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Mymcbooks interview Author Jenny Lee Sulpizio


Jenny Lee Sulpizio, M.S., is a wife, business owner, and mother of three fabulous kiddos residing in the beautiful state ofIdaho. In her free time (*enter audible laughing*), she enjoys writing about anything and everything under the sun, but especially loves to instruct, motivate, and guide other moms with practical advice, tips and a whole lot of comic relief in the process.

Jenny has authored two children’s picture books (Mommy Whispers, 2010 and There’s Just Something About a Boy, 2011), and has several Women’s Non-fiction WIP’s in her arsenal. To find out more about Jenny or to follow her blog, visit www.jennysulpizio.com

Author of  There’s Something About a Boy

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What is the last book you read? I am currently reading “Crazy Love,” by Francis Chan and loving it. With three young kiddos in the house, finding the time to read (and actually comprehend what is taking place  in the book), is hard to do. 

What was your favorite children’s book? “The Giving Tree,” by Shel Silverstein

What were your earliest memories of writing? I have always loved writing and enjoyed the creative process behind it. No matter what the topic may be, I think it’s an amazing way to creatively express one’s self.

Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural? I think a little of both. :)

Are you working on a new book? Always…

What inspired you to write There’s just Something About A Boy? After writing and releasing “Mommy Whispers,” for my daughter last year, I thought it only fair to express my feelings for my two young boys as well.  

What is the most difficult part of writing? Revisions.

What do you do when you’re not writing or promoting your books? I am slightly compulsive about event planning and love to orchestrate new events at my church for all to learn from and enjoy.  

How do you react to a bad review and have you ever suffered from writer’s block? Yes and yes. Bad reviews and rejection are just part of this whole crazy adventure. If anything, you realize that not everyone is going to love your work. Rather than focus on those negative thoughts, I love to relish the reviews where my work has truly blessed another.

Who are some of your favorite authors you would love to dine with? Jesus.

What author inspires you the most and why? See above. Enough said. :)

What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.? I am a “pantser,” which means I am not a disciplined writer. As much as I would love to be, most of my ideas are spontaneous and I just have to roll with it. 

 What do you hope that readers will take away from your book? The message of how much they are loved and adored by their mother (and father), forever, for always, and unconditionally.

What advice you would give to new writers? Just keep writing, creating, researching, and learning. Let rejection motivate you to write even more.

Thank you for this interview.

 

January 24, 2012 Posted by | Meet the Author | , , , , , | 18 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Poodle & Doodle. Ends Feb 11th


Poodle & Doodle by Donna J. Shepherd and illustrated by Jack Foster.

About the Book: Angel, a twelve-pound prissy poodle, is none too happy when Leah brings home Scruffy, a seventy-five pound clumsy Labradoodle. Why ever would Leah want another pet when she had the perfect dog already?

My Review: Angel couldn’t understand why Leah would bring home another dog. Her question was, “I’m a fancy poodle pup. Am I not dog enough?” She just could not understand why Leah needed a dog like Scruffy that gobble down his dinner while she takes small bites, or drink out of the toilet or roll around like a mutt in wet and weedy grass; this dog shows no doggie class at all (funny). But she discovers that there may be a reason for keeping him around after all.

Some children find it hard to accept change for example; they can feel overshadowed by a new friend or a new baby. But the lesson in this book is about friendship and how to adapt to change.

Whether you love dogs or not Poodle and Doodle is a cute story that children and adults will find funny. The beautiful illustration done by Jack Foster helps bring the book to life with its bright and bold colors. I highly recommend this book for you children home library and for classroom teaching.

Pages: 20

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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January 22, 2012 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

Interview with Author Donna J. Shepherd.


Donna J. Shepherd looks at everyday life and finds God’s fingerprints everywhere. A columnist for The Dabbling Mum and NABBW, her articles and poetry have been published in Reminisce Extra, Just Between Us, Guideposts for Kids, Wee Ones, and more. Her devotionals and stories appear in Daily Grace for Women (Honor Books), Anytime Prayers for Everyday Moms (Warner Books), and The Best Grandma in the World (Howard Books) to name a few.

