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Emma and the Championship Game by Monica Garza

Monica Garza April

By Meredith
Knight

2020 provided the perfect opportunity for
career changes for many people. As life slowed and some of us found ourselves
working from home, it was a great time to look around and reconsider the
direction our lives had taken. When the world reopened, while some returned
to life as usual, a few brave souls seized the opportunity to redirect their
passions. Monica Garza was one of them. 

An 11th generation Texan/Tejana, growing up
in Houston and Sugar Land, Monica followed a path from Clements High School
to Houston Baptist University to the University of Houston. There she
graduated magna cum laude with a BBA in Accounting. She then completed her
Doctor of Jurisprudence at UH Law Center and shortly thereafter, launched a
successful corporate finance career. 

Next came 2020. Monica was working from home
and, without her daily commute, had extra time on her hands.  Having
always dabbled in writing, she was curious to revisit some of the writings
she’d done between undergraduate and law school.  

There she found a story she’d penned loosely
based on her own experience as the only girl on a Little League baseball
team. “I remember writing it in one night and I hadn’t looked at it in
years,” Monica said. “It’s a rhyming book and I thought this could be
something kids might enjoy reading.” Still, she’d be crazy to step away from
a successful corporate career to pursue children’s literature. Wouldn’t
she?

Well, step away she did. After making some
tweaks to the text, Monica began looking for an illustrator. She found Mike
Cañas online and was amazed that his illustrations perfectly matched her
vision for the book.

“I didn’t really tell Mike much, just let him read the book,” Monica said.
“When I saw his preliminary sketches, we were absolutely on the same
page.”

She found an
editor and a formatter and it wasn’t long before Emma and the Championship
Game was a reality. Then, once the book became available online, it began
selling itself. “I looked at my online sales and the book was also selling in
Poland, Germany, and France,” she said. “It’s crazy.” Clearly, Emma’s experience
is resonating with her target audience of six to

ten-year-old children. 

The book is based on Monica’s own experience.
“I was athletic growing up,” she said. “In 1987 when my dad signed up my
brother, Stephen, to play baseball at Braeburn Little League, he came home
and said, “Oh, I signed you up, too.” I played baseball with the neighborhood
kids every day after school and didn’t realize until I got to our first
practice that I’d be the only girl on the team.” Monica soon proved herself
playing first base, batting in the cleanup spot, and playing with the boys
until she was ten. 

What’s next for Monica and Emma? “My brother
and I inherited our grandparent’s ranch in Cuero,” Monica said. “It might be
fun to take Emma to the ranch to see what adventures she’ll face.” I’ve no
doubt her young audience will be waiting to enjoy these adventures with her
as well.


Contact

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