Bear Learns to Share
I never imagined that my first published children's book would be a collaborative work with my teen daughters, Anaya 14 years old and Jayda Murray, 16 years old!
It was such a fun AND challenging process. I think my daughter Jayda had the toughest job because as the illustrator she had such a high learning curve when it came to formatting and designing the books.
So far there are two completed books, Bear Learns to Share Picture Book and Coloring Book. We are excited to say that a Spanish version and Activity book are in the works and will be available mid-December 2020!
I am sooo blessed to have such talented children--I'm already dreaming up what I can write with my boys.
How Was the Process?
As far as the process of working together, Anaya and I wrote the manuscript in a couple of weeks. I had a group of authors critique the story-line and then we revised it some. Once the story was solid, I sketched out some drawings for Jayda to work with and she did an incredible job of bringing the story to life.
I know for a fact that she grew tired of me and all the revisions we had to make. :) But we are already working on the next book, in the Bear Learns series, so I guess it wasn't too bad! LOL!!
What Has The Response Been Like?
We have been so encouraged with all the positive feedback and excellent reviews. One of the best parts of this process has been seeing how children are responding to the story--it has made all the work worth it and we can't wait to bring more books into the marketplace.
Check out the Amazon reviews here:
I've been married to my best friend Bryan Murray since the year 2000. Now we have four incredible children and a super full life with extended family and friends.