I hope everyone is keeping safe and doing the best they can during this difficult time. Things have been hectic the past few days as I've been working to prepare for the Thin House's release date which as I write this is only nine days from now. In light of the upcoming release, I wanted to do a special update post to discuss a very important part of the book. Specifically, the Dedication Page.
On third interior page of my first book there is a picture accompanied by the following phrase:
This book is dedicated to grandparents-and to the stories they tell their grandchildren.
On the About Page, I talk about my family and the storytelling environment that I grew up in. My family communicates a lot through the stories we tell each other. I want my books to communicate some of those same feelings. I want my books to make the reader, regardless of their age, feel a little bit better for having wandered among my imagination.
That's how I felt when I listened to my parents, grandparents, and great grandparents tell stories. My protagonist, Finn Anglin, experiences this through his grandparents. It only seemed fitting to dedicate the books to those grandparents who, like my own, created worlds for their grandchildren to explore, who made life seem a little more magical.
There is a lot of creativity in my family, and I'm fortunate enough to have a grandmother who is a very talented artist. She was kind enough to create an original piece of art for The Thin House. You can view it below
I hope you feel it when you read the book. Particularly with all the uncertainty and fear that many of us are living with during this difficult time, I hope this story makes things a little better. Check back soon for more updates on the release. Talk soon.