Constance (Connie) Taylor, Author
I grew up in California. I attended public school in the fall and winter and I loved riding my horse, Daisy, in Napa Valley in the summertime. In the summer of 1963, I took a trip to Alaska and decided to move there. I packed up and moved to Alaska that same year of 1963, just in time to be in Anchorage for the huge 1964 earthquake. What an experience that was!
In 1966, I moved to Cordova, Alaska, a town on the beautiful Prince William Sound. I lived about an hour from town by boat. I learned to crab and salmon fish in Prince William Sound, and I became a commercial fisherman. That means that fishing was my job and the fish I caught were sold so people all over the country could buy yummy Alaskan fish at the grocery store. I fished until 1988.
In 1986, I started a printshop and art gallery on Cordova's water front. I learned how to operate a printing press and how to prepare negatives for printing masters the old-fashioned way: cutting out typed words and images with an Exacto knife and pasting them down to the master sheet with hot wax. Things have changed a lot since then, and I really appreciate that now I am able to create a whole book on a computer screen.
During my later years of fishing, I also began writing newspaper columns about fishing activities that were published in the Cordova Times, the Alaska Fisherman and other newspapers. I also started publishing books and created Fathom Publishing Company. The first books I published were written by Cordovans about life in Cordova. Eventually I moved back to Anchorage, and began publishing legal text books, which are big books with lots of words about the law. Then I published a series of fiction books for grownups and some biographies and short stories.
I started to learn photography in 2013, and really enjoyed taking photos of Alaska and Alaskan animals. In 2017, I was visiting Potter Marsh near Anchorage, and I spotted an arctic tern family. That summer I took photos of the baby arctic tern as he grew up and learned to fly. After I had all these photos, I was looking through them and the story came to me. I started imagining what was happening in the photos. For example, one of the photos is of the baby tern looking at its parent. I got to wondering, "What were the birds thinking as they looked at each other? Maybe the baby wonders why its feathers and colors are different from its mom and dad’s." If the birds could talk, this seemed to me like a question that the baby might ask. So that was the start of the story - thinking of what the baby bird would want to know and learn. I had so much fun writing it. I hope you enjoyed reading it!