Why was this book created?
We need more stories with non-traditional heroes! And our heroes are ready for different adventures, and totally new plot twists. We need an update on the lesson learned. The ending can still be happily-ever-after; but, instead of delivered by a charming prince, it’s developed with inner peace.
What is the inspiration behind the book?
At my local library, we entertain kids with Weekly Storytime. We read books out loud, in Spanish and English. To make it fun and interactive, we practice our words together, and sing songs in both languages. Through sharing these stories, I saw kids come out of their shell. This fun and laid-back learning environment brought out their smiles and curiosity, and I was very moved.
How did you choose the characters and premise?
Legend attributes the following quote to Albert Einstein, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Whether he said it or not, it’s an insightful thought. While the story’s plot doesn’t follow this message, it kind of always stuck with me anyway, enough to ask myself, “well, what if…?” And the story took off from there.
How did you prepare for writing?
I read a lot of children’s books. Different formats and styles, age groups, geographic origin.
I also dedicated some time to research quality story-telling; from my childhood favorites, to the professionals at Pixar. This helped me create structure for engagement, and build an unforgettable message.