What an honor it was to work on this project. I never would have thought I’d get a shot to do something like this when I first started writing or when I contacted the Tony Sly Music Foundation For Kids.
Writing and illustrating Tony’s Butterflies was incredible. Not only did I get to create a fun book, I got to do it for one of my idols. Tony Sly was one of my two idols, up there with Dr. Seuss. I listened to Tony’s acoustic songs and to No Use For A Name (the band that Tony was the frontman of) all throughout high school. It has a tough message that I believe is more obvious for adults than kids, but it’s what we wanted to bring to the book. After speaking with Jon and Brigitte about where to go with the story, it was a joint decision to let some of Tony’s songs do the talking. Jon mentioned centering the story around “Keira” since the song was created as a lullaby. After a joint decision to let any of Tony’s songs influence the book, I began writing it. The rest I think might be kind of boring, so I’ll just leave it out and you can read the book to check out what came of all of this.
Months later and this has been one fun project that I still feel extremely honored to be a part of. So be sure to purchase your copy and check out what came of this project, but remember that all of the profits for every book will go to the Tony Sly Music Foundation For Kids so they can keep helping kids make music.
“I don’t even think a book could say enough for you.” No Use For A Name – For Fiona
I’ve talked a little about it before. Donation Books will be books I plan to create and then donate all of the rights and profits to help a specific charity or group. Since I’m self-published, I have no one to tell me it’s a bad idea #stickingoutmytongue.
First one coming out is a book for the Colorado Veterans Project. They are a charity that helps veterans facing difficulties. I spoke with and interviewed a number of veterans who wanted a children’s book showing the difficulties families face while the parent(s) are deployed. This book is currently being illustrated and we are hoping for it to be finished around the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018. We have faced some personal issues which have postponed the release of this book, but we’re working hard on it.
Next up, is a Donation Book that I am writing for one of my late idols. I will be writing and illustrating it because it is a more personal book for me. It will be donated to a music foundation in their name, and I will release all of the info once I get closer to a release. The book is based on a specific song they wrote with influences from other songs they wrote. It will have a sad ending that is still child friendly, but adults will understand the meaning. To be honest, I cried reading the end to my girlfriend because it has quotes from his songs and I’m kind of a baby with things like that. No making fun of me #imnotababy.
I will have more info coming soon, along with a new book coming in the next month! Thanks for reading and please share.