Local author to read ‘The Witches’ Little Sister’McLellan, an accomplished watercolor artist, has filled the book with wonderful illustrations to follow the storyline.
Edmonds is going to be a little spooky this Saturday if JoAnne Nelson has anything to say about it.
Nelson will be giving three readings of her book, “The Witches’ Little Sister” in downtown Edmonds and Lynnwood.
Nelson will read parts of her book at the Edmonds Bookshop, 111 5th Ave. S, Edmonds, at 11 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Edmonds Bookshop has copies of the book in stock for those that want a copy to keep.
She’ll also be giving a reading at Wight’s Home and Garden, 5026 196th St. SW, Lynnwood, at 1:30 p.m. (story time there runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m.)
Nelson owns her own publishing company, Superbooks, and has published more than 150 books.
“Those are mostly small books for beginning readers and sold mostly to schools,” she said. “But I wanted to write a bigger book, one that would be sold in bookstores and could be found in libraries.”
She soon had an idea for the book.
“I liked the idea for the story,” she said. “A little girl that’s forgetful. I think kids can identify with that. The little girl forgets four things; her broom, her hat, her cat, and the light.”
That idea came suddenly, in the middle of the night. Nelson said she woke up at 3 a.m. one night with a line going through her head, and just had to write it down.
Much of the rest of the book came quickly to her.
“Some writing is work,” she said. “But when it’s inspired, it can be very fast. That’s what this was. It just came out, and I thought it was one of my best.”
But even with all the inspiration, it took nearly a year to publish the book.
She went to a friend, Jack McLellan, a local watercolor artist, for the illustrations. Nelson and McLellan worked together to get just the right combination of words and illustrations.
“The process has been really, really fun,” she said.
And Nelson enjoys doing her readings to kids, something she learned from 26 years as a teacher. She taught locally at Lynndale, Seaview, Beverly and Martha Lake schools and started writing in the 70’s when she was still teaching.
McLellan, an accomplished watercolor artist, has filled the book with wonderful illustrations to follow the storyline.
The result of this great story and illustrations? The perfect Halloween treat for kids from 3 – 14.
For more info on Nelson go to www.superbooks.net.