This morning I drove up to Mount Vernon which is the location of the famous tulip festival out here near Seattle. Since seeing the festival of blooms over 11 years ago for the first time, I fell in love with the beauty and pure magic of the rows and rows of blossoms. I was inspired to write a children’s story after seeing one tall, yellow tulip that stood out amongst the field of pink blooms. This yellow tulip became the inspiration behind Ellie Blossoms. Ellie is an elephant who is different as can be. She likes to garden and plant tulips specifically and all her elephant friends make fun of her because elephants don’t plant flowers! But she persists and becomes known for her beautiful tulip gardens. And out among the pink blooms stands one yellow tulip higher than the others which tells Ellie that being different is okay.
I wrote this story several years ago and after many attempts to get it published through traditional means I decided to self publish it. Like Ellie, I don’t give up when people tell me I can’t do things. So today, I drove up to where the inspiration for the story first began and pitched the book to the local gift shop and they along with the city of Mount Vernon will be offering it as people come through to grab maps of the area. I am so excited that Ellie will finally be in the hands of young people and I hope that people love her as much as I do!
Shameless plug-if you’re unable to get to the tulips this year but you’d like to read Ellie Blossoms, feel free to purchase her from Amazon.
The tulips had not bloomed yet while I was there today, but there were some gorgeous daffodils that I couldn’t resist taking photos of.