I'm sure most children dream of becoming writers, and I was no exception. I've had many ideas for books over the years, and so far I have made one a reality! The Ghillie Girls began as a Christmas present for my Irish dance friends and ended as a self-published children's book.
I learned a lot from this project--especially that self-publishing is a lot of work and isn't very lucrative! But I don't regret the adventure one bit. I'm very proud of my book, and the difference it has made in the lives of a few young dancers. Hearing their stories makes it all worth it.
I do have ideas for more Ghillie Girls books (I had many adventures with my Irish dance friends!) and who knows; maybe one day in between diaper changes and projects at work, I'll actually write another book!
In the meantime, you can still buy copies of The Ghillie Girls: Irish Dance Pals, and I'd love to hear what you think.
Friday, August 31, 2012
In addition to working and taking care of Drew, I have some hobbies--or, at least, memories and dreams of hobbies that I hope to keep alive through this blog!
I looooooooove reading, though these days I usually only have time to listen to audio books while driving or doing dishes. (I am so grateful for the Greater Phoenix Digital Library and my iPod!)
Before Drewbie came along, I was very involved with the Phoenix Irish community, first as a fiddle student, then as an Irish dancer. After becoming the 2005 Arizona Colleen and winning a trip to Ireland, I spent four years on the Colleen committee, and also taught Irish dance at the Irish Cultural Center. My adventures as an Irish dancer inspired my self-published book The Ghillie Girls: Irish Dance Pals. And I still enjoy going to an occasional ceili at the Irish Cultural Center!