Saturday, November 8, 2014
How The Unicorn Got His Horn Back, Creative Lives Series, Vicki Dean Mayhew
Have you ever wanted to write a children's book? For years, my friend, Vicki Mayhew, has been trying to get several of her books published. She went to workshops, she considered self-publishing, and she opened countless rejection letters from publishers, but she never gave up.
Vicki taught Sunday School with me when her children were small and she began to share a story about a pair of shoes belonging to a young boy. He had taken them off to wade in the sea and a wave swept them away. The story line grew in Vicki's imagination and she told to me over the next few months the continuing magical adventures of this pair of shoes. In my mind I could see the illustrations that would tell this story with few words to very young children. This book is still waiting on a publisher, but another of Vicki's stories has been published. A signed copy of it was sitting on my desk at St. Mark's when I got to work one morning.
As with many creative people, Vicki found the time to run AP-T Camera Repair,the largest camera repair shop in New Mexico, with her husband, Mike, raise wonderful children, volunteer with both the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, coach Little League, take wonderful photographs, care for the patio garden at St. Mark's, work in her own gardens, sew, and coach and play softball, all the while, writing stories and poems.
If you are looking for a gift for a child or grandchild, I would recommend this book about bullying. Children today have all either been a victim of bullying or have taken part in this less than positive activity themselves. This little story will give you an opportunity to discuss this issue with them.
Here is a video of one of her books now available from Amazon. It is a gift to have such a talented friend!
Update from the author "Sea Shoes has been accepted for publication and the illustrator is at work!"
If you would like a signed copy, drop by AP-T Camera Repair, 4503 Menual NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Call first to let Vicki know you are coming (505)881-6600)...or order from Amazon...