Writing stories that make us bigger on the inside
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Every so often I will stumble across something I wrote a while back and have since forgotten about. It’s a bit like looking at an old photograph: I recognize myself, but I can also see how I have changed.
While searching for something else this afternoon, I came upon this blog post I wrote shortly before the publication of Look! A Child’s Guide to Advent and Christmas. It carried me back to a different time in my life. But it also spoke to me in new ways where I am now. I never did share it on my website, so I have decided to do so now, especially since Advent is less than two weeks away.
“Advent is a time to practise patience as something new is formed in us. Advent is a time to be particularly open to the Spirit. Advent is a time to watch for ways we can take part in transforming aworld which cries out for healing. Advent is a season for looking—searching for signs of Christ bursting into the world, and knowing that we are all invited to share in that holy work.”
Now there is a worthwhile invitation. So what are we waiting for?
You can read the whole post here: https://paracletepress.com/blogs/paraclete-press-blog/what-are-we-waiting-for
Putting words on paper–though never easy–is less daunting to me than public speaking. However, I do enjoy chatting about my books with an interested audience.
When Julie from Canadian Picture Book Blog reached out to tell me that she has been sharing What Grew in Larry’s Garden with her students, I was delighted. So when she asked if I would consider doing a short interview about the book, I was more than happy to participate.
Bloggers like Julie are a tremendous support to Canadian writers and illustrators–and she asked particularly good questions! Pondering them prompted me to reflect more deeply about my own writing, which is always a good thing.
Reminiscing about favourite childhood picture books was fun too. You can listen to the interview here: https://canadianpicturebookblog.wordpress.com/2020/10/28/what-grew-in-larrys-garden-interview-with-author-laura-alary/
One of the most exciting stages in ushering a new book into the world is seeing the cover for the first time (because we all know we really do judge a book by its cover). I had seen some sketches for the interior art of Breathe: A Child’s Guide to Ascension, Pentecost, and the Growing Time so I knew it was going to be good, but I did not know what image would be chosen for the cover, or what it would look like in its final form. I am thrilled with the result! Cathrin Peterslund has done beautiful work and I can hardly wait to see the rest of her illustrations for this book.
Watch for it in Spring 2021 from Paraclete Press!
I am delighted to have been invited by Karen Kiefer, author of Drawing God, to take part in her virtual book club this fall. On September 21st at 7:00pm EST I will be presenting a behind-the-scenes look at What Grew in Larry’s Garden and talking a bit about growing kindness, compassion, and mindfulness in our own communities. For more information and to register, click here.
I had a pleasant surprise when I discovered that What Grew in Larry’s Garden was included in this selection of recommended books for back-to-school. Special thanks to Jeffrey Canton and The Globe and Mail for helping promote the work of Canadian writers, illustrators, and publishers.
I spy another cool connection here: the illustrator of another of the books featured here will be illustrating my next book with Kids Can Press. I won’t say who it is yet, but I look forward to being able to share some images when they are available. You can read the Globe article here.
When I started to write Breathe it was with the intention of focusing on the biblical stories (yes, there are more than one) of Pentecost. But I soon found myself drawn far more into exploring not so much the event itself, but its implications. What does it mean to feel the Spirit dwelling in you? What does it mean to recognize its presence in others? In the natural world? The truth is, we are all connected in intricate–and terrifying, because connection implies vulnerability–ways. Whether or not we identify with particular religious traditions, or even consider ourselves people of faith, we can all honour that connection and look upon our environment with gratitude and reverence.
And just to convince myself I can learn new things, I have been playing around with Canva and creating some images I can share on social media.
This one features a glass mosaic I made many years ago on Prince Edward Island.