'Tales of Imagination' now available

Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 05:59 PM.

People began to comment that she should write a book about the adventures her subjects were enjoying.

"But I thought, 'I am not a writer,'" although she did do some writing while in high school and college. She even took a few courses in short story and creative writing. But when she chose a technical path, writing became a secondary business skill.

"I was still writing, but it was less creative and more descriptive. I wrote user's guides, technical references, software training material, that sort of thing," she said.

The artist has also been blogging for the last 8-10 years and has a pretty sizable collection of children's books mostly by Seuss and Silverstein, which she reads for fun. All of this helped her jump into the children's book writing arena.

"When I started painting the adventure animal paintings someone saw my artwork and called me a story teller," she said. "That's when I figured out that each painting was a tiny story and all I had to do to write a book was to tie all those stories together. So, I went back to my book collection and decided to write in a style that I enjoyed most — rhyming prose. So, I was not a children's book writer until I decided that I was."

Amazingly, 90 percent of her first book was completed in one night when she finally sat down sat down and put pen to paper and the stories all came together.

The stories making up "Tales of Imagination" are about a group of shelter pets that have adventures at night in their dreams, said Wiesneth.

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