A Georgetown woman who spent eight years writing a children’s book finally saw the book published this year.
Meg Kappel describes her “Kisses on the Wind” as a magical adventure and love story.
It follows best friends Sequoia and Mohee, who grow up together fishing, swimming and exploring nature in their village and then are divided by war. A medicine woman’s wise words create a magical connection for them.
Kappel, 65, said the story promotes messages of love and hope, which she hopes translate not only to the children, but also the parents and grandparents who read it to them.
“Kisses on the Wind” was inspired by the sudden death of her father when she was only 18 years old, an event which deeply impacted her entire family.
“Over the years I’ve come to realize that love transcends time, space and even death,” Kappel said. “Love never dies, and I wanted to share that with people.”
She chose to write about native Americans because she loves their connection to the earth. An ex-husband had Native American heritage, as do her children.
The self-published book is for sale at Amazon.com at $9.95, and on other online book stores. Delaware libraries are scheduled to get their own copies of the book soon, she said.
Kappel also plans to have an podcast in a few weeks, during which she will be reading her book to a group of children. And the book will be translated into French, Spanish, German and Mandarin next year.
The author grew up in the peninsula community of Linstead-on-the-Severn in Maryland and attended the University of Maryland studying radio, television, video and film.
She has written two other children’s books that haven’t been published yet and three screenplays, one of which is a rock and roll musical, that haven’t yet sold.
Originally, “Kisses on the Wind” was intended for children ages 8-14, but because illustrations by Samantha Silvas are so finely detailed, Kappel said it can be enjoyed by people of any age.
“They’re really works of art,” Kappel said.
She and Silvas, who just moved from Pennsylvania to Couer d’ Alene, Idaho, met when Kappel advertised for illustrators through Craig’s List. Silvas had never illustrated a book, but had an extensive portfolio.
“I liked her stuff,” Kappel said. “She had a good feel for the book.”
The vibrant illustrations are filled with hidden “Little People” and dozens of animals and insects for readers to find, according to the book’s description on Amazon.
Kappel believes that all ages will respond to the book’s messages.
“It provides hope, for children and families,” she said, “I think that’s especially important right now.”
When Kappel isn’t writing, she’s spends time outdoors and with her five grandchildren who live in the area. She enjoys gardening and camping — and Assateague Island is a favorite spot — as well as crabbing and clamming.
“I’ve always lived near the water,” she says.
Kappel already has an idea for her next children’s book, which will be a holiday book of sorts. It will focus on two small children growing up in poverty in the 1940s with the ability to see tiny beams of light shine down on earth when people do good deeds.
“It’s a very heartwarming story,” she said.