Throwback Post: Lillian Asks for Reviews


Hey Chris!

I contacted you back in 2013 to let you know how much I enjoy your books and you sent me an autographed book! I was twelve years old then and am sixteen now! Here are the pictures from that time.

My first book is nearing completion to be published and should be ready by the end of November or some time in December 2017. My mother, Camilla Downs, helped me draft this email.

I was wondering if you’d be interested in writing a review blurb for the cover of my book, “Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories”. If this is not something you feel comfortable doing, do you know any other children’s book authors who would be interested?

Here’s a description of the book; which my mom helped with also …

This book is a collection of tales, adventures, and poems she has written over the years about fairies, princesses, food, emotions, and much more (from 6 years old through 15 years old).

The book contains fictional short stories created and written by Lillian over the years. Some of them will definitely have a “Disney-esque” flavor, most have “positive thinking” as the moral, they are fantasy stories with happy endings, and some teach how to mirror animals in processing emotions.

I suppose this may be best described as a fictional anthology of Lillian’s life and imagination to date. The imagination and creative process of one with a chromosome deletion and how she chooses to see the world.

The stories and poems will be edited for spelling and grammar, yet the bulk of the stories will remain as she originally wrote and published them on her blog, a previous blog from when she was younger, and handwritten stories throughout the years.

Here’s one of the tales:

A Happy World

I just got inspired by a drawing I drew. Here’s a story based on the drawing.

One day, a bird picked up a seed to eat. A few minutes later, the bird decided that it wasn’t the right seed. The bird threw it back down. That was the beginning of the Happy World.

As the years past, the tree grew until it had several branches and a strong trunk. The strong tree became known as the Happy Tree. The Happy Tree decided to produce a seed. The seed grew with happiness and love. One day, the seed blossomed into a young beautiful tree that didn’t grow much after that point.

The young tree became known as the Amazing Beauty Tree. The Amazing Beauty Tree saw the Happy Tree. Suddenly, she realized that she wanted to know who produced her. She asked the Happy Tree if it was him who planted her. He said yes and Amazing Beauty wanted to produce a seed of her own.

She let the bird fly the seed to the Happy World. The seed became a thin beautiful conifer tree. The tree produced identical seeds until there was almost no room to plant seeds. After that the trees started planting grass seeds. After the grass had grown, there was no room to plant seeds.

A few years later, the several earthquakes that would become the mountains shook the world. The trees, birds, and grass survived. They noticed something different about the landscape and they saw triangular tall figures. They soon realized that they had seen a mountain. About the same time, their roots filled with water and animals.

One year later, humans discovered the Happy World and decided to make a small town out of it. They also made cars, rockets, and kites. The sun, clouds, rain, hail, snow, and thunderstorms were always there but they were nicer than outside of the Happy World. Everyone lived happily.

If you go into a forest, you will realize that the Happy World is the forest.

(14 years old – July 2016)

If you would like to review a few more stories, let us know.

Also, here’s our first review blurb received from one of my mom’s friends who has his 2nd children’s book debuting in December …

“You can’t help but feel happy and be inspired while reading this book. Lillian’s stories jump straight out of her heart and onto the pages in an authentic, innocent, and loving way.
The world needs more positivity and happiness and her stories are bursting with both. Thank you Lillian!” -G. Brian Benson – Award-winning and best-selling author, actor and TEDx speaker.

Thank you so much for your time!

Lillian Darnell
One of Your Biggest Fans!
P.S. I cc’d my Mother with this email just in case you want to respond to her.

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