My children became readers in spite of me. I want other kids to become readers because of me.
When I was young I was not much of a reader. I did have some favorite books as kid. “The Cat in the Hat” and “Where the Wild Things Are” were two of my favorites. For years I rarely read and when I did it was not for fun. But then everything changed.
When my daughters were little I still did not really read with them much. Despite my lack of interest in reading my kids fell in love with reading. As a parent I felt that I needed to preview what they would be reading. So I would take a look at the books they were checking out at the library. I began to see the value of reading through their eyes.
Now I write often. It is one of my favorite things to do. I may have missed some of my chances to share in reading when I was younger, but I hope make up for that by writing books that I would have loved to read as a kid. I also try to write the kinds of things I would have wanted my kids to read.
You may find that my books are written for a little different perspective than most books. That is because I relish the idea of each of us being unique. I feel that is good for kids to recognize that they don’t need to be like everyone else. It helps them to build self confidence when they can see their own uniqueness as a valuable thing.
The pegleg logo is not a gimmick. I do have an amputated leg. That is one of the things that are unique about me. Some would say that it is a disability. I don’t see it that way. I lost my leg in a traffic accident. I was crossing the road and got hit by a car. I have used this lesson often when I am asked about the leg. My hope it that seeing the leg may make a stronger impression when I say, “Look both ways before you cross the road.”
My leg does not embarrass me. So if you see me, feel free to ask about it.
I hope you take the time to check out all of my titles. And of course, let me know what you think.