When East Bay resident Martha Haris was diagnosed three years ago with stage-four breast cancer, she decided to write a children’s book based on the character Fairyella the toothfairy, which Haris created for her daughter Kimberli.
Haris would share tales of Fairyella’s adventures as bedtime stories, but never wrote them down. Before she died, she wanted to compile the stories to share withthe world, so she wrote the stories – but needed an illustrator to bring Fairyella to life.
Haris contacted the East County nonprofit An Elderly Wish and asked for help to complete her book. An Elderly Wish grants wishes to seniors with terminal illnesses.
This was an unusual wish for the organization to tackle, but Director Mary Chapman took it on. After a year and a half working on the project, Haris passed away.
Kimberli, determined to fulfill her mother’s dream, found a work-for-hire artist. Under Kimberli’s direction, the illustrations were completed and the book self-published with help from Chapman and donations from friends and family.
Kimberli grew up believing in these fairytales and wants to share her love for Fairyella with children all over the world. “The Adventures of Fairyella the Tooth Fairy and Dragonfly Floyd” is available at www.fairyella.com. For each book sold, Kimberli is donating a dollar to the St Jude’s Research Hospital.
For more information, call Kimberli at 925-808-8097 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.