For the past seventeen years, Donna’s husband has pastored an Assemblies of God church in Ohio. Donna is pursuing a Theology degree. She’s the Women’s Ministries President, Adult Bible Class Teacher, pianist, singer, and speaker.  

Donna is the founder of Greater Harvest Workshops and Middletown Area Christian Writers and in demand as a Bible teacher, conference speaker, and singer. To read more about the author click link http://donnajshepherd.com/aboutus.aspx

Donna Shephard author of Poodle & Doodle.

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Thank you for asking me!

What is the last book you read?

I’m reading “The Exceptional Life” by Stephen Arterburn and John Shore. Evidently, the dawn of 2012 sparked a renewed interest in improving myself.

What were your earliest memories of writing?

I can always remember reading, but not writing until high school. I began to fill notebooks with poetry about teenage angst. I even dared to show one poem to a couple of friends. They began to cry, and I realized how deeply writing can touch others. Then I got busy with singing, work, marriage, kids, and didn’t write again until the children were grown. I’m constantly encouraging writers – especially moms – to make time for writing. I regret not jotting down all the wonderful and funny things my children said and did. I have a good memory, but there’s nothing like writing in the moment.

Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural?

My high school English teacher encouraged me. I did compose a few songs in my twenties, but didn’t get back to writing until 2003. Once I started writing, it seemed as if a dam had burst, and I couldn’t stop. I’m blessed with supportive family and friends, who kept encouraging me – especially after I got a couple of rejections.

What was your favorite children’s book?

I don’t remember Mom reading to me that much when I was little. I am the eldest of five children, all born within ten years. That might explain it!

I do remember reading anything and everything I could get my hands on once I learned to read. I think I read all the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books the library had (yes, the original ones!).

What inspired you to write ‘Poodle and Doodle?’

I set up a home studio and started by providing voiceover for book trailers, and I’m now recording  audio books. It has been an interesting and fun way to use my voice.

Who are some of your favorite authors you would love to dine with?

I would love to have dinner with Max Lucado. He is such a prolific writer, speaker, minister, and missionary. He wears many hats. I’d love to hear how he manages to do it all and do it so well. Many times, he works with co-authors, which is something I’ve yet to do, but I’m open to that possibility.

What author inspires you the most and why?

For my children’s writing, I’d say Shel Silverstein. When my son came home from school with a Shel Silverstein book, I read it with him, and we laughed and had such fun. I think it made an impression on him as well, because now he buys ME Shel Silverstein books. I love Silverstein’s sense of humor and wordplay. I may never be a ‘Shel’ but I have the same fun as I write for children.

How do you react to a bad review and have you ever suffered from writer’s block?

So far, I’ve been blessed with good reviews. One reviewer thought my rhythm was slightly off in one of my books, and that bothered me. I work for hours – no, make that days, and sometimes months, on my poetry. I analyze the story, the characters, each line, and then each word. But the reviewer still gave the book a positive review overall, so I couldn’t complain.

I’ve never suffered from writer’s block yet. Quite the contrary!

What do you hope that readers will take away from your book?

It thrills me when someone writes to me about how her children want my books read to them over and over. That’s a child’s greatest compliment. I received the most precious picture from a grandfather. His granddaughter dressed up like the little girl in “Poodle and Doodle.” She had two of her stuffed dogs at the table and was serving them tea.

I’m extremely blessed when I receive emails from readers inspired and encouraged by the devotions and articles.

What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?

A writing friend, Mayra Calvani, emailed to ask if I’d like to be interviewed on her blog  “Pets and Their Authors.” But she didn’t really want me to answer. She wanted to interview my dog! Mayra thought the answers were funny and asked why I hadn’t written about Sadie’s antics. I thought, “Why haven’t I?” and started writing. The book is written from my poodle’s point of view. I also write from Angel’s perspective on a blog called “Oodles of Fun.” I have coloring pages, videos, and fun stories.

Are you working on a new book?

The next book to be released is “Ava’s Secret Tea Party.” It is my first strictly ‘girly’ book and I’m having a delightful time setting up a blog with tea party recipes and decorations. The book has recipes and crafts included.

