Hi, I am Montserrat and this is my project, my business, and my way to honor my amazing husband George.
George died of colon cancer in May 2019.
During George's battle with cancer, I learned a lot about myself and my family. I learned how to keep my family going while we lived with cancer. I started a blog about my discoveries which I have added to this site. I also started writing a story about a father with cancer because I could not find the right type of book for my 7-year-old.
While George was sick, I looked for a group art therapy program for my girls. I really thought they would benefit from being with some other kids who had sick parents. Unfortunately, despite a lot of searching, I could not find anything.
After George died, I reopened the story I had started and started to think about how I could help others. After a lot of thought and research, I created When a Dragon Comes.
I created this business to meet 2 needs that my family experienced. The first is to publish children's books about cancer, illness, and death. The second is to help fund social services for children who have a sick parent or need grief counseling.
My model is simple - we pay the authors and illustrator a royalty, we cover the bare costs of operation (hello home office and garage!) and the rest of the money earned is donated to organizations that can directly help children dealing with these very difficult situations.
This is my husband, George .
This is my current family and who inspired me to create this business and write our stories.
Rebekah S. Cheresnick is an artist and picture book illustrator with a BA in Fine Arts and Comparative Religion from the UVM. My Dad and the Dragon is her debut picture book. Each page was illustrated in a different outdoor location as she traveled the US in a small, solar-powered camper.
View Rebekah's work at https://rebekahcheresnick.com
Contact R.S. Cheresnick at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Instagram @outoftheartbox