Ronald OW Scott
I am a Metis Nation of Ontario member in Thunder Bay area, but I am from Kingston Ontario and I was born in Belleville Ontario. Well I never thought myself to be a writer, frankly I was always so busy with work; that I didn't have much time to think at all LOL When I left my job and wasn't working anymore; I began to spend more quality time with my girlfriend (at the time) daughters, these moments quickly began to inspire me with ideas and the ability to discover more of what kids like. My first book came to me when all three of the girls were having (as they put it), "A Horrible Day". When I asked them why they're day was so horrible, they all replied; "I don't know" So to cheer them up I began to tell them what I thought a horrible day was and by the end they we're all smiling, laughing and happy. Achieving my goal of making they're day better, I honestly thought nothing more of the story; that is until the next day when I picked the girls up from school. When I got them from school, they wanted me to tell other kids at school the horrible day story; so I told the story and all of the kids laughed. When we got home I told my girlfriend about all of this and told her the story, she immediately told me I should write a book. At first I rejected this idea and said I'm not a writer, to which she said a writer is just a story teller on paper. I pondered on the idea for a few days and then that darn tablet kept making noise and it was like it was calling me to write. So I picked it up and began
to write, at first none of it made any sense and was in a chaotic order. So I literally went to Google "how to write a kids book" and when I opened my browser the last thing I'd had open was a YouTube video. It was Robert Munsch's Mortimer, because I'd read it the girls at bedtime the night before. So I thought I'll put on Robert Munsch and listening to him might help. Well it did; it inspired me and pushed me in the right direction, two weeks later I finished writing my first children's book. Then approximately two weeks after this; one of the girls gave me the inspiration for my second children's book called "I'm Still Freezing" My second book took me about a month to write, because it is a longer story and had more character story lines in it. Still there I was two books written in under two months and now I had to figure out what to do with these stories. I first went to see a very good friend of mine because, he himself had written & illustrated several of his own books. He loved both stories and told me I have to produce these books, he remembered that I use to draw and he suggested that I illustrate my own pictures. So here again I never thought of myself as an artist, but off I went on starting the illustrations for the first book. At first I started with story line backgrounds and it was coming along quite well, my girlfriend and the girls loved the drawings. Now this is where I inspired the girls to get involved in the book; they wanted to draw characters for the book. I was delighted to have the girls help me with the illustrations and make a personal mark in the book that they had inspired me to write. They did an amazing job with the illustrations, I'm very proud to have been able to share this special time with them on our book. The oldest girl illustrated the teacher & dog, the middle girl illustrated the main character and from the youngest girl Herbert The Bunny was born (he can be found hiding throughout the books). None of this would have been possible if not for the inspiration, support and love I had in my life from everyone. The fact that a horrible time in my life gave me the time I needed to create a book with the girls, shines through the real lesson of my book. The lesson that things always get better, you just need to keep your eyes open and seize the opportunity when it presents itself.
This member has not published any books.