About the Author
Marcy Blesy graduated from Millikin University and taught elementary school for several years in the Niantic-Harristown and Sandwich Community School Districts in Illinois. After a decade pause to stay at home with her children, Connor and Luke, she seriously began writing after they entered school. Marcy has been published in local newspapers and magazines as well as in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Mothers. She continues to write children's books, including her first middle-grade novel. Marcy, her husband Ed, and children reside in Bridgman, Michigan, near the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan.
Marcy is a Volunteer Facilitator at Lory's Place, a grief education center in St. Joseph, Michigan.
Author's Creative Statement:
My dad died when I was 13, and growing up without dad has had a lasting impact. There have been times in my life, honestly, when I didn't really think about my dad at all, especially as I became even more removed from the actual time of his death. However, as I married and had my own children, my thoughts of my dad have become much more prominent.
At a family birthday party for my dad's older brother, he said to my younger sister, "Megan, you are so much like your dad." Why wasn't I like my dad, I wondered. I want to be like my dad, too. Really my thoughts were very childlike even though I was a 30-something-year-old woman. That moment was the inspiration for my picture book, Am I Like My Daddy? and I created the character of Grace. She's lost her dad and when given the assignment to write about a special person for a school project, she chooses her dad. Realizing she doesn't remember him well since he died when she was 5, she begins a journey through journaling to learn more about her dad and to determine if she is anything like him.
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Children's Book by Marcy Blesy
Am I Like My Daddy? by Marcy Blesy
illustrated by Amy Kuhl Cox
ISBN 978-0-9819591-3-9, 40 pages (10" X 8”) paperback © 2012
$12.00 plus $2.50 postage (pre-publication orders only until publication forthcoming in October 2012)
Grace is a little girl who wonders if she is anything like her daddy. She uses the process of journaling to discover more about her deceased father. For more information on Am I Like My Daddy? visit <http://www.bronzemanbooks.com> or e-mail Randy Brooks at <email@example.com>.
Am I Like My Daddy?. Bronze Man Books, Millikin University, (Decatur, IL), 2012.