I would like to announce the publication of Pegasus Dan and the Little Owl, my first book on Amazon through CreateSpace. I have had the great privileged to collaborate with illustrator Robert Joy on this project. It’s the story of Pegasus Dan helping a little owl even though he has been taught not to trust the nocturnal animals of the forest. This book is particularly important to me as the storyline emphasizes overcoming fear. During the last few years I have come to the realization that it is imperative to do whatever I can to increase the amount of trust and compassion in the world.
A few years ago, I attended a session at a Kansas Library Association conference which was about literature geared toward LGBTQIA awareness. There are so few books for children that deal with this topic, that I felt a great urgency to create literature centered upon the theme of acceptance. While my story is not necessarily about orientation, it is about compassion, of which there can never be enough.
I also felt the need to write about this topic very strongly as I helped my mother after the passing my uncle. During his life, his parents were not able to understand his orientation, and I feel that impacted him in a negative way. If we can find acceptance within ourselves, we can create a more peaceful and harmonious world together. We are not alone in life, and it’s a good thing because we need one another. We need each other to form communities. We need each other to sustain our bodies. We need each other to understand ourselves.
I am continually grateful for the friendships in my life as they inform and teach me about myself. I am grateful for understanding that difference does not mean isolation, but rather provides a chance to learn and understand. Writing stories something I can do to increase the amount of compassion and help make the world a better place. In addition, I have decided to donate a portion of the proceeds to organizations that support the LGBTQIA community. Please stay tuned for upcoming announcements about book signings, where you will have the opportunity to meet me and illustrator Robert Joy.