"I was nursing my baby daughter when the image of her as a toddler pushing me as a geezer in a baby carriage came to mind ~ and the idea of a book about being an older first-time mother was born. A friend recommended "world-class artist" Ellen Blonder for the drawings, but when I called her, before knowing what my book was about, she said she was too busy to do any projects--she had just had a baby! But two days later, to my delight, Ellen's first drawing came in the mail!"
"One look at Ellen Blonder's first drawing, and I knew I'd found the perfect artist. On the left was the profile of a portly but not pregnant middle-aged woman; and on the right was the exact same profile, but with a little foot sticking out of her belly.
And thus began a fabulous collaboration, and a fulfilling life-long friendship. Our daughters, Mia and Lisa, are 25 now, and also best friends. And while the book remains surprisingly relevant, the age of the "mature" mother seems to keep creeping up."