Having grown up in Carlsbad, Megan L. Nelson spent most of her childhood days playing outside in the California sun. When it did rain, however, she still played outdoors.
“I used to play outside in the sun or the rain with my brother all the time,” said Nelson, who attended Santa Fe Christian Schools in Solana Beach.
Inspired by her childhood memories of playing in the rain, Nelson wrote “Mae and Jane in the Rain,” a children’s book about a little girl named Mae who prefers to play in the sunshine.
Whenever it gets cloudy, Mae goes inside. It’s not until she meets Jane, who enjoys playing on days of sunshine and days of gray, that Mae discovers even rainy days can be special.
“It’s simple and sweet,” Nelson said. “I just wanted to encourage kids to get outside and play.”
Published by Tate Publishing, “Mae and Jane in the Rain” is Nelson’s first book.
The rhyming picture book is geared for 3- to 5-year-olds. It promotes playtime and the value of friendship.
“I always liked writing,” Nelson said. “I wanted to write a rhyming story and this came back to my childhood, playing in the rain. Rain was always really special growing up in Carlsbad because it didn’t happen all that much.”
Nelson has wanted to write a book since she was an elementary school student.
After graduating from Santa Fe Christian Schools, Nelson went on to study journalism at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She currently works in real estate.
“I went for it,” Nelson said about publishing her first book. “I never wanted to be that person that looked back and didn’t go after my dreams.”
Written while Nelson was in college, “Mae and Jane in the Rain” was released at the end of August. The book is available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.
Nelson has already written her second book, “The Perfect Petal Set.” Expected to be released early 2017, the children’s book is currently in illustration.
“It’s still kind of surreal,” Nelson said. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. Now it’s all happening.”