I’ve heard that sharks need to keep moving, or they die.
The same, I think, with writers.
I make presentations as a guest author. I visit schools, connect with kids, share my love of words with others. And doing so is an absolute delight.
But the “guest” part wouldn’t happen without the “author” part.
So, even when I’m out visiting schools (or even, tbh, brushing my teeth or taking out the trash), my mind is writing the next book, the next story I want to share.
And when that next book comes together, it’s exciting, indeed.
That’s where I am tonight.
My new book, a children’s biography about John Muir, Father of the National Parks, is officially being released tomorrow on Amazon. As I’ve written in a previous post, this book has added meaning for me because I not only learned about John Muir’s love for nature, but I also realized I needed to research the Native Americans who predated the National Parks. In my book, I hope young readers (as well as their teachers and parents), will read about the mistreatment of Native Americans in the region that is now known as Yosemite National Park, Muir’s particular passion. And, hopefully, young readers will ask questions about not only how we treat nature, but, most importantly, how we treat our fellow humans.
And that’s really the most important part for me, getting out the message. As a small-press/independent publisher, I have no illusions that this will bring me fame. It certainly won’t bring me riches. But it will bring me the satisfaction that my message, the story I felt needed to be told, is out there in case anyone is interested.
It’s the actual writing, the sharing of a story–the “author” part–that allows me the chance to visit schools and students as their “guest.”
And I love that. I do.
But I know I’ve got to keep moving. Make sure I keep writing and thinking of stories.
Or, well, you know…
The previous post about my journey in writing this book: https://casettakids.com/2021/10/11/indigenous-peoples-day-and-my-ignorance-and-journey/
My new book, now available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sophia-Discovers-Real-Treasure-National/dp/1956224025/ref=sr_1_3?crid=30GI9EE8IWVJC&keywords=curt+casetta&qid=1647734421&sprefix=curt+casetta%2Caps%2C265&sr=8-3