Tianna Gawlak is a children's book author in the suburbs of Chicago. Baking for her family inspired her to write When You Dream of Chocolate Cake, the first children's picture book in an upcoming series When You Dream. Available at Barnes & Noble, Barbara's Bookstores, Amazon, and other online retailers. It's also available in Polish, Kiedy Marzysz o Czekoladowym Torcie. Published by Two Blondies Press.
THE INSPIRATION BEHIND WHEN YOU DREAM OF CHOCOLATE CAKE
I’ve been working on my first release for quite some time now and can’t wait for you to read it. This book first started out as a side project for my kids, but soon turned into a fascinating undertaking which I couldn’t stop thinking about.
Baking for my family has always been the way I speak my love language. Since my children were babies, they’ve been in the kitchen with me. My daughter started off in her highchair next to me, then graduated to sitting on the floor with mixing bowls and whisks. As she entered toddler-hood, she was able to stand on a chair at the counter and help measure, mix, and pour. During this stage is when my son was born, and he started his journey even sooner. I would pull his infant swing into the kitchen so he could listen to his sister and I as he dozed off. I’ll never forget the first time we were all in the kitchen like that. I was a very new mom of two-under-two. A toddler at my side and a baby in the swing, we successfully made our first chocolate cake. I can't remember if the cake was any good, but it's a memory I'll have for the rest of my life.