After returning home from my first Minnesota deer opener, I was so excited about what took place over that magical weekend, I decided to write it down. That new diary was the perfect place for the stories. I kept journaling my hunting and fishing adventures in that little green book for almost twenty years. The life coach told me to go figure out what to do with that diary because it seemed pretty special.
When I told a friend of mine what the life coach said, she told me that her mother writes amazing children’s books and I had to meet her. When I asked why I would do that, she said you might want to write books about the stories. It seemed like a crazy idea but I was open to explore all options.
That lunch meeting with Alice Sizer, who goes by the pen name Alice Palace, was one of the most energized hours of my life. As Alice explained the steps on how to publish a book, she glowed of passion. She was clearly doing something she loved to do and from the minute I walked away from that meeting, I wanted to share some of that passion.
I went home, glanced at my diary and the most logical first book was to write about my first Minnesota deer opener. I sat at my computer and dove in. I realized very quickly that writing the story was the easy part for me. It took about six months to figure out how to edit the book, find an illustrator, a designer, create a web page and the list went on and on.
I drove to the printer on December 18th of 2015 and picked up 400 copies of the eighth book in the Lucky Luke’s Hunting Adventures series called Fishing Frenzy. The last five years have been some of the most amazing years of my life. The people I have met and most importantly the amazing kids that I have connect with, have been wonderful. I have learned more than I thought possible with the whole book writing and speaking process and found more joy and gratification than I ever expected.
The coolest part about the last five years is that it seems like it’s just the beginning. The ideas keep popping and the feedback from the kids, parents and teachers fills me with passion that I believe must be shared. So, on to the next book I go!