I’m children’s author Julie Hedlund, and I got the idea for MY LOVE FOR YOU IS THE SUN late one night as I was snuggling my children in bed. Unlike most times when the muse strikes me past midnight, this time I sprang from the bed, went straight to my computer and wrote the first draft of the book.
I grew up on a lake in the woods of Northern Michigan. Being outdoors in nature was a defining part of my childhood, so how better to express my love for my children than with metaphors from the natural world? My Love for You is the Sun, a Tree, the Rain, a River…
What I didn’t realize at the time I wrote the book was that, while I did indeed write it for my children, I also wrote it for my father. I attribute my love of nature to his gentle, loving introduction to its beauty and wonders during my childhood. As a result, MY LOVE FOR YOU IS THE SUN is about more than the love of a parent for a child. It is about the universal, infinite nature of love.
My hope is that this book gives people everywhere a way to express and share their love with one another.