I recently had an exciting journey of publishing my first children’s book, Gentry & June, a Story for Mom & Dad, Too. I wrote this book to support parents who are in the challenging early years with their kiddos. I am in the midst of this beautiful but exhausting season, and I recognize the need for support in the little, every day moments– which can show up in as simple as reading a book to our little ones.
I would love to use this space to tell the story behind my story, and how this adventure came about.
For the past several years, I knew I was meant to write a book. However, I thought it would be a traditional book written to and for parents. Little did I know I’d write a children’s book for parents, too. One evening something I see everyday caught my eye in a new way. This picture of my “Tierney” frame was bought at a festival years ago and given to us as a gift. I had never truly SEEN the part that says, “She will make a good author someday” until I saw it that evening. It’s hard to explain, but in that moment, I just knew it was meant to be a children’s book.
I talked to my husband, Jordan, about my experience and immediately the idea of Gentry & June came to my mind with the intentions of creating a book to support parents too. What he said to me next was something he normally doesn’t have to say. “Tierney, I don’t want you to just talk about this. I want you to do it.”
The next day, I did some research and found WestBow Press, a self-publishing division of Thomas-Nelson and Zondervan Publishing. They gave me a call shorty after, and answered many questions. We prayed, and I contacted some of the wisest people I know to counsel me in this adventure. The next morning, someone I contacted for advice told me they received “a prompting in the night” to support me financially to sponsor my self-publishing process. If that is not a YES from the Lord, I don’t know what is!
It has been a whirlwind adventure as soon as I said yes. I wrote the words I wanted to say, worked with an illustrator and the process came together beautifully.
Thank you to all my prayer warriors, supporters and encouragers. I love you all!
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