This week, my agent plans to query my new multicultural nonfiction picture book to editors. I love this picture book. I hope they will too.

Last summer, before we moved away from Idaho, my son and I decided to visit the newly renovated history museum in Boise. That’s where I discovered the topic for my new picture book. I snapped a few photos of the placard and told my son, “This is a great picture book idea. Someday I’m going to write it.”

From there we continued our museum tour and enjoyed the rest of our day.

A few weeks later we said goodbye to our city. We moved to California. And several months after that I was offered representation from Patty at Metamorphosis Literary Agency.

A new city, a new life, a new agent. I felt this warranted a new book idea. Then I remembered. The museum in Boise. I took a photo of a great idea for a picture book. And so I began to write.

It has taken nearly one year from inspiration to the final draft, the one I just sent to my agent. And now my story is about to make its debut to the publishing world.

I love the creative process. How a trip to a museum becomes a new book. How ideas churn around for days, weeks, and years. How they eventually find a new home, hopefully one day in the hands of a young reader.