Another book, “Miss Emma Ant” is with the illustrator now about an ant that’s the lead architect for her colony and decides to quit her job. The underlying theme is we all (even ants!) have unique talents and as we work together, we can accomplish great things. I’ve written nonfiction for ‘grownups’ for several years, but now I’m venturing into fiction with a novelette called “Love Under the Bubble Wrap.”

What is the most difficult part of writing?

Finding time, of course, but my personal struggle is finding a singular focus. That’s one thing I have to say I’m lacking. I take multi-tasking seriously.

Tell us a little about Devotionals for Children.

My slogan for the Topsy Turvy Time site is “Life without Christ is Topsy Turvy.” There are so many things about God’s way that seem upside down and backward! God says when you give, you get. He says when you’re humble, He’ll lift you up. When Jesus came, He came as a servant, yet He’s our King. Because I had written a children’s book about a topsy-turvy land and I love to write devotions, it seemed natural to write devotions for children about God’s wonderful and unique way of loving us.

What do you do when you’re not writing or promoting your books?

I like to sing and speak for women’s meetings and conferences. I teach an adult class and play the piano at the church where my husband and I pastor.

My Google calendar comes in handy to keep me on track. I write self-imposed deadlines on it, and have reminders sent to my inbox. I write or market every day except Sunday. I’ve found that if I have a chunk of time, I can write several blog posts and schedule them to be published. I love that feature from Blogger.

What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read?

When my children were little, we went to the library and checked out as many books as we could. Many times my kids surprised me with their choices. I read poetry, fiction, nonfiction, funny, quirky, and serious books. I mixed in books suggested for a slightly older age group to challenge my children. Now with the e-readers and growing supply of eBooks, parents have an endless supply of new material along with the classics.

What advice you would give to new writers?

In 2003, I sent in my first submission. Within a week, I met a woman who ran a group for writers online. When she found out I had just stepped my toe into the writing waters, she informed me that I should be prepared for a lot of rejection and disappointment. Thank God, that first submission was accepted. I think He knew I needed that push. I could have easily decided writing wasn’t worth trying had I adopted that same negative attitude. If you are passionate about your writing, you won’t let the naysayers or even a stack of rejections discourage you.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

Write every day. Write about anything and everything. Soon, your unique voice will emerge. No one else in the entire world writes from your perspective. After you write, join a critique group. And then – submit. If you’re rejected, submit again!

I pray for inspiration. God is the Ultimate Creator and I believe we follow His leading when we are creative.

And I hope you’ll come visit Topsy Turvy Land soon!

http://www.topsyturvyland.com

Thank you for this interview.

Thank you for taking time to interview me. I enjoyed it, and hope something I’ve written will help and encourage your readers.

 

January 22, 2012 Posted by | Meet the Author | , , , , , | 22 Comments

In My Mailbox #33


In my mailbox this week.

 

Riding to Washington by Gwenyth Swain

 

B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet by Patricia Bauer

 

S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet

 

They Stood Alone! 25 Men and Women Who Made A Difference by Sandra McLeod Humphrey

 

In My Mailbox was started in November of 2008 by The Story Siren. This is a great way to feature Author’s books even though it might not be in the form of a review. In My Mailbox is a great way for bloggers to socialize and network their blogs, it’s also a great way for bloggers to share upcoming releases!

Anyone can participate in IMM and you are not limited to only sharing books that arrive via your mailbox. You can also share books that you’ve bought or books that you’ve gotten at the library.

January 21, 2012 Posted by | In My Mailbox | , , , , | 3 Comments

Time to Teach Your Child Spanish Giveaway: Ends Jan 31st


 
 
Maya & Miguel: Mi hermano gemelo / Mi hermana gemela: My Twin Brother/my Twin Sister
 
 
 
Un Tigre Dientes De Sable En El Ocaso (Sunset Of The Sabretooth)
 
 

Viaje de Jenny, El (Spanish)

 

Dear Peter Rabbit: Querido Pedrin

 

Clifford’s Thanksgiving: Clifford Y El Dia de Accion de Gracias

 

 

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January 19, 2012 Posted by | Free Giveaways | , , , , | 19 Comments

Book Review: Real Bible Stories of God’s Princesses: Princess Stories


 

Real Bible Stories of God’s Princesses – Princess Stories by Carolyn Larsen

About the Book: Little princesses will love reading about the women of the Bible. They will learn about the loyalty of Ruth, the wisdom of Deborah, and the courage of Esther . . . and so much more.

