Please Help Create Book To Support Folks with Disabilities!

AmazinK6y7color (1)Hullo, family, friends, and fans! I have just launched my first Indiegogo project. It’s for the creation and publication of my latest children’s book, “The Amazing K,” and I need your help!

The book is very special for a couple of different reasons. First of all, the main heroes of the book are children with disabilities. I feel like fantasy, sci-fi, and adventure are all genres where folks with disabilities don’t get nearly enough screen time, especially as main characters. Hence, the creation of this book, where they get to star as the main heroes.

Secondly, upon publication, I’ll be giving 25% of all royalties from the book to ALFA, a foundation which helps create and fund programs for folks with disabilities at Trinity Services. I work for Trinity, so I know from personal experience that they provide a lot of great programs for our folks, including art, music, culinary, and gardening. I would like to see these programs continue to grow and thrive; hence donating part of my royalties to the cause.

That’s where YOU come in! Please check out the link to the project, and if you’re able to pledge to give, please do so! All funds will go toward the creation and publication of the book. And in return, you get some great prizes, such as autographed copies of the book.

But you only have until the end of December 30 to give! So please, show some Christmas spirit and give a little. If yuo can’t give, please help spread the word through Facebook, twitter, and other social media. Together we can make this book a reality and, by doing so, support a great program that helps folks with disabilities learn, grow, and express their own creativity.

To check out the project and make a pledge, visit this link:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/children-s-book-to-help-folks-with-disabilities/x/8779312

Thank you so much!

~ Christine E. Schulze

First Complete “Amazing K” Illustration!!

Ahoy, readers!!

All right. So I am not gonna give TOO much of this book away because it is gonna be amazing and I want there to be surprises. BUT, I absolutely wanted to share this first complete illustration, a lovely two-page spread, featuring Kane and Kaylee.

Again, The Amazing K will be my first book featuring kids with disabilities; Kane is in a wheel chair, and Kaylee is non-verbal but is awesome at sign language.

Many thanks to Catty Flores for this delightful illustration!! Look forward to more updates!!

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“William” Released at Last!

Page 23_ver3Well, obviously I missed that midnight release post; I admit I passed out last night for some much-needed sleep.

But the ebook version of The Adventures of William the Brownie is now available, and the print version should be available for purchase on Amazon in just a few days.

Thanks again to all my readers, and congrats to all the Goodreads contest winners!

To sample the ebook version or purchase a copy, check out this link:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/495060

“William” Release Happenin’ Tonight!!

Page 27Hullo, readers, friends, and fans!

The release of my first children’s book, The Adventures of William the Brownie, draws nigh–only six hours away!

I’ll be doing another post as soon as the Smashwords ebook copy goes live; the print version may not be available on Amazon straight away.

Also, tonight is your last chance to enter the Goodreaders give-away; twenty-one lucky winners, and you could be one of ’em!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22814165-the-adventures-of-william-the-brownie

Remember that a percentage of all royalties made from William will go toward supporting two charities, NACAC and CAFO, that help with finding adoptive families and foster homes for children within the United States.

Thanks so much, and let the countdown begin!!

“The Amazing K” First Sketch ~or~ People with Disabilities in Fantasy Fiction

Yay! Development of my second children’s book, The Amazing K, is finally under way.

The Amazing K will be a very special book for me. It will be my first full-length book starring characters with special needs. One of the main characters is wheelchair bound, another is nonverbal, and another is missing one of his limbs.

KayleesketchHowever, I don’t want their disabilities to be the main focus of the book. The book is fantasy/adventure, just like most of my middle grade and young adult books. It takes place in outer space and features two bands of pirates who spend their days flying their pirate ships through the stars in search of treasure. The two pirate crews end up being stuck on a giant planet made of candy together, which might sound like fun, but trust me–where pirates, candy, and outer space are involved, there’s plenty of room for misadventures.

My hope with this book, as with future books, is to be able to write stories in which children and adults with disabilities star as regular characters. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres, but I have come to notice it is one of many genres in which people with disabilities are little represented. I’m hoping to take a step in the right direction of changing this dynamic by including characters who do have disabilities but can be just as adventurous and prove themselves heroes as well as any other character.

I mean, it’s the same idea as with seeing main characters of various races in fantasy fiction. As an example, too often, the female lead is a perfect blonde or brunette with pretty much no physical flaws–and sometimes her character is too perfect as well. I’m not saying we can’t ever have those characters; I have a blonde as a main lead in one of my upcoming series. However, I also have a Hispanic male as my other main character.

So, let’s shake it up a little. Let’s see female leads who are not drop-dead gorgeous–or maybe they are, but hey, they are not size zero, ’cause realistically, most people aren’t. Let’s show girls and boys of all different shapes and sizes and let them be beautiful. Let’s have Black leads and Hispanic leads and Asian leads–and leads who have disabilities too.

That’s my social justice rant for the day. Now that’s outta my system, back to the book.

For this book, I’ve teamed up with artist Catty Flores. I love her unique style and knew it would be perfect for a quirky, fun story like The Amazing K. Unlike The Adventures of William the Brownie (to be released November 21st!!) which was more of an illustrated chapter book, The Amazing K will be a true picture book. Still lots of text, but way less than William and more of a focus on illustrations to tell the tale. Catty Flores is also great at creating a full lay-out, text and all, which is another reason I chose her. I’m looking forward to developing the book with her!!

Above, I’ve shared our very first character sketch for Kaylee, one of the main characters. It’s probably not in final form, but as it is the first, I wanted to share and give readers a glimpse into Catty’s style. You can also check out her website here: http://www.cattyflores.com/cf/CattyFlores/Home.html

Thanks so much to Catty and to my readers as well. Stay tuned for more updates!