The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade Book Launch Party! I hope you guys are having just as much fun as I am and I really appreciate you stopping by!
As an author, one of the biggest questions you often receive is where did you get the idea? That's the cool thing about writing. Ideas come from all over and different authors have different sources of inspiration. You never know when the idea will spark, but an author's mind is usually turning 24/7 for that next great idea.
For me, all of my writing inspiration comes from my two boys. They constantly crack me up and have such a fresh take on the world. In fact, the idea for The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade came to me when one of my sons had that dreaded stomach virus every parent dreads. You know--the one they catch, then it spreads to every other single family member in the house? Ugh!
Anywhoooo... When everyone asked how he was doing, I would say, “He caught the bug.” It's something everybody says when they're sick, but the more I said it, something clicked. So I expanded on the play on words of catching a bug--meaning getting sick and catching an insect.
The book didn't nearly start out the way it ended up and it saw many transformations over the year that it took to write. (I'll show you some pictures of my manuscripts later today!) I also needed to figure out what my bug was going to be. It had to be fun, but it also had to be rare. So I researched bug after bug and knew I had the one when I stumbled upon the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly.
Historically, the Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly was found in Alabama,Indiana, and Ohio and probably has been extirpated in those states. Today the dragonfly can only be found in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin. So it's quite a feat for our main character, Matt, who lives in Ohio to discover one of these amazing dragonflies on the grille of his dad's car!
So from a stomach virus, and a little research on the only dragonfly listed on the Federal endangered species list, The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade was born!