From the Author
With the help of my mother, who was a constant encourager, urging me to write down my feelings during our topsy-turvy life, I began to get what I had in my head onto paper by learning new words to express myself. I began entering writing contests, and winning them! I didn't tell the judges that it took me longer than others since I had to fight a battle with a Thesaurus and desk dictionary along the way. My fight with language was greatly helped by a few good teachers who were patient and kind. We moved so many times when I was a young girl that I cannot remember their names but I do recall their generous smiles and loving approach to teaching.
As I grew older I got over the fear of not knowing the meaning of a word. I simply asked what it meant when I was among friends. When I was in the company of a more elitist crowd, I would go to the bathroom, write the word down as best as I could phonetically and find the definition later.
Hats are also a big part of my life. They summon creativity and fun. I collect them like Tilda makes them. I started my collection of head art hitting thrift stores during my many cross-country trips with my mother. I wore them when they were not fashionable and will probably wear a Fascinator as an old lady, at the age when I finally get up the gumption to dye my hair blue. Hats to me are expressions of who you are and who you'd like to be. They allow us to show off and hide at the same time. That's why I gave Tilda the most amazing hat, and a powerful reason for how and why she wears it.
Going through the progression [or evolution] of having disdain for words to discovering new ones I adore, and then writing a language-loving character like Tilda, leaves me with a strong faith in creativity and inspiration. I've also acquired a great fondness for the dictionary, letting go of my long-time issue with word searches. I no longer feel bad when I don't know something, I happily learn new things daily. Now it is Tilda Pinkerton who is the warrior for words. It is through her that I express my love of language, my adoration for our mysterious Universe and all of its galaxies, and my belief that we all have a connection to the greatest Light possible at all times.