I’m very excited to announce that I will be releasing my new book ‘Moon’ later in the year! It was such a wonderful experience publishing my first book ‘Worry Wart’ and now I can’t believe I am at the beginning stages publishing my second book ‘Moon’.
Before I write a little about my new book, I want to take the time to thank the teams at Partnership Publishing and Happydesigner for their help in making my books come to life. I really appreciate all their help and hard work; they are wonderful.
I was asked about my writing process and how I got to writing my second book and honestly it was pretty much the same as what I’m doing now. It’s the middle of the night and I should be asleep but instead I am sat up with a cup of tea writing my blog for ‘Moon’. Writing in the moonlight seems to work best for me when the house is quiet and calm.
‘Moon’ holds an extremely special place in my heart. Like ‘Worry Wart’ I wrote ‘Moon’ in the middle of the night after waking up with an idea and quickly scribbling it down on paper then going back to sleep. ‘Moon’ however took me a little longer to write as I found that I would only write one or two sentences at a time, over a few months. It is important to me that my books have a rhyming flow as I always find when reading children’s books, myself, it’s the books that rhyme that I enjoy reading allowed the most.
I had the idea to write ‘Moon’ for my girls and then thought as I was writing the book, that it could also be something that could help other families and hopefully be a comfort to them too.
When I was younger, my Dad sadly passed away and this was extremely hard on me. After I had my first little girl years later, Summer asked me where my Dad was. I felt for her age at the time and honestly, I don’t think I was ready either. I wanted to tell her something magical so, I told her that her Grandad turns the moon on at night to keep us safe.
From then whenever we saw the moon Summer would say “Look! Grandad’s turned the moon on.” she would also make a joke if we saw the moon in the morning that he must have forgotten and left the light on. When Summer was older, she naturally understood that my Dad had passed away, but she kept this story alive.
When her little sister Órla was born, Summer would tell her that their Grandad was special and that he turned the moon on to keep them safe. Órla loved this story and they both inspired me to share this with others and the adventures, memories I have about my Dad. They both made me remember the happiness in what was one of the hardest times. Sometimes having a child’s perspective of the world can be a very magical, comforting place to be.
I hope ‘Moon’ brings comfort to those families that may be experiencing a loss and evoke pleasant memories of loved ones to be shared with one another that will live forever in their hearts.
All my love,
You can find out more about Kat McDermott and her children's stories here:- https://www.katmcdermottauthor.com/