I remember the days before my three boys were born. My wife and I scrambled, trying to get the house ready for their arrivals. You know your life is going to change. You know things while forever be chaotic. But you feel a sense of excitement that is hard to explain. When the big day comes, your life is never the same.
That’s how I’m feeling about my new book, Banjo’s Dream. I am both nervous and thrilled.
Banjo’s Dream is an A-Z children’s book about my old dog Banjo. Banjo was special dog — one who stood by you no matter what mistake you made or what challenge you faced. He believed in you. Banjo sat in my lap as I wrote my book Fried Chicken & Wine. Banjo sat next to me as I illustrated two more. He was there. Always.
Old age and illness took him from us a little over a year ago. And I say “us” because he was more than just my dog. Thousands followed his story of courage, pluck and fight on Twitter, Facebook and on my blog. When he passed, we received over 200 sympathy cards. His story inspired. His death crushed us all. It’s tough when man loses his best friend.
Banjo’s Dream has been in the planning stage for several years. His life and death pushed me to go ahead and finish it. And while it represents a big risk for my family, I know it will take care of us. Just like the little brown dog who inspired it.
It’s a chance for me to bring his spirit back to life.
The book is a 32-page, brightly colored 10 in. x 10 in. book of inspiration that will sell for $18.95. Stay tuned for details on book signings and how to order.
Dare to dream Banjo’s Dream. I did. And I hope you enjoy the book that came from it.