Picture Book About Author's Adoption
by Phyllis Ann Mariani
(West Chester, PA )
And Baby Makes a Family
A fortysomething author shares the story of her own adoption.
Why should I take NO for an answer?
It all started about 8 years ago, when my (adoptive) father became ill.
I was 41 years old and wanted to do something special to let him know how special I felt about being his child.
So I wrote a small story about the excitement that happened the day my parents recieved the phone call that they had a little girl ready to be adopted.
It was really the story that he had repeated to me so many times.
The story is told through the eyes of our family puppy, Leta.
My father just loved it, but he died never having seen it print.
So then it became a project of passion for me in memory of my parents!
I called upon a friend, Mr. Hawk, who was one of the first Terrytoons and Disney illustrators. He loved it and decided to work for me on this project (and all of them). I since have written 5 children's picture books and have published 3 with Xlibris. I am currently working on 2 more.
It has been a very rewarding and yet frustrating experience. I have stuffed plush toys and tote bags as part of a great marketing package. So now I just keep pounding the pavement.
When it is supposed to happen... it will happen!!
Until then, I will just keep writing and knocking on doors. One will open, I am sure.
Best of luck!!!
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