About the Author
Maria Illias was born and raised in Ukraine. When she was 21 years old she moved to the USA and lived in Florida for 6 years, before moving to North Carolina. At the age of 27, she decided to write her first children’s book “The Cycle of Sharing”. As the new author, Maria is inspired to create more magical stories with a meaningful filling.
From the Author
When I was a child I always imagined that all my toys were living creatures. It gave my imagination plenty of fun fairy tales to develop. When I grew up, I still treated every toy as something very important, giving some of them away as gifts, and trying to avoid leaving them forgotten in my attic.
This tale of a blue bicycle is inspired by true events. When my husband bought himself a bike, he was so excited to ride it. Shortly after that, he got extremely busy at work. Then Florida heat kicked in and his bike became a permanent resident of our storage room and, soon, a victim of rust.
Since his old toy wasn’t suitable for use anymore, my husband started talking about getting another bicycle. So, it was the moment for my speech on how even the previous bike did not get to serve its purpose. I painted quite a picture of a bicycle’s sad existence in a dark storage room, and how it could have had another life with someone who really needed it.
My husband listened to my speech and smiled. He told me then that I should write a story about it and express my point to other people. That is how the idea for this book was born. But I did not have a clear vision on how it would be told.
Three years later, I was on the path to changing my career. I have always been a dreamer, trying to write since I was a little kid. That was the time to remember my little passion of storytelling and try to finally make something out of it.
For days I was debating with myself on what I would be writing about. Suddenly, the tale of an abandoned bicycle popped up in my memory. The details were not there, but I was willing to create them this time. My husband and I started talking about the concept of the book and, all of a sudden, piece by piece, I had the full picture.
That is how The Cycle of Sharing came to life. The idea was loud and clear. I couldn’t be happier about having a chance to create my characters, compose my story and, also, have it all wrapped in a very important message. Each and every one of us needs to be cautious about how we consume things and how we dispose of them. There is always a way to do it right and to think about our friends and our planet.
This kind and engaging story is also a good reminder of how important a simple day outside can be. In a world where most of us are preoccupied with modern technology, sometimes, the ray of sunshine or the singing of the bird in a park can be just what we really need.