I still can't believe that I celebrated the book birthday of The Perfect Trip on Friday. Unlike the first book in the series, The Sweet Spot, The Perfect Trip was based on a real life experience, a camping trip I took with my family when I was eight.
Here are some pictures from that trip and the book cover created by Lois Bradley.
I did not find it easy to take my personal experience and turn it into a book. I wrote a blog post for Middle Grade Minded last week where I shared the steps I had to take. Turning real life into fiction led me to my main character Sam and her journey, so it was definitely worth the revision work.
Celebrations for The Perfect Trip started on Thursday night with a virtual book launch party. You can still log onto the party to answer questions and see more pictures from my trip. The celebration will continue next weekend at the Cos Cob Library in Greenwich from 3-4.
I have lots of other upcoming events. You can see them all on the appearance page of my website.
The Sweet Spot Series: 13-year-old Samantha Barrette tackles obstacles in pursuit of her dream to be a baseball player. In The Perfect Trip, Sam thinks she has finally achieved her goal of making the boys’ travel baseball team. But a cross-country family camping trip filled with secrets and surprises challenges everything she thought she knew about what the future will hold.
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