...In our research on books that feature characters with vision loss, we discovered that it was typical for the blindness to be central to the plot. Ms. Eaton (illustrator) and I (Lisa Cole, Author) longed to create an inclusive story where the character was loved simply for whom they were rather than singled out for any specific difference. Unless it is pointed out, younger children experiencing this story for the first time may not even realize little sister is blind.
While Mommy Was Fast Asleep includes thought-provoking homework questions at the back of the book. The teacher's guide, created by a teacher-turned-author, is also available for free by download (Jan 2020) and for a nominal print price.
My college and career background is in marketing, management, and communications. I have been writing (and trying to start companies!) since I was six years old. Over the years I had started businesses in grocery delivery (before it was cool), soy candle making, collie dog education, and even pet gift baskets. My favorite though is when I started the business of motherhood. I love being a mom! My four children, who range in age from 5 to 11, are my heart's joy. They truly give me a reason to get up every day and reach for the stars. In fact, most of my writing stems from real-life moments I've experienced as a mom.
As an adult, I have devoted my life to education, children, and nonprofit service. My days are filled with publishing adventures, volunteer work, school board service, baseball games, and Netflix binges.
She began telling me that her little sister (with whom she shares a room) had kept waking her up saying she didn't feel well. She read her stories, took her to potty, and even got her water - all without disturbing me. The tenderness with which she had cared for her sister all night touched me so deeply I turned it into a short story that was subsequently published by a small house in Brooklyn, NY.
The story stuck with me so deeply, however, that I wanted to reposition it and tell it from the child's point of view. And thus the beginnings of "While Mommy Was Fast Asleep" was born.