When I started this new blog post series, I did it with the idea of sharing the WHY I created my stories, but then I thought…why not share OTHER authors STORY BEHIND “THEIR” STORY? I put the call out and soon I had tons of authors who wanted to share their backstories with my readers. This week children’s book author, Adrita Goswami, is sharing the WHY she wrote her book, “A World Beyond The Rainbow”. Take it away, Adrita…
A World Beyond The Rainbow by Adrita Goswami
Inspired by the fairy tales I read as a child, I wrote my first book “A World Beyond The Rainbow” when I was thirteen. It was the idea of this book that made me realize I wanted to be an author. I am grateful to my parents for giving me the courage to pursue my literary dreams. My father also helped me with the illustrations and self-publishing process. I am glad we made the decision to self publish my first book on Amazon. It gave me some perks like creative freedom and being able to make changes.
I like colorful concepts so I chose the butterfly and the rainbow. The first title that came to my mind was “Beyond the Rainbow.” But I had no idea where it would lead me. I started writing down my ideas in a spiral notebook and eventually the story took shape. I also started sketching the characters and scenes. Some of the skeches were used as references for the final illustrations and some were altered. However, the title was changed to “A World Beyond The Rainbow” when it got published. I wanted the title of my first book to begin with the letter A.
While writing the story, I wondered if I should add an antagonist and some conflicts. But then I decided to create a simple, feel-good fairy tale. Stories full of action and adventure are undoubtedly fun to read, but sometimes we just want to curl up with a book that makes us feel happy and relaxed. I want readers to feel satisfied after reading the book. It can be read as a bedtime story, or on a rainy day or even a lazy day. It makes me really happy when I read reviews from parents saying that their children loved the book.
The power of kindness and imagination is the main theme in this story. It shows how a small kind deed can change someone’s life in an unexpected way. I hope my book inspires children to discover the magic that is all around them in the form of sunbeams, butterflies, raindrops, rainbows etc. The natural world is no less beautiful than a Fairyland, although we can’t see fairies fluttering around. Magic can be found in the wings of a butterfly, in the glistening raindrops, and in the colors of the rainbow as well. I think the beauty of this story lies in how the different elements of nature are woven together to tell a fairy tale. The protagonist of the story, Iris represents the reader who discovers magic in the mundane, while the fairies represent the magic of nature.
I personally like the rain, but most people, especially children, feel bored on rainy days as they can’t go outside. So I tried to show the positive side of a seemingly boring rainy day and added a list of ten fun activities to do at home. Some of the activities include making blanket forts, painting a rainbow in watercolor, fairytale scavenger hunting, and making paper boats. I still have many plans for this book and I can’t wait to share them with my readers!
On a rainy day, Iris saves a beautiful butterfly from the clutches of a spider. To her surprise, the butterfly turns into a lovely rainbow fairy. The fairy takes Iris to a wonderful world beyond the rainbow. Explore the magical world of fairies in this beautifully illustrated children’s book.
Purchase Link: http://getbook.at/AWorldBeyondTheRainbow
About The Author:
Adrita Goswami is a published author and illustrator of children’s books. She began spinning tales of fantasy and adventure when she was six, and wrote her first book “A World Beyond The Rainbow” at the age of thirteen. Her other books include “The Magical Garden,” “Little White Angel,” and “The Princess and the Golden Hart” which has been published by Ukiyoto Publishing. She also writes poems and short stories for anthologies. When she is not writing, Adrita enjoys reading, painting, listening to music, and spending time with animals. She is deeply interested in Literature, Psychology, and Art. She is presently working on her upcoming books.