The idea to write a children’s book started when your goddaughters asked you to write a story about kids that looked like them, but that was almost two decades ago. Why write it now?
I kept returning to it. At least once a year I would stick my head into that corner of my brain and I couldn’t come up with anything. It was a testament of my flawed imagination that every idea I had was either so preposterous or derivative that it wasn’t even worth the time to flesh it out. What ends up happening is that you eventually get rid of so many bad ideas that a good one might wander into the space that you’ve carved out. I’m one of those writers who is so slow and bad at what I do that a lot of times my creative ethos seems to be you can’t lose forever.
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