Several years ago (I believe it was 2007), I was sitting outside with my little girl (she was a toddler way back then), and we were admiring a spider nest on our back deck.
She hadn’t learned yet that spiders were nasty little things, and we sat for a long time, watching the nest. I showed her what happened when you gently poke a blade of grass at the bunch of baby spiders, and she loved watching the hundreds of tiny little things scatter in all directions.
Watching my little girl, I couldn’t help but wonder why we delight in picking up a ladybug and letting it crawl on our hands, while the sight of a spider sends us in search of an object to smoosh it with.
Later that day, a story came into my head and I started writing it down.
When the story was finished, I read it to my daughter (she loved it), and then I put it away for a little while.
When I took it out again, I realized it was actually a very good story, so I decided to submit it to a local publisher.
The manuscript was rejected and I put it away again. This time for a very long time.
Fast forward to spring of 2014. Blue Moon Publishers has decide to start its picture book imprint with A bug is a bug is a bug. The book is currently being illustrated by a very talented artist here in Prince Edward Island, and we’re hoping for a publication date in the early summer of 2015.