When I was little, I was too cool for real friends and not cool enough for imaginary ones.
If books had counted as friends though, I would have been the most popular girl at school. I’m embarrassed to say that I used to spend weekends organizing my bookcase.
Yep, I was that nerdy.
My favorite books included: Sabriel by Garth Nix, The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey, Imogene’s Antlers by David Small, and The Princess Bride by William Goldman.
All those years of book friending and bookcase organizing must have rubbed off on me because I’ve just written my very own book!
How to Outsmart Tea Pirates (and other useful sailing tips)
contains a collection of my quirky pen and ink illustrations and my quirkier short stories. It’s the book I wish had been on my bookshelf when I was little, but better late than never!
My fellow English majors always thought I was the weird one to write about such things as wallpaper that eats end tables, pirates with sugar tongs for hands, and the Barracollossus (the fish that eats bad boys and girls – tricycles and all). But I love stuff like that and I know you do too! I believe that this book can rekindle your wonder and spark your imagination. It will have you laughing every story and wondering what would happen if the tales were real. Would you set sail with the tea pirates and subject prisoners to high tea with pinkies up before they walk the plank? Or would you sit in on the Court of the Gulls and help settle food disputes? If you’re young at heart or if you’d like to add another special book to your shelf, I know you’ll enjoy my very first book!
If you’d like to see a sneak peek chapter or hear an audio recording of a story,
you can find them HERE!
I’m having a very special pre-order until June 20th. I love when an author signs a book so I’m signing every pre-order copy. Plus, to make the book even more special, I’m including one extra, handwritten sailing tip! (Just in case you’re at sea with the book.)
I’d love to know what your favorite childhood books were!