My guests Anne and Jessica Peterson
I have been lucky enough to find myself recovering (still in a creative haze) from an art retreat and will be posting about it soon. In the meantime. I would like to introduce a mother and daughter team who I met whilst chasing this writing dream.
My guests today are the talented duo Anne and Jessica Peterson, I met Anne through completing a Jeff Goins online writing course. Anne has an interesting journey of how she came to write children’s books. I thought it would be nice to share a slice of her writing life. It inspires me to hold onto those dreams and work hard to deliver my best work.
Where we begin is sometimes different to where we end up.
Anne speaks about those stories that bubble up inside her and spill onto the page and I can relate to that, I am inspired by her drive and creativity and the fact she found a wonderful world she can share with her talented daughter, Jessica (amazing artist). Jessica is an artist with a magical sense of the whimsical. Jess sees the world in a unique way, you only have to look at her work to see the magic. Emma’s Wish is a beautiful story the words and illustrations take you on a visual journey like no other. Please visit the trailers to get the whole experience, they are short and very sweet. I will leave it to Anne to explain her journey.
Releasing the Magic
I did it. I knew I needed to write my story, and so I did it. It was one of the hardest things I ever did. Writing my memoir was like opening up the door of my life and letting everyone inside.
But I need to tell you about what happened afterwards.
You see, once I wrote it another part of me opened up. And in that part sat a trunk, filled with children’s stories. And they started to bubble out of me. And then an opportunity appeared. Sometimes that happens when you start looking at your dreams. It was a chance to see one of the stories come to life. All we needed to do was get it down on paper in three months. But my daughter Jessica wasn’t sure three months was enough time.
“I wish we could do something with the art I already have,” she told me.
The mom part of me loves trying to solve problems so I said, “Let me think about it.”
Looking at her charcoal self portraits and her paintings, I let myself get lost in them.
But as I focused on one particular piece, Emma’s Wish was born. It was like Emma stepped out of the painting and told me her story. And all I had to do was write it down.
Most books are written and then illustrated, but this was not the case. Emma’s Wish is the story of a girl who had dreams of seeing the world. But one day everything changed. Real life is like that. Emma still had her adventure, but it just looked different.
Then we created The Crooked House. And in this book you’ll meet a little girl named Kerri who has a secret. Have you ever been embarrassed about something? Well Kerry was. She didn’t want anyone to know where she lived. Find out how Kerri changed her mind about her house and how it changed her life.
I love books. As a little girl, I’d climb up on my Aunt Jeanette’s chair to read A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson. Getting lost within the pages, I never wanted to come out. That’s when a seed was planted, the desire to create stories for others.
Collaborating with someone on a story is special. But when that person is someone you love, it’s like a magical dance. But if you don’t believe me, ask Emma.
To see the trailer for Emma’s Wish click here.
To see the trailer for The Crooked House, click here.
Coming soon: two poetry books. One is illustrated with Jessica’s photography, the other with her ink drawings.
To find out about upcoming books:
I hope you enjoyed Anne and Jessica’s journey, please leave a comment or check out the links above.