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Meet Cazzy Zahursky of Circle time Books (Escape to Fairy Kingdom) in Encino

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cazzy Zahursky.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Cazzy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
The story behind my story, which is literally a children’s book story, is fueled by my passion for storytelling through various art forms. I have always been right-brain dominant. As a child, I was passionate about drawing, doodling, crafting… creating! In my younger years, I did a lot of creative writing, journalism in school and was a yearbook editor. In college, I decided to exercise the other half of my brain and pursued a degree in biotechnology. My first job was in a lab doing applied science, but I soon found myself returning to the arts, this time the performing arts, employing my skills in films, commercials and on stage for nearly two decades. I have always been a storyteller at heart. Anyone who knows me well, knows I can and will talk their ear off in animated storytelling form, just to paint the whole picture. Close friends and family members have probably heard the following words come out of my mouth, a time or two “I want to write a kids book about…(insert various story ideas). I began to dabble with programs like photoshop, and after several years of self-instruction, developed some expertise, which led to several hired jobs. With the birth of my first daughter, I took a break from acting to be a full-time mother.

Over the years, I started to revisit my love for children’s books with my oldest daughter. There were days we would read 20 books in a day. I began to recognize everyday events in my older daughter’s life as worthy of being the focus of children’s books that would teach valuable life lessons. I began writing personalized books for my daughter and her friends as gifts. Upon the birth of my second daughter, the growing relationship between my two daughters was a very fertile area for the development of new lessons and stories, allowing opportunities to develop new plot lines. It was then that an idea for a book that I felt strongly about came to mind. Once the ball got rolling, it didn’t stop. Two years of witnessing the evolution of little girls’ subculture at birthday parties, which primarily consisted of unicorns, princesses, tea parties, and sweet treats, I was able to create a magical fantasy world that they could relate to, at the same time, teaching them the lesson of respecting others. In those two years, after a lot of story development, sleepless nights, passion, editing, drawing, re-editing, trial and error, endless research, and more re-editing, I finally published my first children’s book, Escape to Fairy Kingdom. I currently have another book in the works and several more on the back burner.

ESCAPE TO FAIRY KINGDOM is a children’s picture book addressing love between sisters, that will take children on a year long magical adventure, encouraging wild creative imaginations time and time again. The story teaches children about empathy and the importance of love and humanity over material things. The story is captivating and relatable which is why it will delight little girls and boys of all ages and the ultimate message of love and family will stay close to their hearts for years to come.

Frustrated and tired of sharing with her little sister June, May escapes to a faraway fairy kingdom from her very own room. The fairies offer her everything she could possibly ask for – sweet treats galore, rainbows, unicorns, adventure and more. But is all of that dreamy stuff really enough?

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road to publishing was not always a smooth one. Preparing a children’s book to be published was a daunting task. The creative process of developing a story was challenging, fulfilling—even addictive. The process is like coming up with an imaginative story idea and then piecing the hundreds of puzzle pieces together to fit within the parameters of a beginning, middle and end. Then there was the obstacle of having to learn all the technicalities of book writing, formatting, industry standards, dimensions, etc. My biggest obstacle was finding the time to do all of this while raising two very young children. When I started writing this book, my youngest was still just an infant. All my inspiration seemed to surface serendipitously, in the wee hours of the morning, which was probably best anyway, since that’s the only free time, (or lack thereof), I really had. Towards the end, I found myself having to redo many illustrations for the sake of formatting and book printing. It felt like every time I took a step forward, I had to take two steps back. There was a lot of trial and error involved.

Please tell us about Circle time Books (Escape to Fairy Kingdom).
Though my business enterprise is still in its early stages, as I’ve only published one book, a second book is in progress and several other ideas are on my drawing board. My aspirations as a children’s book author are to write and illustrate magical children’s books with important life lessons. My hope is that my books will ignite little ones’ imaginations through gentle encouragement.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I have benefited greatly from the encouragement of family and friends throughout this undertaking. That moral support has stoked my ambition and willingness to work really hard toward the successful publication of my first book.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Aside from the weather, some of the things I like best about our wonderful City of Angels, are the diverse cultures, religions, and interests of the people, many of whom were not originally from the city. In addition, there is the beautiful scenery: everything from coastlines, hills, lakes, to the semi-tropical flora, which invites people to lead more healthy lives. There is also an abundance of artistic talent to be shared and appreciated. Many people of diverse artistic backgrounds cross paths.

What I dislike most about our city is traffic, wildfires, traffic, earthquakes and…did I mention traffic?

Pricing:

  • Escape to Fairy Kingdom runs for $14.95

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Image Credit:
Jeff Xander, Dustin Zahursky

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