You all know I’m a little quirky. You never know what I’m going to do next. It’s usually something long and difficult like walking 500 miles across Spain or competing twice in the Waikiki Roughwater Swim without a team or coach to help me train. With the swim event, it would have helped if I thought of it months before the race rather than seven weeks. Training for the ocean swim living in Arizona was a little challenging. The 25-meter pool doesn’t prepare you for the swells of the ocean or not being able to grab the side of a pool when gasping for air.
My latest big challenge was writing a children’s book. Yep. Not the organizing book that you’ve all been begging me to write, but a children’s book. It’s a story inspired by my grandson Matteo who is on the autism spectrum. He gets bullied in school. One day he was crying and I told him he should think of himself as a knight with armor that protects him from the hurt. I reminded him he has a golden heart and that was what was most important. That right there was the beginning of the inspiration for the book. As I always preach, don’t begin a project unless you plan to finish. It took 2.5 years and 18 drafts but it’s done. It feels good to cross it off the To Do List.
The book is titled The Boy With A Golden Heart and is available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon. I sure hope you will at least go look at the beautiful cover. The illustrator, Devon Cleland, grew up in Prescott and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts. She finished the illustrations right before she moved to Los Angeles for a job in 2D animation. I sure lucked out discovering her before she was Discovered.
Let me know what you think of the book. I’d appreciate it if you’d leave a review on Amazon and tell your friends. Thank you.
5 thoughts on “The Boy With A Golden Heart”
Sounds like a special story…just ordered it in paperback!
Thank you, Linda. I really appreciate your support.
The book is such a labor of love. It shows through the details on every page. Even though I know the story and the deep emotional pain the bullying caused and how difficult it was just getting out of bed to go to school knowing what awaited him, I know also the healing he has experienced in the years since. Matteo holds tightly to his Golden Heart, just like his loving Grandmother advised him. Although making friends is still a challenge, he has really blossomed and he now doesn’t hesitate to make jokes in class or embrace his silly side. I hope other people reading this book can relate and recognize the Gold in their lives, carrying it with them for all time.
Wow Nancy, how exciting!!
I just ordered a copy for my Kindle, and I know I will enjoy it.
Through the years you have always impressed me with your talents.
I am so happy to know you 🙂
I look forward to reading Matteo story.
Congratulations, and keep us posted as you take on new challenges.
Thank you, Charlotte. You are impressive as well. Please keep in touch.
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