As a writer, there's only one thing I enjoy more than writing stories, and that's hearing from readers. I love finding out how a story I've written may have affected someone—did the story make them laugh or cry? Did they see themselves in any of the characters? Did they discover something new? And when the very last word of the story has been read and the book is closed, is the reader stronger, more hopeful, and more in love with reading then when they read the first word? When I write a story, these are the things I hope to do.
Although I remember reading and loving books as a child, it wasn't until I had my own children that I decided I wanted to be a children's author. Years ago when my son and daughter were little, we snuggled together on our couch while we read stacks of picture books. It was then I knew that some day I wanted to write them. It wasn't until many years later, that it happened.
Let's encourage our children and each other to read.
Here's to the love of words, stories, and the many adventures that await us between pages of a book.