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ZacK BUSH

experienced. That first step. Peaking behind curtains. The stuff in the book is all of the little moments I didn’t want to forget.” The story celebrates the everyday things that happen with a young child. “None of the things I write about are life-changing in the scheme of life,” says Bush. “But I was a first-time father and these were the moments that seemed so special to me.” Bush says one line from the book is a particular favorite, “’You laughed with delight as you slid at the park and clapped the first time you heard a dog bark,’” he quotes. “Just reading that line, the imagery becomes crystal clear in my mind.”

seeing a dedication in the front of a book,” he says. “I remember thinking it was so cool that the book was written for someone in particular. I always wanted to write a book for someone and dedicate it to them. As a dad, I really wanted to give that to my children. Having a book dedicated to them means nothing to them now, but someday it will. That was one of the driving forces that got me to the finish line with this book.” Bush’s desire to be an author got stashed away for a time as he pursued his career in the nightlife industry. “Life happens,” he says. “Things change and you don’t really think about the things you’re not doing.” When his son was born, Bush felt a wave of emotion like nothing he had ever experienced before. “My heart exploded,” he says. He searched for a children’s book that described the emotions he felt. “I just couldn’t find another book about dads that expressed them. That’s when I decided to write one and try to capture those feelings.” Writing about fatherhood energized Bush. “It brought back a passion I’ve always felt for writing,” he says. “I wanted to try to find the right words that would match the incredible, overwhelming feelings I had.” Made for Me follows a father and the baby who has stolen his heart in the best possible way. “It starts from the day the child is born and takes the reader through some of those moments that new parents have,” says Bush. “Everything in the book is based on a real moment I 36

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Bush says he’s always been someone who experiences feelings very deeply. “Looking back on my life, it’s been both a blessing and a curse to be able to feel things in that way,” he says. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I have a brother who’s three years older than me. He looks at me as an emotional ball of mush, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Gregorio De Lauretis’ illustrations accentuate the differences between the huge, protective father and in sharp contrast, the small, innocent baby he holds so sweetly. “I can’t imagine anyone could’ve done a better job,” says Bush. “I didn’t imagine this hulk of a creature for the father but I love the way the book shows this giant man and this tiny baby and how it seems to highlight the love that exists between them. I think it really helps to bring my words to life.”

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