It was almost a year ago that I received a call from my publisher at Mascot Books and discussed the aftermath of the horrifying events that took place during one of Bean Town’s most beloved time honored traditions. From watching nurses on the television assisting injured runners and spectators to the city’s lockdown (my home at the time had been included in the zone), we talked in disbelief as many others were doing across the globe. As the conversation continued, I was asked if I would consider writing about the experience. Was it feasible to write a children’s book reflecting Boston’s atmosphere without stimulating the negativity of the incident throughout the pages?
I agreed that I would try.
The book was strangely easy to write.
With all author profits donated directly to the One Fund, “Boston, You’re My Home” will be released in spring 2014 with the intention of conveying my perception of the strengths, ambitions and pride that this city reflects so magnificently.
Caroline is a little girl struggling with the change of soon moving to her new home in Boston. Concerned with the city’s size and the uncertainty of the unknown, her fear converts to excitement when her parents tell her a bedtime tale comprised of ten reasons, which make “Boston Strong”. The character visits several special places throughout the tale, convincing Caroline that she will love saying, “Boston, You’re My Home!”
Roberto Almanza is the talented illustrator who completed the artwork found within the pages of “Boston, You’re My Home!”. Being a Bostonian himself, Almanza created beautiful images of Bean Town’s most cherished locations such as the Emerald Necklace, The Isabella Stewart Museum and of course, Fenway Park which no Boston book could ever be completed without.
*All author profits made from the book, “Boston, You’re My Home!”, will be donated directly to the One Fund.
*The Union Oyster House (featured within the book) was where I had my 1st book party after the release of “The Candy Roses of Cape Care”.
They really do have the most delicious clam chowda’!
*The Isabella Stewart Museum is my favorite artistic realm, not only possessing beautiful exhibits but stunning gardens and a titillating mystery surrounding stolen paintings.
*“Caroline” was inspired and created after a dear childhood friend of mine from Andover, Massachusetts. Not only did her name emulate Fenway’s long tradition of singing “Sweet Caroline” at Fenway but she also reflected the curiosity and endearment in nature that I was searching to mirror in the fictional character. Roberto did a wonderful job capturing her image and spirit through actual photographs .
*The puzzle piece placed in the frame next to Caroline’s bed was drawn to honor all children effected by autism, a topic held closely to my heart.