I’m here to tell you about a birth in the Penn family. No, it certainly isn’t me and not either of my daughters. With great excitement, I announce the birth of my second children’s book, Hunter and the Fast Car Trophy Race. The shipment of books arrived on Thursday, October 26, 2012, at 2:10 p.m. with a weight of 29 pounds!
This book was conceived in February, 2008, with the title of Grandma and the Fastcar Cup Race and was a fantasy story about a family of birds who lived in an evergreen tree. I even discussed this story with illustrators back in 2008. I asked them about their ability to draw birds. Praise the Lord - no one jumped at the chance to draw birds in race cars on a racetrack in an evergreen tree. (Guess what, my next book will be about birds, but with real people! The illustrators are working hard on those bird illustrations as we speak.)
After discussions with family and friends, some rejection letters from publishing houses, and an in-depth, one-on-one interview with my best critic, granddaughter Ally, the Hunter story underwent numerous “birthing pains.” These revisions continued over four years. The story became real-life characters with a title of Grandma Won’t Want to Watch It. It then became its current title, Hunter and the Fast Car Trophy Race in April, 2012.
This book’s main character is based on my grandson, Hunter, age 5, who really does watch races with me - as long as we are in the floor playing with his toys at the same time. Surprise, surprise - there is a cameo appearance in the Hunter book from Allyson and Samantha of Is Kentucky in the Sky? fame.
In closing, I hope you join with me in the delight of this “book birth.” The Hunter story is the first story I wrote following retirement of five years ago, so it really is my “baby.” Time to show it off to the world! I hope to see you a book signing (check out the Events section of my website) or go to Amazon.com for purchase. I’m hoping any young boy will find this book “energizing.” (See my previous Blog on “Energized Books.” Like any new mother, I welcome your comments.
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