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How was Millie born?

One day after waking up from a nap, the entire story layout for Millie the Monarch came to me.  I wasn't trying to make it, I was still half asleep.  The plot and the characters seemed to just pour out of me, and I grabbed a pen and began quickly jotting them down in my notebook.  It felt like a gift from God. 

But like many of us who have dreams, I buried Millie for a while. I sat on the idea and didn't do anything with it.  That notebook with the plot and the characters sat in a box for almost two years.  Then one day, I knew I had to get it out and do something with it.  It had been given to me by God as a gift, and I knew I needed to steward what I'd been given. 


Writing Millie was in some ways, the easy part, I already had the plot and the characters.  The illustrations for Millie, however, took quite a long time.  Each page of Millie is an original oil painting and a work of art.  It was a labor of love, and though it was a lot of hard work, making Millie was an honor and a joy!  I hope that all who read Millie will be inspired to believe you can fulfill your destiny because "the One who has made you put inside you the key."  


Alison Shepard is an artist and lives with her husband, artist Evan Hildebrandt, and their  dog, Levi. 


Alison has been making art since she was a tiny child and has a background in higher education as an art professor.  She left her job as a professor in 2014 to pursue her dream of being a full time artist.  

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