sky, the stars, to believe, to have hope and courage. Though she's a
children's book character in this story, it's a character that speaks to the
magical, mystical heart of all children.
Were you ever lost in the woods?: As a bit of anomaly -- someone who loves
hiking and camping but has trouble finding West even at sunset -- I've spent
my fair share of time, shall we say, respecting the woods! I've been
followed by a bear more than once. Um, really? Er, well, you don't always
see them, you know...
My short story, “To the Moon and Back,” was inspired by a sweet ten-year-old girl from our community who lost her battle to cancer less than six months after being diagnosed. At the time, she was the same age and grade as my youngest child. Following her tragic journey and watching this beautiful child wither away broke my heart. As an author, I’m always questioning, “What if…” In this case, I asked myself, what if this had been my son? How would I have coped had he died? The answer wasn’t easy or pretty. But writing this story has helped me empathize with parents of these health-compromised little angels.