"Blue Balloons"

Published 03/31 2014 10:46AM

Updated 03/31 2014 10:49AM

Sherri Candland, author "Blue Balloons", tells her story behind her new children's book:

I have always wanted to be a writer ever since I was a little girl. I always say I suffer from Dr. Seuss disease, thinking and speaking in rhyme, so children’s books were the perfect fit for me.

Inspiration for Blue Balloons- I was walking in a park late on evening and someone had had a party or some kind of celebration in the park-everyone had gone home but they left these blue balloons tied to a rail. I instantly snapped the strings and let them go.

The next morning I couldn’t get it out of my head-how lonely the balloons must have been and how relieved when they were floating away-and I sat down and wrote the book.

Process for getting published was so difficult. One publisher wanted the book, but would not use my atrist’s illustrations and I just kept getting rejection after rejection. Finally I borrowed the money and published it myself-my way.

I had been reading the book from the typewritten pages at bed time for over a year…when I got the first copy of the actual hardbound book, fully and beautifully illustrated-well I read it to my two daughters that night at bedtime and felt the most accomplished I had in my entire life. A dream come true.

It is a tradition in our family that we let the balloons go after a celebration-we all make a wish and send them on their way. This book is part of who we are and our family.

I am a single mom of two beautiful daughters and I own a social media/marketing company. I have written articles for the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News, love yoga, paddle boarding and my girls more than anything!

You can buy this book by visiting her Facebook Page

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