Most important, girls will discover that they, too, are princesses—daughters of the King. As they look into these stories, they’ll learn to love God and to follow his Word.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the most special princess of all?
You, special princess, are the daughter of the King.
You’re more precious to him than any other thing!

Open this book and help your daughter find value and purpose in living as God’s little princess!

My Review: I loved reading the Princess Stories. Children love to dress up like the Disney Princess in the movies and wishing to be a princess. There is a great introduction to this book, “Have you ever wished you were a princess? The bible already tells us that we are God’s little princess.

This book has a collection of 29 women in the Bible from the Old Testament to the New Testaments that are loyal, faithful, bravest, and kindest and many more. It follows the story of the princesses, from Eve to Rahab, from Deborah to Esther and from Anna to you, and the last chapter is all about you. You don’t have to be daring like Esther or wise like Ruth for God has chosen you and made you special, just the way you are. It gives a summary of each of the women in the bible and their character traits.

Each story starts with a princess and a scripture.  

Eve the First Princess

Genesis1:26 – 2:25

And a rhyming verse.

“Mirror, mirror on the wall,

Who was the very first princess of all?

A long time ago, before your birth,

Eve was the very first woman on earth.”

These are great lessons for kids 4 -8 years to learn the stories of women of the bible and how to apply scripture to their own lives. It is great to know that we are all God’s daughters and so that makes us his special Princesses.

 Ages: 4 and up

Pages: 128

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Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from Tyndale House Publishers. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

 

January 19, 2012 Posted by | Book Review | , , | 5 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Princess Reborn Chapter 1. Ends Jan 31st


About the Book: Lari’s puzzled. What’s Mom’s secret? And could it have anything to do with Lari’s, secret? Lari’s family will never be the same again when an unspeakable evil is unleashed on the world. A dark nemesis from mom’s phantom past, bent on ruling and revenge. The world will stand helpless against it. The time for heroes has come again. One must be born, though she has no idea who she is. And the other must, against all odds, be REBORN.

My Review:This is a graphic novel for comic book fans, teens and young adults. I really don’t review comic books but decided to give this one a try. This comic novel is full of actions, drama and suspense.  Lari knows that there is something different about her mother that she seems to keep a secret but why, has it anything to do with her secret? A story about super powers, werewolf and villains, time to save the world!  

Princess Reborn Chapter 2 in stores now.

Pages: 52

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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January 18, 2012 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , | 2 Comments

Interview with Author Lee Tidball.


About the Author: I’m a screenwriter and author who specializes in creating exciting, edgy, family entertainment. My day job is teaching 6th graders. When I began, teaching was the last thing I wanted to do, but I quickly discovered that it not only was very personally fulfilling, but it also gave me a unique perspective on the family audience, kids, middle-grade literature, and what works and doesn’t work in family entertainment. After self-publishing two middle-grade/young adult novels (WINDFORK SECRETS, 1998; HIDDEN TALENTS, 2000) that became very popular at my school library (despite no marketing efforts…and no assignments), I began writing screenplays to bring my stories to a more broad, family audience. Two of my scripts, PRINCESS REBORN (based on characters from HIDDEN TALENTS), and SANDI CLAUS (aka Twas the Night Before the Night Before Christmas) have received many Top Ten and Finalist honors in numerous screenwriting contests, most recently winning The Movie Deal 2008 (family category) and Top Ten (family film) in PAGE International Screenwriting Awards 2009. PRINCESS REBORN was also optioned by The Matt Chapman Company LLC.

I also have published PRINCESS REBORN – CHAPTER ONE and TWO, a graphic novel version of my screenplay, which received Honorable Mention recognition in Writers’ Digest Magazine’s 15th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards (middle-grade/young adult category).

I continue to teach, write, and market my works with the ultimate goal of becoming a full-time writer and creator of produced film and/or TV projects and mainstream-published novels/graphic novels for the family/young adult audience. I would also enjoy partnering with others or helping others on a consultant basis who share my passion for quality, edgy family entertainment.

