Wednesday, April 28, 2021

It’s a Book!

Hip, hip hooray! After 10 years and who-knows-how-many drafts, I’m so excited to announce that Summertime Sleepers: Animals that Estivate entered the world yesterday.

A few weeks ago, I described the 10-year story behind the book on Shay Fan’s wonderful new blog First Draft to Final Book. Be sure to check it out.

What I didn’t fully explain in that post is WHY I kept working on the manuscript for so long? It’s because I was personally invested. There was a little piece of my heart at the core of this book, and it fueled my work despite the obstacles and setbacks.

One of the examples in the book is the leopard gecko. And for most of the time I was working on the manuscript, my nephew, Emile, had one of these little lizards as a beloved pet. Every time I talked to him, he asked me how the book was going. How could I possibly let him down?

Thanks to Emile, editor Julie Bliven, art directors Susan Sherman and Diane Early, and most especially illustrator and friend Sarah S. Brannen, kids can now learn about hibernation’s summertime counterpart.


  1. Wow, I am touched by your sharing the personal reason for never giving up. Now, when I feel discouraged at the months and years I am spending on my book, I'll remember the gorgeous little leopard gecko. I continue to write to make an impact on others.

  2. Thank you for giving me the courage to carry on with mss that are eluding me.