Excerpt from Beyond My Imagination

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“When Richard arrived at his bus stop, the bus driver let him off and he waved energetically at all the kids in the window as the bus went by.  Then, he carefully checked for cars before crossing the street.  When he saw no cars approaching, he ran across the street to his house, where his mother was waiting at the door for him.  Gold and bronze leaves were blowing all around him.  When he arrived in the yard, he stepped on a giant brown leaf from an oak tree.  He reached down to pick it up to bring to his room.

“Hi, Mom, guess what?”  says Richard.

“What?” says Mom, not looking up from her yard work.

“They are giving piano lessons after school.  Can I sign up?” asks Richard.

“Did they give you the papers about this?  I need to read the papers first.  It all depends on what day they are offering the lessons.  Carey has Girl Scouts on Tuesdays, and Ryan has baseball on Thursdays,” says Mom.

Richard reached into his backpack for the papers, but could not remember where he had placed them.   He went inside and then emptied the entire contents of his backpack on the kitchen floor.  “Richard!” scolded his mother who followed him into the house. “What are you doing?  Look at all that stuff all over my kitchen floor!  Please pick it up now and put it away.”

“Oh, here it is!” cheerfully chided Richard, getting to his feet after being on his hands and knees.  “Here is the flyer and the permission slip.  Andy and I want to take it together.  Do you think we can practice at Grandma’s?”

“Whoa, wait a minute!” said Mom, “I have to look at the schedule first, and then I will let you know if we can fit it in.   What about your flute lessons?  I would have to check with Grandma first about using the piano.  She may have other plans.   Besides, I don’t know if the piano is working.”

“I can still play the flute, but I want to learn how to play the piano.  I can do both,” said Richard, pleadingly, with his hands together as if praying.

“Well I sure hope so.  Is there a cost?” asked Mom.

“No, after school activities are free.  I did not pay anything last time,” said Richard.

As Mom read the flyer, Richard got down on one knee and proceeded to pick up everything from the floor and restively placed each item back into the back pack.  He found his eraser that he thought he lost, his Batman comic book, and his Pokémon games.  At the bottom of the pack was a smashed, putrid peanut butter and jelly sandwich from last week. “

Author Interview




I had my first author interview with Bruce Newbury on “Talk of the Town” on WADK – 1540 AM, in Newport, RI, Bruce is a very seasoned interviewer.  I was so nervous, but he made it very enjoyable!  He brought out some very interesting points about my book in that he could see how the book was based on my own childhood, a fact that I had totally overlooked.  It was not intended to be that way, but I guess my subconscious came out in the writing.

The purpose of the interview was to promote my book to my hometown, but also to encourage children to pursue the development of a talent.  I spent a total of ten minutes with him, but we covered a lot of ground.  I am ready for my net interview and will announce it sufficiently ahead of time so that others may tune in if desired.

Above is a new flyer that I am using to promote the book at local businesses.  Feel free to download and share with friends and family.  Also, it will make a nice gift for someone at Christmas!


Beyond My Imagination

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My second published book is Beyond My Imagination, a book for pre-teens about a boy who wants to play the piano and the experiences that his family encounters in trying  to see his dream fulfilled.  I wrote and illustrated this book.

Any child who takes piano lessons or wants to take piano lessons will enjoy this book. The story begins with an offering of the piano class after school.  Children who are learning how to read fiction will engage in the book, as the plot develops, and will see it through to the end.

I wrote this book because I am a piano teacher who has seen many children come to my after school classes with the hopes of leaning how to play the piano.  Some of the children were skeptical about being able to play and most were excited about the possibility of playing a song.  Some were fearful, but quickly overcame the fear when they sat down at the keyboard or piano and actually learned the scales.  I believe that every child should have n opprortunity to develop any talent at a young age as they gain confidence and valuable skills that they can use later in life.

I enjoyed writing and illustrating the book, and I must say, it was quite an undertaking.  When I had a completed work, I was relieved, as so much of my energy went into creating the work.  I woud do it again!

There are references from the Bible at the beginning of each chapter, of God’s hand in raising children.   The book will be available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble on-line stores.  It is now available on Create Space.  I encourage you to purchase a copy for your child or a friend’s child.  The book is for pre-teens and will give them experience in reading a longer work.   I would be interested in hearing what you thought about the book.