Beatrice and the Snow People
How the Story Came to be
A writer friend of mine has recently published a children's book. Below she explains how she woke up one day with the idea to write this book, not knowing where the journey would take her, but knowing it would honor her mother.
Gloria Troyer writes:
When my mother died on a cold January day in 2010, I was devastated. Unable to make it to the funeral did not make things any easier. Several people I know suggested that I keep a notebook to jot down the rush of memories I’d have regarding my mom.
In order to help me with those recollections I pulled out boxes of pictures taken over the years at my childhood home. There was one common thread that kept creeping into my mind about my mom and that was her love of nature. She had taught me so much about, birds, trees, gardening. It was those memories that started to surface in my brain.
When I was a kid I grew up on a ten acre hobby farm. It was located in an idyllic country setting. My memories of playing and having a vivid imagination started to come back. At the age of eight I read non-stop and would often envision I was the main character in the book. I’d play outside in my make-believe world. I talked to my cats and dogs as if we held back and forth conversations, danced with trees, and respected nature in all of its forms.
In early February 2010 I woke up one day and decided out of the blue to write a children’s chapter book. I don’t know where the story came from but once I started to write, it took on a life of its own. I got up at 5 a.m. and would write 1000 words per morning.
There were certain elements of the story that resonated with my real life. I had volunteered at an elementary school, kindergarten to grade six. I’d seen many kids get pink slips for being late getting to school. So with that in mind I imagined a little girl I named Beatrice, after my mom, and started the book with how she was always late for the school bus. The rest of the story seemed to flow from somewhere in my brain that was reminiscent of my own childhood imagination.
Consequently Beatrice and the Snow People became a book.
To learn more about Beatrice and her story, visit http://booklocker.com/books/7048.html or here. You can also download a free excerpt from the book. The book is also available at many other online stores as well as in e-book format.