Have you ever had a dream so big you couldn't ignore it? That's what happened to local children's author Danielle Fecht. I had the pleasure of asking her a couple of questions about her upcoming book Muddy Puddles. The very talented Danielle shares how she got through her husband's cancer scare with stories for her little one and the inspiration behind this delightful book. She's currently raising funds to get Muddy Puddles published, with hopes to have it released next year.
North Parent Press: Can you tell us about Muddy Puddles?
Danielle Fecht: Muddy Puddles is a funny, heartwarming children’s story about two cousins and the puddle adventure they get into one spring day on the farm. Readers will love it because it's a story about real life and it’s funny. There hasn’t been a person yet who hasn’t laughed when they read it. I think the best part is that if anyone has met a preschool or elementary aged child, then they know that this could actually happen. This could be their story.
North Parent Press: Where did you get the inspiration for this book?
Danielle Fecht: Well, my husband has battled cancer over the last few years, and during that time I would keep the joy alive for my young son by writing stories about the farm where we live and reading them to him. He loved them because they brought our little house and all the animals that live around us to life.
Muddy Puddles was his favorite, and the idea for it came after a rainy day on the farm. We had family come to visit and the story came to life after watching my son and my nephew play outside. I was actually in the middle of making dinner when I wrote the story. I ran back and forth from the stove to the whiteboard in my kitchen writing it all down and the story just poured out.
North Parent Press: If there is someone reading this who has always had a dream to write, what would you tell them?
Danielle Fecht: When I was dreaming about becoming a writer, I came across this saying: “If you want to be a writer, then write!” It spoke right to my heart and I feel that it is true. If you want to write, then write my dear. Don’t be afraid…of anything. Put pen to paper or fingers to keys and just let those words out! Give yourself a chance. You may surprise yourself.
North Parent Press: It sounds like you've always enjoyed reading! What was your favorite book as a child?
Danielle Fecht: Oh, my favorite book. What a great question! There are so many books that I loved as a child, but my favorite would have to be Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk. I still have a copy at home. Secretly….I know it by heart.
North Parent Press: Has writing always been a dream of yours?
Danielle Fecht: Yes, I have always loved to write. Writing makes me feel on fire inside. It gets me excited. I used to love going to the library as a child and being surrounded by books. I loved to sit, read and I would always remember my favorite stories. For a long time, I have told those close to me that I wanted to be a published children’s author, and finally, after my son was born, I was able to bring his world to life through stories I would write about the farm.
North Parent Press: What's next for Muddy Puddles?
Danielle Fecht: Fundraising and publishing! I have received a formal offer to publish Muddy Puddles from a hybrid publishing company. When working with this type of company, the author has to cover some of the publishing costs up front, so right now we are working on fundraising to raise the money needed to publish and illustrate Muddy Puddles.
North Parent Press: Is there somewhere readers can follow your writing and/or book?
Danielle Fecht: Yes! The whole Muddy Puddles journey is so fun! Please follow us and become one of our Puddle Pals! We love to hear about your puddle adventures! You can follow our Facebook page and visit our website. We're also on Instagram here.
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