On Sunday I had my first book reading/signing with my illustrator Atilio Pernisco at the Borders Books in Pico Rivera and it was a big family affair. Lucky for me I have a big family.
The signing itself was arranged by my Mother-in-Law. When she learned about the difficulty I was having mustering the courage to approach my local book store, she approached her local Borders and had a book signing scheduled that day.
Since it was going to be a book reading as well as a signing my husband cut a tree shape out of wood so that I could paint a pear tree and props to help tell the story.
As I did my reading I had my niece place the items on the tree, she made a lovely “Vanna White”, and we did our best to color coordinate her outfit to the props (the real Vanna would be proud).
The kids loved the reading and the sound of “Aye Caramaba” was heard throughout the store. We even received a request to read the story a second time!
A huge thrill was meeting my illustrator Atilio Pernisco and his family for the first time. Besides being a talented artist, he is also very gracious, kind and a huge soccer fan. Little did we know that when the book signing was scheduled that his native Argentina would be playing Mexico in the World Cup but he was able to make it, and Argentina would go on to win their game.
I have wanted to write a children’s book for as long as I remember and I know I couldn’t have done it without the love and support from my friends and family.
If you check the dedication on my book you will see:
“To my family and friends, thanks for helping me make my dream come true.”
And after this weekend I can honestly say they are still helping me make that dream come true, and for that I say…Thanks.
Writing on the Sidewalk