Our second question from Ask the Author…
“Was it hard to make this story perfect?” -Melissa, age 11
Great question, Melissa! St. Philomena’s story is perfect already, because it is a story of perfect and fearless love for Jesus. Writing that story was not so perfect though!
I wrote the first draft of St. Philomena: The Story of a Stubborn Little Princess in three months. It was really quick, really easy, and even fun. Then came the hard part: editing it and making sure all the facts lined up.
When you write a story about something that actually happened, about someone that actually lived, you have to make sure that all of the facts are right. That was hard because St. Philomena lived in the early 300’s, which was a loooong time ago! My mom and I had to dig back deep into history with the help of our editor to make sure everything was accurate.
One of the best parts of finishing up St. Philomena’s story was working with an artist to pick the illustrations inside the book. Seeing her drawings of pieces of St. Philomena’s life was the most amazing experience. They made everything seem more real. Here is one of my favorites:
Writing St. Philomena’s story was a big blessing for me. Making it perfect was one of the biggest challenges. I still don’t think it is “perfect” but it is as close as we could get it thanks to my mom and our editor. :) Writing is hard work, but the results are pretty awesome when you’re finally done!
Thanks for your question, Melissa!