Thank you for stopping by today! One of my favorite things about running this blog is meeting new authors and discovering new books that will enhance the lives of young readers.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to children’s author, Kelly Carey. She’s going to tell us about her brand new book that was published in April, How Long is Forever? Take it away Kelly…
How Long is Forever? is my debut picture book published by Charlesbridge and illustrated by the talented Qing Zhuang(https://www.qingthings.com/about). It is a heartwarming story that parents and grandparents can share with children and grandchildren to help them understand that special love parents and grandparents feel for the children in their lives – that forever love.
I’ve been publishing children’s fiction stories in magazines for over ten years, but this is my first book and I’m excited to share it with readers.
The nugget that inspired this story happened when I was a teenager. I was with a friend when a song came on the radio and I excitedly squealed, “Turn it up! This is the best song ever.” My friend’s Dad scoffed and replied, “Really? This is the best song ever?”
That exchange stuck with me and became the kernel that launched the interaction between young Mason and his Grandpa in How Long Is Forever. Mason is waiting for the first blueberry pie of the season and it’s taking forever. At least that’s what Mason thinks, until Grandpa asks him to prove it and sends Mason searching the family farm to find the meaning of forever. I loved the idea that what can seem like the best song ever to a teenager or what can feel like forever to an eight year old can be very different for an older adult.
By the way, my friend’s father was right. Thomas Dolby’s, She Blinded Me With Science was clearly NOT the best song ever! And Mason is going to find out that waiting for a blueberry pie to bake is not forever.
I hope Mason’s search for his forever encourages kids to go on a hunt for their own forevers. It’s a wonderful gift when you notice and call out those things, people, and/or places that will forever hold a special place in your heart. It might be a flavor of ice cream, a grandparent, or a favorite slide on a playground. Whatever it may be, I hope kids take a moment to pause and feel good about the forevers in their lives.
If folks want to get a copy of the book it will available in bookstores on April 7, 2020 or they can order it from Indiebound https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781580895781 or Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1580895786/ref=pe_2313390_429851680_em_1p_0_lm. To get a signed copy or to visit me at a reading sign up for my First Fans email newsletters at www.kcareywrites.com.
When I’m not writing, I teach a workshop for adults who want to become children’s authors called, Becoming a Children’s Author – How to Move from Idea, to Manuscript, to Published Author and I offer classes for kids on Becoming A Story Engineer to help kids think about how to invent great characters and take those characters on adventures. You can learn more about my workshops at www.kcareywrites.com. I encourage writers to check out www.24CarrotWriting.com, a blog for authors that offers advice and tips to writers as they improve their craft and set writing goals.
Thank you, Kelly, for sharing your book with us today!
And thank you blog readers for stopping in and meeting Kelly and learning about her first book. I know she’s going to have many more in her future and I look forward to that.
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Have a great day and stay safe, everyone!