My daughter and I are so excited about the second book in the Teeny Sweeney series that just launched into the world this week. My daughter devoured the first book last year and it even inspired her to want to become an entrepreneur. So naturally I ordered the second book in the series for her right away, Teeny Sweeney and the Cousin Calamity. And today, we are blessed to have the author herself, Amberly Clowe, on the blog. Below is her fun post.
My Top 5 Influences for Teeny Sweeney and the Cousin Calamity (Book 2)
To celebrate the release of the second book in my Teeny Sweeney series, I thought I would share some of the inspiration behind it. How fun is that!
1. My kids.
Kids are pretty rad, especially mine! (I know everyone is inserting their own kids into that thought.) Siblings are so interesting to watch. They all have likes and dislikes. They can have such different personalities, different talents, different interests. Yet, they’re family. Jesus wants them to get along too. I would say that my own children’s eccentricities and differences, and how they are able to adapt and work together, truly did inspire the main characters in this story.
We live in Houston, a very hot part of the United States. Most summers, you can find us dousing on the sunscreen and living in our swimsuits. There is a scene in the story where this totally comes out. I believe the word “douse” may have even been used.
Like many people, I LOVE food. Like, I exercise to eat. A few years back, my family and I actually attended a food truck festival, similar to the one in the story. I remember eating the most delicious seafood tacos, looking around at the atmosphere and saying, “Oh, this is so going into a book.”
In the story, the library is one of a character’s absolute favorite places to go. This was actually inspired by the library that sits, just down the road from us. It is pretty much a home away from home for this little family of mine. So, Winston, I totally get you.
There is a zoo scene in the book. It’s brief but in there. We usually go to the zoo once a month. I love to walk and leisurely look at all the animals. I’m pretty sure if we went every day, there would still be more to learn. It’s a fun place, and I’m not surprised that it made its way into this story.
I hope you enjoyed these personal experiences and Teeny Sweeney and the Cousin Calamity!