Congratulations on the release of Dozens and Dozens of Cousins and Cousins. Please tell us more about it.
This is a story about how people and animals bond and help each other. A young boy, Peter, wants to get all 48 of his cousins together for his birthday. But the planes and trains are full, so Peter and his US cousins build a balloon. A pilot friend helps Peter fly it to Canada to pick up Peter’s other twenty-four cousins. Along the way, they rescue an injured goose. On their return trip, the balloon loses its instruments and gets lost, but the goose, Sulgrave, rescues them.
What was the inspiration for this book?
Elizabeth: I have several friends who are balloonists and who introduce children to this wonderful hobby. Also, we live on the water and have many resident Canada geese that we have come to know and love.
What is your favorite moment from the book?
Elizabeth: My favorite moment occurs when Sulgrave, the goose, returns to rescue the balloon with Peter and his cousins.
Is this your first published book?
No, I have two published novels, both mysteries: Do You See Him Now? and FUGO.
I started my career in public broadcasting. I have always written – although until five years ago, I specialized in technical articles and monographs for my teaching (communications, management). Some years ago, I moved into the field of communications satellites. Today, I consult in the communications field and also do volunteer work with the YMCA and various arts organizations. Hobbies include singing, sailing, golf, traveling, and reading. I have another children’s book under way as well as two more mysteries.
How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming Dozens and Dozens of Cousins and Cousins events?
Elizabeth: Please go to my web site: www.eyoungbooks.com, or to my Facebook page: eyoungbooks.com/pates/eyoungbooks