies as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Treasure Island, Black Beauty and Gulliver’s Travels. Reading was almost better than dessert—although nothing truly could compare to her mother’s blackberry pie.
Along with a taste for reading, this little girl delighted in spinning a yarn that spoke to the truths of her heart. Sadly, she was far too shy to share her inner world for the most part—except with her companions, Laddie, the faithful collie, who loved those walks in the woods as much as she, Mr. Boots, a vocal black-and-white shorthair cat, and of course, with the source of her inspiration: the realm of Nature. At age 8, she proclaimed to the trees and songbirds, “Someday I’m going to be a writer like the people who created these books.”
As you must have guessed, that little girl was none other than yours truly. That someday was a long time coming, but the hunger for creating tales from the heart never left me, and at last I am preparing to share one such story with the world.
I hope you will join me on this journey as the book is finally brought to fruition.