I Think I May Have Found Myself.

The characters from, Fracus, The Little Flower and             Up coming title, Monday My Brother Was A                                                       Dinosaur.

So where have I been and what is with this book stuff suddenly?  Yeah, let me take a moment to apologize once again to those who have checked in from time to time. I am a creative soul and as such I seem to have a hard time focusing. Some hate that about me and some love it. I just accept it, I am loving, fun, hard-working AND I am a scatter brain, dramatic, forgetful and distracted easily.

It is who I am and for decades I allowed others to tell me that version of me wasn’t ok. If you have followed some of my other posts you will have noticed that I am a single parent, yep doing life the right way since the 1970’s. I know some may see this as a negative but the negative was the relationship itself. Not that the other person is to blame, I just hadn’t taken the time to find myself and so the choices I was making were not the right choices for me.

My relationship ended on a bad note and the taste of it sits with me today. I am not bitter with the person I had to let go, I am bitter with myself. I am bitter for not valuing myself enough  to take the time to find myself. Let that be a lesson to anyone who reads this blog in their 20’s. If I can give you any advice in life, it is to find yourself and accept  yourself so you can attract those who do the same. I have found it to be true, at least in my life that if you are insecure with yourself, you will attract people who perpetuate those insecurities.

Ok, so enough with the drab serious side of life, I have been serious for far too long. I WROTE A BOOK! The first one isn’t bad although it needs to be reformatted but it was written and illustrated in 6 weeks for my daughter who was leaving for a year to teach abroad so although not great, it was done with great love. I CO WROTE A SECOND BOOK! Oh look at me go, so excited! The second book is a story my mom told myself and my siblings when we were little. I had the pleasure of rescuing the story with my mother and illustrating it. The story is really good and I am not just saying that because it’s my mom’s story, people have raved about it for decades, which is why we published it, well that and money. Food costs money and so do lawyers, yep, this is my life. True story.

So how does this tie in with the title? I am loving it! Currently I am writing a book with my 7 year old and there are several tiles in the works. I have finally found what I love and I am not stopping there, I have so many ideas to for a whole new brand and a whole new me. After decades, I think I may have actually found who I really am and it feels great. I hope you will follow the journey with me,

 

Today After 53 Years Of Waiting Gayle Domshy’s The Little Flower is finally published.

https://www.amazon.ca/Little-Flower-Gayle-Domshy/dp/1999435400/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1536874379&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Little+flower

Decades Later the Little Flower Becomes Available To the public.

This story was originally created in 1965, over the past 5 decades it has been shared in classrooms, read by children and adults. Now the story that has been loved by educators , parents and children is finally available for everyone to enjoy.

This story based on a little flower that is rejected for being different from the others in the garden has a powerful message about the importance of acceptance. As the little flower begins to bloom the other flowers in the garden wait with anticipation to greet her. But when they see that the little flower is different from themselves they turn their backs on her. Even in her time of need the other flowers ignore her and it has devastating results. Although the other flowers in the garden try to deny blame, in their hearts they know they could have helped.

To get your copy today and discover why The Little Flower has been loved for over half a decade follow the link above.

The Little Flower Book Trailer

After Months Of Research I Decided To Try Something New.

I did the same thing I am sure the thousands of self published authors have done before me. I politely asked google how to sell my books. it was basically the same information over and over again. So I went to work, following everything my dear friend google suggested. Setting up websites and author pages everywhere I could, spamming the internet with my name demanding to be noticed. Did it work, yes and no. If you search my name or books on google you will now see my name pop up, good. I sort of felt just a tad famous the moment I saw my websites pop up, my amazon authors page and my YouTube channel all there in front of me.  However it takes time for people to engage and they have to know what they are looking for, so if you don’t know my name or care about my content, it doesn’t matter if my dear friend google can tell you where I am.

At first I was just going to sit back and wait, I have 21 more books in the works anyway, I am a busy woman. Busy but not patient. I was pleased to see my FB page reach 10 likes within a few hours and my website views increase but I wondered if there was another platform I hadn’t explored. I wondered how I could utilize YouTube. My books haven’t actually arrived yet so plugging them in a video wasn’t an option nor was reading them aloud. So I pondered……(that’s me pondering, in case you were wondering.)

It actually wasn’t until someone sent me a private message offering their services to make a trailer for my book that the idea started to grow. I had seen several simple trailers on various social media sites but they just didn’t inspire me. I have always been dramatic and somewhat over the top when I am passionate about something and this book is something I have been passionate about for a long time.

So, I began to play around and after a few hours I had a trailer, is it depressing and sad? Yes, but that is the reality of being rejected and I want that message to really hit home. This trailer isn’t meant for a little child to love and ask for the book, that is something I am working on as well. This trailer is to get the meaning of the book across to everyone. Even if you don’t buy the book, the trailer should be enough to make stop for one moment and see that a beautiful, perfect little flower was broken by the rejection she received for simply being herself.

The Release Of My Second Book

 

 

“When you dream long enough, work hard enough and never give up, dreams can come true.”

To Purchase The Little Flower click the image.      

The Little Flower Comes To Life After 53 Years.

I had the pleasure of having a great story-teller for a mom. When I was little we would all curl up on her bed as she created magical stories out of thin air. As I grew up I shared the story with whoever I could, so proud that my mom was a writer. I even carted worn handwritten  pages to school and begged my teachers to read the faded pages.

Every year the teachers would tell me my mom should publish her story and every year I would dream of my mother’s book being on a bookshelf, in a library, sitting on a bookshelf at a friend’s house. But my mother never did publish her book before now, whether due to her busy life of lack of confidence in her writing ability, she just never got around to it.

So for over 50 years the story was passed around and handed down, everyone saying it should be published but it never quite made it there. it was revised and revised again and lost some of it’s spark, a missing word here, an added sentence there and although the original was different, the new versions still made people cry, the base of the story remained and everyone raved.

One day as life tends to do everything changed. After I published my first book, I asked my mom about working together to fix, illustrate and publish her books. She didn’t hesitate. She handed me the folder containing the pages from all the stories she had written down over the years, a few were missing but I had heard them many times that I am now working on bringing those back to life as well.

And so after months of going back and forth, me correcting some changes and my mom correcting the others, the story began to revert to the original form. There was one intentional change, the little flower found a name during the intense editing process, she had waited 53 years and finally had a name. Once the story had been revived it was time to illustrate, this is the second book I have ever illustrated and before this I wasn’t an artist by any sense of the word. However the The Little Flower had been in my imagination for as long as I could remember. The sun had been there, the bees, the winds, the birds, the little girl and the other flowers in the garden, they had all been there waiting.

As I took the first stroke of my pen, the images started to come, I couldn’t draw them fast enough. each page leading to the next like they had always been there waiting to come out. It took 2 months to illustrate the book which by professional standards may sound like a long time but I am a single mom who had only ever sketched the odd thing before this year. I wouldn’t say they are the best illustrations but they are the illustrations of the little girl who loved this story for her whole life and was the greatest gift to be able to co author, illustrate and publish my favorite story as a child,  by my favorite writer of all time.

Today I hold my very own copy of the story my mother and I brought back to life and made into a picture book and I am beyond words. If you would like to follow the story of this book please follow this blog. If you would like to find out more information on this or any of my other books please check out my author page https://authorevegarner.ca/wp/ . If you would like to own “The Little Flower” you can purchase it by clicking the image above.