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Cover of "The Curious Garden"

Cover of The Curious Garden

So I had the opportunity to meet author/ illustrator Peter Brown at the Tulsa County Library in Tulsa, OK.  I have liked his work since I first seen the book “The Curious Garden” several years ago.  I was searching for an illustrator and came across this book and fell in love with the idea and imagery in it.  It is about a boy who changes his world with just a simple idea.

One of Peter Brown’s other books (and I think I have blogged about it before), Creepy Carrots, received the 2013 Caldecott Honor.  It was a beautifully fun picture book.  My children have enjoyed it immensely.

So while getting myself hyped up for days about what to say  to him I asked someone for advice.  Nathan Bransford told me to “just be myself and have fun!”  This is exactly what I did.  I waited in line with my daughter and our four books, to be signed by Peter Brown, for more than thirty minutes.  As I got closer I realized that I will have to say something cool.

What came out was something bordering blubbering idiot and stalker fan.  I said, “I have loved your books for years.”  He made a joke about one of my child’s names and then it was over.  We were moved aside and left the library with our freshly signed books.

Okay I didn’t get him to look at my picture book manuscript and he didn’t ask me if I was a writer either.  But I enjoyed myself.  I realized that this is what I wanted.  I don’t want to work a job everyday in sales.  I want to visit schools and libraries talking about my books.  I want to sign my books till my fingers bleed.  (Maybe till they are sore anyways)  I know now that I need to follow my dream and keep trying until I finally become published.

 

Books to Treasure 2013 Featuring Peter Brown

Books to Treasure 2013 Featuring Peter Brown (Photo credit: Tulsa City-County Library)

 

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