Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Elisabeth writes a children's book!

One of my sweetest, kindest, most caring clients ever is Elisabeth Hurley! (like the actress but much nicer;) I know personally that she nurtures people, when one of her friends is not feeling well or not up to par, Elisabeth has been known to cook meals non stop for them, call them at their weakest hour to make sure they know someone is still there and just be a constant for them no matter what. She is what a true friend is. She doesn't judge, she is conscious of every living thing, she is how everyone should be!

So my friend Elisabeth has always made up little stories about nature and her lifelong dream has been to make a little book. So what did she do? Well she followed that dream, she wrote that little book, she found an illustrator and put it all together and (like Emeril says...) BAM! Here it is! Digging spring!

I love the cover of the book, it reminds me so much of my see Elisabeth is German, like my Mother, I tend to love all things German, as it was a huge part of my childhood. The cover of this book looks like a little taste of German..I can't wait to bite into it!!

The book can be purchased at Creekside Bookstore and you can also see it at Bijou if you come in!

Here is the press release that was written about her!

The magical emergence of spring is delightfully written and illustrated in Digging Spring, a picture book from the author/illustrator team of Elisabeth Hurley of Skaneateles and Erin Sherman of Weedsport, New York. Little Ann is saddened by the lack of time her mother has to spend with her until she discovers the wonders of springtime in her own backyard, making new friends including Grandmother Earth. The team is particularly delighted with the response the book has received so far. Young children adore it, adults applaud it for its “clarity and beauty of language” and for its “fantastic illustrations.” A nine-year old reader said “I love that book“, and a fourteen-year old called it “a wonderful story of spring coming to life.

About the Author
Elisabeth Hurley was born and raised in Germany. She graduated from Fordham University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature and a Master of Science degree in Education. For an independent study she received special honors. She held administrative positions in for profit and not for profit organizations, requiring extensive technical writing. A passionate reader with a love for the written word, she has collected children’s books from different time periods. For personal pleasure she read to New York City neighborhood children and wrote a historic exploration of the Hudson Highlands and a detailed travel log about an archaeological excavation she participated in.

By writing a book for children, the author fulfilled a long-time dream. Her recent retirement gave her the free time to let her imagination take full reign. Picturing her granddaughter and niece, both of kindergarten age, helped immensely. Yet, Elisabeth’s own love of nature was the start and focus of the story.

About the illustrator
Erin (Bellamy) Sherman followed her education in the Skaneateles school system and junior college degree in Studio Art & Design with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology, with additional studies in Graphic Design, also from RIT. She uses her combined skills for the creation of unique and rewarding designs for area businesses. Her website is

Erin’s great desire is in creating illustrations for children’s books. For this reason she was delighted to illustrate Digging Spring, a story she was attracted to for its “creative imagination of spring in the mind of a child, and for the redemptive quality in its conclusion.” This talented artist enjoys presenting her work to children in elementary schools and to art students at her first alma mater, Cayuga Community College, where she was given the special honor of being chosen Visiting Artist for a number of years.

Digging Spring can be purchased at Creekside Books and Coffee in Skaneateles. It is also available on