This week we’re celebrating…

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Be sure to stop by: http://www.VikLit.blogspot.com to see what other people are cheering about!

  •  The book fair Holly and I attended was a big success!: My sister/illustrator, Holly, and I went to a book fair at one of the local schools. We had fun and sold lots of books. We’ve been invited back when we have our new book published. Holly showed them the cover for our new book and everyone loved it. We brought the little crocheted horse, Charlie, that our author friend, Janice Spina made for us. He got compliments as well.
  • No big snowstorm this week: We are excited to have only a dusting of snow this week!
  • By the weekend, the weather should be around 40 degrees: Very happy about this news, as I hate the cold. I’d like to sleep through it like a little bear!
  • Two of my favorite author friends, Sarah Mazor and Yael Rosenberg, celebrated birthdays this week! They write wonderful, entertaining, and educational children’s books. You can find out more about them on: http://www.Mazorbooks.com or http://www.mazorbooks.wordpress.com.
  • Two Interviews: My original interview with host, Don McCauley, on http://www.thechildrensauthorshow.com is being rebroadcast Jan. 31-Feb. 2. If you missed it, you may enjoy finding out more about my childhood and my book, Tails of Sweetbrier. There is also an interview with Amb. Claire Power Murphy, which you can listen to here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/CPMFoundation/(character

Interview on www.thechildrensauthorshow.com

You’re invited to tune in to http://www.thechildrensauthorshow.com today, Jan. 31, through Feb. 2 to listen to my interview with host, Don McCauley about my award-winning true story, Tails of Sweetbrier. I’d love to know what you think.  You can listen any time during those dates. Thanks for listening!

This week we’re celebrating…

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Thank you to VikLit for starting this lovely blog! Everyone should stop by. VikLit.blogspot.com to see what other authors are celebrating this week. Here’s my short list:

  • I’m celebrating all of my online friends, who continue to cheer for the events in my life! I appreciate all of you more than you know. Wishing you all tremendous success in all of your endeavors.
  • My sister and I are going to a book fair on Monday night. We’ve been to this particular school before and we love seeing the teachers and children there. We’re also bringing Charlie, the little crocheted horse from my gifted author friend, Janice Spina. Thank you again, Janice. We love Charlie!
  • I hate the cold weather so I’m celebrating that every day we get closer to spring! )

 

Happy weekend, everyone! Thanks for all you do.

 

If your spirits need a lift, please stop by my new website: http://www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com, where I highlight amazing kids!

 

Interview with Elliott and Wooliam

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Good morning, Elliott and Wooliam, it’s so nice to have you for an interview today. You are important to the story, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes.

“Thank you so much, Deanie. We are quite excited to be joining you today. “We’re almost as happy as when we found out we were going to be in the book! Besides, we heard that Hattie and Charlene already had an interview with you. We never dreamed that our turn was next,” said Wooliam.

“Well, let’s begin our interview.”

  • Wooliam, what did you do before you were featured in Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes?

“That’s an interesting question, Deanie. Actually, I lived on a farm near the one that Charlene the Star lived. I was well-cared for, but I didn’t have a job or anything. I wanted to have my own business and I did that in the story. My friends Hattie, Elliott, Charlene, Lily and Lucky all helped out. We had a great opening day, but I can’t give away too many secrets about what happened. Having my own business was a dream come true for me.

  • Wooliam, did you have a job in the story, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes?

I did, my job was to help a nervous, shy, little  racehorse named Tiger Lily to improve her skills and not be so afraid of everything. We became good friends and I was able to help her quite a bit. I loved helping her do well, even though she had to learn a lot about herself as well.

  • Wooliam, this will be your last question before we speak with Elliott. Did you surprise yourself,as far as your talents?

Actually, I did. I never thought I’d be good at coaching. It just proves you never know what you can do until you try. I thought I would have always been just a cute fuzzy sheep, but I’m more than that now.

  • Elliott, thank  you for being so patient.  Did you have a job in the story?

“Yes, I did. My job was to help build confidence in our clients. I’ll bet you already guessed that was my job because I have an over-sized head. I think people just look at me and think, Elliott must be brimming with confidence. I

suppose some people could have looked at my big head and thought it would have been a full time job to carry it around! But I do love helping others.

 Building self-esteem is really my specialty and I’m so excited about that.

  • Elliott, what do you think kids will remember about Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes? 

I think they’ll realize that it’s a great thing to become a good team and help others. We were bored before we started our business and now we’ve reached our goals. We discovered that we are a good team. We all have different talents, but when we work together, we even surprised ourselves with  what we could accomplish.”

“Thank you so much for this informative interview, Elliott and Wooliam.

