I had a wonderful time the other day with six lovely readers, ages 7 to 12, at my first “Meet the Author of The Adventures of Daring Dog”. The children had terrific questions about the writing process, how I chose the names, why I wrote the book and if there would be a sequel. I was particularly pleased to learn that all would want Sam to be their friend. That meant a great deal to me. It was also interesting to hear what they would like to see in a sequel. They each had imaginative, creative ideas and I won’t be shy in using some in future stories. Although I believe that the children truly enjoyed our visit, I have to say that I might have enjoyed it more. Here’s why.
When you write a book, especially one for children, you can let your imagination go wild. Since my children are all grown up, I could only hope that I was on the right track after all the days, weeks, and even year(s) that I spent in front of my computer, writing and re-writing this tale. My granddaughters loved the story from the very beginning, but face it — I am their grandmother. However, just seeing the look on these beautiful children’s faces and realizing that they truly loved this book gave me the vote of confidence that I had hoped for. A great day on a lovely porch, looking out at gardens of flowers, with Cape Cod Bay behind us. Thanks to my dear friend, Jade, for making this so special.