About My Books
I wrote Elephoot in 1973 when I was 21, living in England, and taking a few classes at the United States International University campus in Ashdown Forest, Sussex. I was given the assignment to find a building that was unusual to sketch for my architecture class. I went to the London Zoo and sketched the elephant house.
One elephant would walk out of its elephant house to be as close to me as it could while I stood there. I felt such a connection with this elephant. I created a name for her in my mind, Elephoot, and started imagining stories with her. I ended up with an A in the class, but it took me till 2013 to realize the publishing dream of bringing the story to life.
I also took a children's literature class during the same time I was taking the architecture class. We were given an assignment to write a children's story or illustrate one that was already published. After class, I asked the instructor, Dr. Tudor-Craig, if I could both write and illustrate my own story. When she asked me to come back with some work, I showed her my early work from Elephoot and Dr. Tudor-Craig responded, "That's a story that I would love to read and see the illustrations of!"
Out of the original Elephoot story, more stories have developed. My entire experience as an author and illustrator has taught me one thing: Don't ever give up on your dream. If you have a dream, keep it going, and don't wait to follow your dreams.
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