15 Things about The Lemon Day by, Emily Rays
- I dedicated it to my own mother as she always created little stories, with me, when I was little.
- When the mood is positive the clouds have silver linings.
- My children are all featured in the book as characters.
- The groundskeeper, Freddie, is based on my husband, but Freddie is the name of my cat.
- There is a first edition copy where page 4 says, “At last he was a spy ready for the show” that was changed at the last minute (publisher & my mom have the original version).
- Evil villain character represents everyone that tries to put people down.
- Mother magnificent character symbolizes me (friend nicknamed me once, “Magnificent-Maggie”).
- Every illustration is the original drawing, i.e page 9 is a total cover-up (chimney is base on one of my husband’s actual jobs he once did).
- Page numbers are started on the first illustration page where they should begin on the first page of text (noticed at the last minute, but I said to keep it so the book would appear “different”.
- Difference & acceptance of is accentuated with not only the way most characters find silly names for things, but also to point out the tensions immigrants feel in this country.
- The red castle door was inspired by a local church in my hometown.
- Being yourself without being too serious is the moral of the story.
- My first public reading when I got to the “food for thought section” I made a comment how I thought that was funny & a boy leaned in saying, “it’s not that funny” (I leaned back & said, “yes, it is”).
- My middle name is Emilia & last part of my last name is Reyes=Emily Rays.
- Most asked question, “How long did it take to complete the book?” Answer: 10 minutes for the story line & 2 months for the pictures 🙂