My Boston and Me is a self published work. What does self publishing mean you ask? In a nutshell, it means that we have done all the leg work that a publishing company would normally undertake on behalf of the author. It also gives us a great deal more creative freedom. The development and promotion of this book series has been a labor of love for Amanda and Brian. We are so excited to share these stories with all of you and we hope that you will join us on this journey.
Amanda C. Preston
Amanda is a mother, wife, artist, and entrepreneur. Her daughter Anya is the subject of the My Boston and Me book series and features the real life antics between Anya and her Boston Terrier named Jemma. Amanda lives with her husband, daughter, and Boston Terrier, in the small town of Blackfalds, Alberta. Amanda had a dream of creating a story line centered around her daughter and creating a memory that would last a life time. That dream quickly turned into a beautiful story that has now been brought to life through this book series.
Jessica M. Gibson
Jessica is a Freelance Illustrator born in Michigan. Her digital artwork is primarily aimed towards Children’s Literature but she has done work for magazines and shows interest in character designing as well. She graduated from Wayne County Community College with an Associate of Art Degree in 2016, taking some Fine Art courses during her attendance. Besides some education, she is mostly self-taught as an artist. With pen and tablet by her side (and some coffee), she loves drawing bright and whimsical illustrations, ready to bring cheer to people.
Jessica’s online portfolio can be viewed here: http://jessicamgibson.com
Brian E. Preston
Brian is a father, husband, and entrepreneur. His wife Amanda shared her dream with him of writing a children’s book series and Brian helped to make this a reality. Brian has a formal education in Multimedia Production & Design from Selkirk College in Trail, British Columbia. This background combined with a lot of research allowed Brian to learn the ins and outs of the publishing world and how to successfully arrange this book for print. Brian and Amanda have been married since August 2017 and their beautiful daughter Anya was born on March 1, 2015. Brian is responsible for the book layout, publishing, web site, and promotions.
Brian’s multimedia design business can be viewed here: https://www.bpmediaworks.com
Anya & Jemma
And of course here we have the stars of the show, Anya & Jemma! Amanda and Brian brought Jemma into their family while Amanda was pregnant with Anya. Jemma spent the months leading up to Anya’s arrival by snuggling on mom’s tummy and waiting patiently for her soon to be sister and best friend. Anya was born on March 1, 2015 and it wasn’t long after that before she received her first puppy kisses from Jemma. Ever since then the two have been a comical duo chasing and playing with one another. Their interactions were what inspired Amanda to start this book series. We look forward to sharing many more of their stories with all of you!