I am currently represented by Agent JoAnn Carol of the Monteiro Rose Dravis Agency in Hollywood. http://www.leetidball.com

 

 Lee Tidball author of Princess Reborn Chapter 1 & 2

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What is the last book you read?

I just finished The Bridge to Neverland.  It’s the fifth book in Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s Peter and the Starcatchers series, an origin story about Peter Pan.  It gets lots of stars from me!  Next up is Rick Riordan’s The Son of Neptune, second in his new “Heroes of Olympus” series.  I’m also currently reading Shannan Sinclair’s soon-to-be-published ebook Dream Walker, one of the most fascinating adult sci-fi thrillers I’ve read in ages.

What were your earliest memories of writing?

 I began composing stories sometime back in, like 4th or 5th grade.  I loved military history and stuffed animals, so I’d make up worlds for mine and my sister’s stuffed animals and write about their military campaigns; complete with battle maps!  What a kick, huh? 

What was your favorite teen book?

When I was a teenager, books about rebellion and teen angst and such were all the rage.  Not for me, though.  Spurred on by the Classics Illustrated comic book series (perhaps the world’s first graphic novels), I read stuff like Howard Pyle’s Men of Iron and Mary Shelley’s stunning classic Frankenstein (unbelievable that she wrote the first draft of that when she was just 18).  I also read the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy and loved it.

Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural?

Writing has always come natural to me, but I also was encouraged to pursue it, both from my mother and from various teachers along the way, and later, knowledgeable friends.

What inspired you to write Princess Reborn and why in comic format?

I actually spend most of my time writing screenplays that I market in Hollywood.  PR came about when I read on a trade website a call from a producer for a script about a middle-aged superhero with kids.  I thought it sounded like a wonderful concept.  I had previously written a book called Hidden Talent’s; Ginah’s Journal’s, Journal #2 about a 7th grade girl named Ginah who discovers she has super-powers that came from her estranged father, an alien king on a faraway planet.  So I created the outline for a whole saga of Ginah’s life, and Princess Reborn is the part of that saga when Ginah, now 40-ish and a rusty, retired ex-superhero living a very normal life, has her own kids, one of whom is now secretly experiencing exactly the same thing as she, Ginah, experienced when she was in 7th grade.  I subsequently sent a query to that producer when the script was finished and he said it sounded great!…except he was looking for a MALE superhero!  Ooops!

I had the Princess Reborn script made into a graphic novel because, despite all the awards it’s won and exposure it’s gotten and how much my agent’s sent it around, it’s still not found a home in Hollywood and I wanted my audience (kids) to be able to read my story.  Movie scripts are very easy to translate into comic books scripts, and artists provide wonderful visuals just like a movie does, but it doesn’t require a Hollywood producer to spend millions to do it; just a willing publisher, which I was so fortunate to find in Robert Simon at Zeta Comics.  

What is the most difficult part of writing?

For every writer, it’s different, but for me, there’s a couple things.  First of all, coming up with a great concept that is fresh and exciting enough to capture my audience, but familiar enough that they can relate to it and not just brand it as “too weird” or something.  And the other is constantly wanting to be “perfect” and not allowing myself to just write something and worry about making changes in the rewrite process.  The story will need to be rewritten anyway, and I’m very good at that, so it’s most important for me to just get the first draft done, yet I continually shipwreck myself with trying to be perfect the first time through.

You are a Grade 6th teacher; tell us about the Movie Club you created.

Actually, I WAS a 6th grade teacher until just this school year, when I retired so that I could devote all my professional energy to writing.  I miss teaching very much, especially just being with students, but being a successful writer has been a dream of mine since I was a kid, but it was never going to have a fighting chance of ever becoming a reality if I continued to do it as a sub-career to teaching.  There simply isn’t enough time and energy to do both, at least not the way I did teaching. 

The Movie Club was a wonderful experience I had with an extraordinary group of students back in 2009.  Most were in my school class, and we’d get together after school to watch movie clips and learn about how books became movies.  The kids would also have time to talk about movies and what they thought made them good, or more importantly, not good, so I could use that info to inform other screenwriters and help create better entertainment for kids.  Ironically, Hollywood almost never actually asks such questions of their audience.  When I asked one of myHollywoodmentors “Just how do producers decide what kinds of movies to make for kids and families?” they sat dumbfounded for a second and finally said, “I think they just guess.”  Weird, but all too true, I’m afraid.

