|Emerald Dreams in the News
On April 16, 2005 The Signal, a local Santa Clarita,
California, paper, ran an article on the creation and
publication of the book Emerald Dreams. The following is a
transcript of the article.
Bringing Dreams to Life - in Book Form
A Newhall teacher, along with help from a photo-savvy friend,
published an e-book about a trip to the 'Emerald Isle.'
By Michael R.Farkash
Signal Staff Writer
A trip to an enchanted land led to a dream project that fulfilled the wishes of
a Newhall teacher and a Long Beach photographer who met on the
Emerald Isle to become buddies and co-authors.
Arlene Anderson, a local teacher, and Chris Wylie met in Ireland while on
vacation and were both spellbound by the landscapes and the people they
They took tons of photos. And they exchanged contact information, determined to
keep in touch.
They also did what most people only talk about. They wrote a book together, had
it published, and are now in the process of marketing it.
The book is titled, logically enough, "Emerald Dreams - A Collection of Poetry and
Anderson talked about how lively nightlife was in Dublin.
"Wednesday night was like Saturday night," she said. "There was so much
"It's a very inspiring place," said Anderson.
The teacher said she blossomed with poetry after the trip, and she couldn't stop
writing. "I had never written that much poetry."
"Good poetry makes you think a lot. And that's good for everybody in terms of
And given Anderson's teaching job - of young students - she's got to stay sharp.
She's been teaching at Skyblue Mesa Elementary school for about 7 years.
Wylie also has a job related to schools.
He's a photographer for a studio that specializes in school pictures, yearbooks,
and the like.
Wylie said the trip was very special. "It was my first trip overseas."
The couple stayed in touch via email.
"A week after we got back, he sent me a poem about the trip," Anderson said.
Then they reunited in person.
"We spontaneously brought poems for each other," Anderson said, "We have this
synergistic connection. We both believe there are no coincidences."
With the wealth of photos and poems, Anderson and Wylie decided to publish an
e-book and give it as a Christmas present to family and friends.
"The best part is having a book published with my own personal poetry and photos
in it," Wylie said.
This has led him to want to take more pictures, write more poetry, and travel more,
As a tech wizard, Anderson scanned the pictures and uploaded the whole package
to an Internet publisher.
Then they ran into the challenge of promoting the book.
"When you're self-published, it's not going to go automatically to Barnes and Noble
or Borders," she said.
The couple is going to make a concerted effort to get the book out there.
It is currently on consignment only at Paperback Emporium locally, and on
Anderson's Web site, www.geocities.com/atand/emeralddreams.
Anderson said there's a second book in the works as well, to feature more poetry
and photos of Ireland, as well as other countries.