“It was our pleasure, Deanie. We look forward to coming back when our next book is published.”

*illustrations by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj


*Need some inspiration? Stop by my new website: http://www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com and read about some amazing kids!

 

Interview with Amazing author, Janice Spina

Adorable book by Janice Spina!

Adorable book by Janice Spina!

 

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“Today i have an extremely talented guest, my author friend, Janice Spina. Good morning, Janice. I’m so pleased you are spending time with me for another interview about your wonderful children’s books, Louey the Lazy Elephant and Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon.”

“I’m excited to be here with you today, Deanie.”

 

  • Tell me a little bit about your first book, Louey The Lazy Elephant:

“As the title states, Louey is a lazy elephant who wakes up one day to find that the herd has moved on without him. He is extremely upset and a little frightened but is determined to find his way to his family and friends. Louey is adorable and so sweet that children will love him.”

  • How did you get the idea for Louey the Lazy Elephant?

“I have always loved elephants and when I was just a child I begged my parents to take me to the zoo to see them. I would watch how the mother elephant cared for her baby and was amazed. The story came to me years later when watching Animal Planet on TV about elephants.

“My husband and I both have a thing about them and have elephant figurines all over the house. Did you know that the elephant with his trunk up means “good luck?”

  • What is the main thing you would like children to remember about Louey’s  story?

“I wrote the story with the idea of teaching children how to think for themselves and why it is important not to be lazy.”

  •  Tell me about your newest book, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon:

“Ricky is an adorable baby raccoon who gets into all kinds of trouble when he ventures out on his own. He learns a valuable lesson.”

  • What would you like children to remember about Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon?

“I think children will read Ricky and come away with the lesson that if you do not listen to your mother you could get in all kinds of trouble. Mother knows best!”

  • I love the color illustrations that your husband, John, does for your books. Can you tell us about the technique he uses?

“John was at first a reluctant illustrator but I convinced him to illustrate Louey and Ricky. He is now illustrating my third book. He uses a combination of crayons, markers (sometimes) and puts all his drawings into Photoshop and enhances them.”

  • Do you have some other projects that will be published soon?

“Yes another children’s book, Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, is being completed with illustrations by John. It will be a little while yet before it is published.”

 I am editing my murder/crime novel, Hunting Mariah, which has been a long standing project for me. I started writing it back in 1995 and it continues to evolve into a completely different story today. I hope to have it completed within a month so I can send it to be published on Smashwords. John illustrated the cover.

A third project is editing two children’s books that I recently wrote so that John can do the illustrations. One is about a polar bear and the other, about a purple lamb.

There is a little story behind the polar bear idea. I met an adorable little five-year-old boy on my vacation in Aruba and I asked him what his favorite animal was and he responded, “polar bear.” I promised him that I would write a book about a polar bear and name it after him, Jesse. Hearing about this story by four-year-old granddaughter, Leah, requested that I write three stories for her. One would be about her favorite stuffed toy, Lamby, her dog, Daisy, and a white rabbit.

I have my work cut out for me. I am just crazy about her! She is so cute. My husband tells me she is a little me (on the bossy side).

Ha ha!

I will let everyone know when these books are published on my website and my blog.

PIA:publishedindieauthors.wordpress.com is a site, founded by Paul G. Day, where I am co-founder, blogger, recruiter, facilitator and editor. I welcome all to come and visit and check out all that PIA has to offer.”

“Another project is copy editing other authors’ books. At present, since I am editing my own books, I’m not taking on too many other authors’ books. If anyone wants to contact me  about copy editing, they can reach me through my website and look under Services there.

  • Where can people purchase your books?

They can go to:

 Websitehttps://jemsbooks.wordpress.com

Blog: https:// jemsbooks.wordpress.com

Create Space: http://createspace.com/4324983 (Louey)

                    http://createspace.com/4424412 (Ricky)

Amazon:http://Amazon.com/0615836534 (Louey)

             http://Amazon.com/0615881076 (Ricky)

My Amazon author page: http://Amazon.com/author/janicespina7

 

  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Becoming an author in my retirement has been a wonderful experience, thereby realizing my life-long dream. I am truly grateful to God for giving me the ability to follow my dream. Writing is what I love to do and will continue until my last days. I am always available to anyone who would like to be on my blog, or just wants to discuss writing and publishing.

I would like to say that getting to know you and so many other wonderful online people has been a joy. I have more friends than I have ever had in my life. It is very enjoyable to blog and reach people all over the world.

I want to thank you for having me on your beautiful blog, and letting me share myself and my books. It has been a sincere pleasure.”

You’re most welcome, Janice. It has been a tremendous pleasure to speak with you. As always, I wish you much success with all of your projects.”