GAP FAMILY BLOG WELCOMES MARY ESPARZA-VELA, AUTHOR OF, THE TURTLE WHO IMAGINED.
Congratulations on the release of, THE TURTLE WHO IMAGINED. Please tell us more about it.
Mary: The story is a baby book about a tiny turtle that crawls to the top of a hill to watch his friends play in the meadow. He imagines himself outside his shell, doing everything they do. When he falls asleep, he dreams that he is outside his shell, but things do not turn out as he imagined.
What was the inspiration for this book?
Mary: I wanted to convey a message to children that it is normal to dream of change but reality sometimes makes us accept things as they are.
What is your favorite moment from the book?
Mary: My favorite moment is at the end of the story when the turtle realizes that he looks silly running around in his underwear. The illustrator drew the turtle with polka dot underwear.
Is this your first published book?
Mary: This is my second picture book. The first book, THE ODD CHICK, was published by Guardian Angel Publishing in November 2011.
We’d love to hear more about you.
Mary: I reside in San Antonio, Texas with my husband and we have three sons, a daughter-in-law, and a beautiful 16-month old granddaughter. I always dreamed of writing for children and once I got started, I found plenty to write about. My husband is my writing partner and he is the one who adds humor to the stories to make them entertaining.
Other writing credits include articles published in Catholic newspapers, seven contest winners published by a non-profit organization, and a winning entry in a Writer’s Digest Competition.
Do you have any book signing events or book tours scheduled for THE TURTLE WHO IMAGINED?
Mary: I have book signings planned at Barnes & Nobles in May, as well as an invitation to speak to the Society of Latino & Hispanic Writers of San Antonio, Texas. Elementary school teachers and librarians have also invited me to introduce and read my books.
How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming THE TURTLE WHO IMAGINED events?
Mary: My website: www.luv-beams.com lists books available and coming soon. A blog is also planned.