Readers often ask about my first book. Brenda Bowen, an editor who had been quietly tracking my growth as a writer since 1984, expressed interest in a picture book I submitted to her in 1989. The manuscript, A Gift for the Unicorn, was inspired by a family experience. This compassionate editor encouraged me. She said she liked the characters, but she wasn’t convinced by the plot. Would I be willing to try again? It took several attempts, discarding one story-line after another, but it seems the prescient Brenda Bowen saw something in my writing she thought she could work with and at last offered me a contract. The book, when it finally launched in 1991, was WISH ON A UNICORN.

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