All the stories about Sweet Pea are written by Sweet Pea herself. Once she was created, Sweet Pea began to run the show. The author just follows orders, and narrates the stories. Sweet Pea can be quite bossy.
The creator of Sweet Pea is a Jack-of-all-trades, kind of like Sweet Pea herself. She likes to do a little bit of everything. Her resume resembles Sweet Pea's in Sweet Pea Gets a Job:
"I read a LOT. I cook things, make things, fix things, plant things, write things and figure things OUT."
Note that the part about cleaning things and being industrious is left out. Those qualities come and go as they please. Like Sweet Pea, making a plan and then following through in a logical manner is not part of the author's repertoire. Events just seem to unfold in their own time. Creations come forth and take on a life of their own.
Sweet Pea was conceived in 2012 on a whim while preparing a care package for a friend who had moved to the other side of the country. Her initials included a P, an E and an A, not necessarily in that order. In the process of making a small story book to depict all the items in the package, a little bunny appeared on the paper, and named herself Sweet Pea. This early Sweet Pea lived in a hole by the stream and had a boat named Pea Pod. She didn't yet wear clothes (!) And String Bean was just a picture on the wall. He was there because everybunny needs a good friend.
What really got things off the ground was the summer weather of 2013. It was perfect for tomatoes. The author, who had never had luck with tomatoes, suddenly had a humongous bumper crop coming out her ears. She froze them, canned them, gave them away, and ate them every day. But they still kept coming. So Sweet Pea stepped in to solve the problem and dictated to the author the story Too Many Tomatoes. Each day one page was posted for her (few but well loved) Facebook Friends. And they were wonderful in their encouragement of Sweet Pea. In appreciation, she included the names of each and every reader (that she was aware of) in the pictures. That's why there are so many brand names in the story.
After the final page of Too Many Tomatoes was posted, some of the readers expressed Sweet Pea withdrawal, and missed her. So Sweet Pea's Christmas came along, unfolding like an Advent calender, one page for each day of December. Then, in the icy dead of winter, the author went on a boat journey to destinations South. So Sweet Pea had to go on one also. Sweet Pea's Journey is quite different from the author's boat trip, but somewhat resembles other camping and travel adventures from times gone by. Then that spring the author entered a what-should-i-really-be-doing-to-earn-money phase. Sweet Pea had the very same problem.
Help Wanted: Sweet Pea Gets a Job is a saga of Sweet Pea's employment dilemma.Then there is Sweet Pea Goes on the Rampage which depicts the other side of Sweet (?) Pea's nature. Perhaps we all have hiding inside us a wild creature that awaits the right trigger to come bounding out of its cage. Sweet Pea's T Party is inspired by 2 things: a parable from the Good Book and the generous nature of the author's 2 sisters.
String Bean has his own story to tell in String Bean to the Rescue. Here his laid back unorthodox nature certainly comes in handy. People have wondered...who in the author's life is String Bean? Well, just like Sweet Pea he is a real bunny, but there is some resemblance to someone the author knows. And Sweet Pea's smallest friends? Perhaps the naughty ones are those who's curious nature lends spice to life and make us laugh. And the elusive, helpful ones are the industrious ones who keep the world running smoothly. We need both.
More Sweet Pea adventures await around the bend, including String Bean Strikes Out! and Sweet Pea for President. Stay tuned.