The Sunflower Field

It was 3 years ago that I began the journey with my first children’s book. I was 21 years old and I made the decision I was going to go to Africa for a mission trip. All the money for my journey was raised and at the same time I was packing up to leave Alabama and move back to Indiana. One morning on my hour long commute to work I was praying to God and asking for a sign. Well He gave me one…. the minute I got to work I ran to my computer and started jotting down what God spoke to me. He gave me a simple message along the lines of “tend to the seeds people plant in our hearts”. Simple but overall it struck me very strongly and stayed with me through my trip to Africa. I wanted to speak to the church about it but the timing never lined up right… upon returning home I felt more lost than ever, I had things to unpack and life to figure out again.

Two months went by and I met my now fiance October of 2016. I told him of my trip to Africa and all the things I learned on that trip. During my stay in Africa I thought I had lost the letter I wrote detailing the message God gave me but upon arriving home and meeting Justin, I found the letter and gave it to him. Later that winter I found myself questioning what I was doing with my life, as an effort to spark a new inspiration Justin gave me the letter back to read again and all the sudden the idea (which I believe God gave me) to write a children’s book came to life. I started scribbling words on paper as fast as I could and the ideas flowing from my finger tips were beautiful and raw. Fast forward to August 30th, 2017, out of no where the eye disease I’ve had since I was 6 became active and changed my vision forever. This story I will detail on another day, I promise!

As I was sitting at home for 6 months trying to figure life out, I realized that I stopped pursuing my children’s book. Just like that I picked myself up and started revising and editing and proofreading to the best of my ability. I sent my book to my mom, my stepdad, my sister, and my fiance. They all read and loved the book more than I could have hoped! As time went by during my recovery process I realized I needed to find an illustrator.

I’ve been asked a lot how I found my illustrator and it was easy. I searched through hundreds of illustrators on Illustrators.com and stumbled across Joseph Cowman. I emailed him and two weeks went by… I found him on LinkedIn and sent him a message again…. no response…. a month went by and suddenly a message popped up on my screen from Joseph! He accepted my offer to illustrator my book and we set up a time to talk on the phone. We hit it off immediately and I could tell this was someone I wanted to work with. Not only that but when you are looking for an illustrator and you spend hours critiquing peoples work, you really learn quite quickly what you want for your book. Joseph wrote up his contract and began the pencil sketches for my book. He started work June 2018 and by the end of January he said he will be finished!

Now as I have about a month to go before I take full control over my books future, I am trying my hardest to find a publishing and printing company. I fully intend on self publishing my book and building a brand around my children’s book. My goal is to find my book in book stores and to do book signings or readings.

What the future holds is for God to show me because I have no idea where this will take me, but I do know that God is The Sunflower Field. He was behind every reason why I started this journey and He will receive the glory and love from this journey! God is in the book and God will always be glorified and thanked through this process!

Remember always, “Your struggle is your strength”

 – Kaitlyn Ariel Corsiglia –

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