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We're paws-itively thrilled to celebrate the launch of Lynda Graham-Barber's new picture book, Cookie's Fortune, illustrated by Nancy Lane and out now from The Gryphon Press!
In Cookie’s Fortune, lyrical language and expressive illustrations bring to life the heartwarming story of a small stray dog who simply wants to find a place that smells "like home." Young animal lovers will be on the edge of their seats until they experience Cookie’s ultimate good fortune. And families will feel educated and empowered to take concrete steps that bring hope to the lives of the many other homeless "Cookies" who wander our streets.
What was the spark that ignited this book?
Observing the resilience and fortitude of a dog near death and asking myself, How did it happen? Every dog story deserves a happy ending.
Thanks for sharing these amazing before and after pictures of the dog who inspired it all: 1) The little dog with a big mange problem who Lynda and her husband found in a Brooklyn subway. 2) Lynda and her husband with the same dog, complete with a new name -- Metro! -- and a new lease on life.
What nugget of craft advice has been especially helpful to you?
Invest in a microscope and a good pair of scissors.
What’s your writing superpower?
Our 160 acres of woods—and the pond, where skinny dipping provokes thought, especially when the kingfisher rattles and the great blue surprises in silence.
Tell us about something special you keep on your desk/wall as you work.
A quote: I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. -- G.K. Chesterton
Who were your advisors at VCFA?
M. T. Anderson, Julie Larios, Shelley Tanaka
How did attending VCFA affect your writing life?
It made me realize that being clever or nimble with language does not a writer make.
What is your favorite VCFA memory?
Dancing with a stationary column during a party our class threw for those graduating and getting a hug from Julie Larios when I needed it most.
What advice would you give to a prospective VCFA student?
Keep your antennae up and be full of wonder.
Thanks, Lynda! Our antennae are up and our tails are wagging. Welcome to the world, Cookie's Fortune!
Watch the trailer below, or on YouTube.
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