This story evolved in a reverse process to most picture books. Typically an author will write a story and then approach an artist to create the illustrations. In this case, I was initially inspired by the artist’s existing portfolio.
In the fall of 2022, I was fortunate to meet Sandra Lamb at a book festival. She is a magnificent artist, publisher, and author of children’s stories. Immediately I was struck by the power of her artistry. After being enchanted with her portfolio, I could see a number of her paintings collectively telling the story of the power and magic of family. The inspiration worked its magic in my soul, and as a result, I birthed this poetic narrative.
During the writing of this story, I was supporting someone dear to my heart as they battled the disease of addiction. I could see the devastating effects this insidious disease had not only on the individual but on the entire family. As such, I asked Sandra if she was willing to allow me to use her art with my narrative to create a picture book and that we make the book a fundraiser for FAR: Families for Addiction Recovery. She agreed. Leslie Bell (Sodalight Publishing), beautifully formatted and designed the book. With all the profits directed to FAR, we hope this book not only will inspire families to share their memories and stories but will make a positive difference in supporting families who are struggling to heal from addiction.