Some stories don't always begin where we think and TBJ for sure is one of those. It was my husbands dream to be a writer and have his own publishing company. He has been a teacher for over 15 years and knows how to work and interact really well with children. He began to write stories one day as we were traveling on a flight. The stories came to him with ease as he found himself quickly lost in the plot until the end of each one.
I did not jump on board this uncharted territory with the same ease until I met Lila Moore in The Secret Flyers Club. At the time, I was a full time Architect with little interest in a publishing house. I found myself so taken by the character that I began to draw and sketch her almost immediately. I envisioned what she looked like and how she dressed. I began to imagine each page and painted the plot in watercolour with such enjoyable ease. But Lila Moore didn't actually begin from my husband. When our daughter was 3 years old, she drew her first idea of what a girl looked like through her eyes. This not only went straight into a frame, but became the footprint for our first character.
Now we have three full series, The Secret Flyers Club, The Phenella Adventures and wUnderFUN. Each one invites creative thinking and reaches out to the kid in all of us. It's been a few years since the first words and sketches found themselves on paper. Surprisingly, I've come full circle am and so passionate out TBJ. I closed my Architecture firm and have fully jumped into this uncharted territory of the publishing world.
In hopes of doing something bigger than us, we decided to donate all out profits to the LOVE 21 Foundation. This is a local charity in Hong Kong also trying to make big waves. They help children with Down Syndrome offering exercise & nutrition programs as well as family counselling.
I'm not a writer so much myself, but I'm hoping to make this blog a weekly sharing venture. I'll leave you now with a photo of my little journaling kiddo!
Have a great week!