I met my friend Melissa in the 6th grade. We both played flute, and--even in those wretched-y, mean-girl, middle school years--she was one of the nicest people.
All grown-up, she remains one of the most genuinely nice people I know, and--not only that--she's become a gifted poet, as well. So when she asked if I could take a cover photo for her newly published book of poetry, "While the Kettle's On", I happily said "Yes!".
First off, it was a blast to work with Melissa on the cover. I think she may have felt like she was putting me out a few times, but, for-reals, this is the kind of project I live for. Scouting out the perfect kitchen, canvasing my friends for a tea kettle to borrow--it was great.
Second, I'm so proud to have a little, teensy part in what turned out to be such a wonderful book.
As the title suggests, "While the Kettle's On" is a book of domestic and family poems. It's cozy as a cup of tea and a warm plate of cookies; sweet with poignant swallows of sadness and "life" to wash it down. It will most certainly be living right in that spot on my nightstand for awhile.
But I also have one copy to giveaway--yay!
We'll keep this super simple. To win, just leave a comment below telling me you'd like it. (U.S. residents only and please make sure to leave your email.) I'll pick a winner next Friday.