My name is Erica Ramsey-Bowen. I'm the happy author and illustrator of "The Little Bayou Fairy". My "Day Job" is creating Illustrations, writing Childrens' Books, painting Pet PawTraits, working hard to give back to the wonderful community in Cobb County Georgia that cheers me on, and, in general, causing a ruckus and engaging in shenanigans.
(But only the good sort of ruckus and shenanigans! Promise!)
My journey has been odd and messy and I describe myself and what I create in three simple words: "Work. In. Progress".
My life's mission is to create valuable, amazing, beautiful works of art that create
Joy and Peace in the world.
Otters play a key role within the pages of "The Little Bayou Fairy Book" and at first, I did it for a particular plot twist and simply because I love otters. (Shhh! if you've already read the manuscript for the book, please don't ruin it for others by sharing what that plot twist is!)
But as I began my research into otters, particularly river otters, I was intrigued to learn that otters serve as an ecological health bellwether. If river otters abandon their habitat, something in that ecological food chain has gone seriously wrong. Imagine, then, how I felt upon learning the impact of the BP oil spill on not just human, but animal and plant kind, and in particular the once prevalent river otters! So I decided to dedicate a portion of each books' proceeds to basinkeeper.org. Please check out this beautiful nonprofit organization that is working very hard to maintain an important ecological cornerstone - the Atchafalaya Basin!'
There may be an "I" in "FAIRY", but there is also an "I in "TRIBE" - and that's the only way ANY of this is POSSIBLE!
I create a very small percentage of much of what is manufactured within the Bayou Fairy Factory. My amazing virtual team of Kickstarter supporters, pixies, fairy Godmothers and Godfathers, and real honest-to-goodness unicorns make the majority of the miracles happen.
More about them to be shared here VERY SOON!!!
Interested in how you can be an active member of Team Fairy?
We are looking for help from other magical humans who are great at the following:
Bloggers Who Write About and Review Children’s Books
Independent Bookstore Owners
Podcast(ers) ? (Is that a Noun? We hope so.)
Radio, Print, and Television Program Hosts and Producers
Book Fair and Convention Organizers
Parents and Kiddos Who Want to Beta Test Our Products