Sunset author's newest release filled with hope
By Jan Swift
Attorney turned award-winning children’s book author Alysson Foti Bourque said navigating the world of children’s books has changed the way she lives her life.
“I’ve learned that you have to put yourself out there and not worry what comes of it. I’ve learned not worry about the bumps in the road because those bumps help give you thick skin,” she said.
Bourque, 36, said she has managed the good days and bad days in her publishing experiment by holding on to the good days.
“It’s been a change in the way I’ve lived my life. Before, I was always really reserved and concerned about saying and doing the right things and how people perceived me,” she said. “This process has made me understand that it really is what’s on the inside that matters more than what’s on the outside.”
Bourque’s new book “Alycat and the Monday Blues” will be out Sept. 12. The first book in the Alycat series, “Alycat and the Thursday Dessert Day,” released in 2016, won the Mom’s Choice Award and a Benjamin Franklin Digital Award. The first book, along with the Alycat plush doll, has garnered fans across the South.
Bourque, of Sunset, is excited to announce that New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Niven is writing the forward for the new book. Niven is the author of “All the Bright Places” and “Holding up the Universe.”
“Jennifer’s books address heavier topics — helping young people learn how to deal with difficult issues,” Bourque said. “‘Alycat and the Monday Blues’ ties into that theme.”
The book launch party will be at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Little Gym of Lafayette. Bourque will be featured at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville Oct. 13-15 and the Louisiana Book Festival Oct. 28.
About “Alycat and the Monday Blues”
In “Alycat and the Monday Blues,” Alycat is certain that her day will not get better — until she helps a friend. By helping a friend, she discovers something very special about herself: her beautiful singing voice.
This book is important for all children out there, especially those who may be having a “blue day.” It shows readers at a very young age that they can turn a blue day into a new day with hope through relatable situations.