Author returns to B'ville for book signing

What was your inspiration for 'The Day I Saw A Dragonfly?'

It was inspired by my father's death in order to bring peace to my family. After my father died, I was walking with my girls and the story came to me. I felt my father was with me that day, feeding me the story to help his granddaughters and me through the troubling time after his death. Filled with inspiration, we rushed home, I wrote down everything that had flooded my head, and [my daughters] colored pictures of dragonflies. All afternoon I felt a sense of peace because I believe he was with us. From that day on, we began to see dragonflies everywhere, in places you wouldn't even expect. It still gives me goose bumps.

Is this your first published book?

This is my first book, but I do have others written that I am working on getting published. They are all children's books.

What message do you hope children will take away from 'The Day I Saw A Dragonfly?'

I hope that children that have experienced the loss of a loved one or beloved pet will carry on our tradition of the dragonfly in order to keep their loved one close to their heart. It has brought peace and happiness to my family, and I hope it can do the same for everyone.

Why do you think reading is important for children?

Reading is very important because it awakens the imagination. An outstanding imagination can write amazing stories.

Published in 2008, Heather Fitzpatrick's "The Day I Saw A Dragonfly" is available for purchase at amazon.com and by request at bookstores such as Borders and Barnes and Nobles.

The children's book "The Day I Saw A Dragonfly," written by Heather Doran Fitzpatrick.

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