Hello, my name is Julie Kolb. Thank you for reading!
Long before writing became a part of my every day, I told imaginary stories to my children at bedtime. When my youngest was too old for bedtime stories, I went back to writing stories for my own enjoyment. One of my grandchildren found me huddled at the utility room desk late one night writing on my computer. After learning what I was doing, they asked if I would write them a story. That story for a ten year old granddaughter became Snowball, my first self published story. It is currently available in paperback and ebook currently at Amazon ( click here).
The story is an easy to read chapter book about a little girl who helps her grandparents find out how their new puppy keeps getting out of the fenced yard. Aimee is smart, curious and compassionate, just like my granddaughter. All hints of physical features are purposefully left out. Tweens should not be worrying about their appearance. What we should be commending them for is their compassion, intelligence, inquisitiveness in their world around them and ability to find new solutions to problems they recognize. That is what I tried to do with Snowball.
My second book published was an illustrated picture book, Bad Dream. The illustrations were drawn by me. Started before a disastrous attempt at hopping tree roots on a mountain bicycle (wearing a helmet) that resulted in a broken arm. After surgical repair I had to relearn how to use that hand all over again. I pushed myself to finish this book in a timely manner, Having just started to learn how to draw, and frustrated with my inability to use hold a pencil for long, use of my non dominant hand proved easier to work with, completing and published Bad Dream a little late, but done. In print, the illustrations didn’t look as well, and I wasn’t as happy with the finished product, even if it was the best I could do at the time. My own fear of never creating another story pushed me to published it anyway. Due to the subject matter and my situation at the time of the first publication, Bad Dream seemed exactly what I needed to publish at the time. This time life imitated art.
Bad Dream, a story about a little boy who has a reoccurring bad dream and how his grandfather helps him deal with it. The grandfather helps the little boy see that things aren’t always as they seem and that a little bit of brave goes a long way.
Then came the big transfer from Createspace to Amazon’s buyout. Bad Dream wasn’t up to my expectations and neither stories were transferring without problems from one to the other for the print editions. So the print print editions were pulled. Now, I added learning to book design, using new software to eventually have Snowball back up and available in a second edition format for both print and ebook.
Currently I am working on using digital means to remake Bad Dream into what I had hoped for originally. Projections on the second edition being available 2020. So far the cover is finished along with 2 of the other illustrated pages. All print pages are complete. Approximately 15 illustrations are left to start/finish (some are in various stages).
Also I am working on a grown up story about, hmm . . . a G rated version . . . expectations. Yes, that sums it up in one word. To keep my stories for grown ups and children separate, I will use the pen J. Kolb to signify this is not suitable for young children. (see some of my grownup stories over at www.j-kolb.com here on WORDPRESS)
Other stories are in various forms of progress, so don’t count me out of the writing game quite yet.
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