Unfortunately, in subsequent years, I didn’t have a similarly interested group, so at this time, while my website is still named Mr. T’s Movie Club, there is no actual, physical movie club anymore.  Hopefully in the future, there will be a “virtual” Movie Club, but I’ll need a bigger fan base before launching anything like that. 

What do you do when you’re not writing or promoting your book?

A number of things.  I’m a real fitness nut, so five days a week you can find me either in the gym working out or out on my road bike putting in my miles at some time or other.  I just recently turned over 10,000 miles on my current bike’s odometer (yay!).  I LOVE movies and watch at least one in the theater each weekend.  Those that would interest kids and families I write little mini-reviews for on my website so parents and kids can get a “from the audience” point of view of what the movie is like and make decisions about whether it’s worth going to or renting or whatever.  I still go back to my school and do volunteer work each week, and am around after school writing just in case former students drop by.  The school is the one place that they always know they can find me if they want or need.  I also love sports, having coached both runners and girls’ soccer for years, and so I go to students’ games if possible, and this year I’m actually coaching a runner again, a student from my school who shows much promise both in her talent and her personal discipline and determination.  

How do you react to a bad review and have you ever suffered from writer’s block?

Being a screenwriter, I’ve had so many “bad reviews” of my work (in the form of rejections) that it almost doesn’t faze me at all.  Writing is like any art—what people like is completely subjective, and one person’s masterpiece can just as easily be another person’s piece of trash.  It’s all part of the biz.  I understand this, and try not to take things personal, realize that others feel completely different, and just move on.  That said, it’s always going to hurt some, though, so at those times, I turn to friends and fans and get pumped back up again J.     

What do you hope that readers will take away from your book?

Though in all of my stories I try to infuse themes and good lessons for my readers to “learn” from them, I more than anything hope that my readers will just be able to escape for a while into another world through my books; someplace that’s more exciting, fun, terrifying, adventurous, or whatever than their usual existence, and ultimately derive not only enjoyment, but inspiration from them to go out and live their own life with a little more excitement or fun or adventure or passion than they may have before they read my story.  If that happens, I’ve served them well, and that’s very important to me.

Who are some of your favorite authors you would love to dine with?

Hmm…  Let’s see…  Around this dinner table would have to be JK Rowling, who I’d ask what it was like writing all those books BEFORE they became such a phenomenon—what was she feeling when she didn’t even know if anyone would even read them, much less publish them.  Then there would be Rick Riordan, who I’d have a wonderful time discussing mythology with as well as the downside of having your book made into a movie.  Avi I’d love to meet and talk about where he got so many diverse ideas, especially for Charlotte Doyle.  I’d like to talk with Gordon Korman, Jude Watson, Peter Lerangis, Margaret Peterson Haddix and Riordan about what it was like doing the 39 Clues series, and finally to Natalie Babbit about how in the world she created a serious story like The Search for Delicious out of something that starts out so silly, and turned a simple little story about a ten year-old girl and a strange family into something as profound as Tuck Everlasting.  That’s for the first dinner J.

What author inspires you the most and why?

I think Jo Rowling has to be the most inspiring to me, simply because her process was so much like mine is; toiling away in coffeeshops (for me, it’s bookstores) or at a home desk, living day-to-day, juggling writing with all the other demands of job and life, not ever knowing if anything would ever become of her work, yet continuing to persevere, refusing to give up, and somehow keeping her dream alive, and her pen to the paper, until the big breaks finally came and it all became worth it.  The only way a writer with talent can guarantee that they’ll fail is if they quit.  Thank God she never did, despite all the early adversities.  Think what we’d all have missed if she had!  Write on, JK!!  And I will too!

What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?

Some of this is imposed on me by others; my publisher, my agent, a producer, etc.  My agent told me last summer that it would really help her if she had an actual script to give to a producer who was interested in a treatment I’d written, so I cranked that one out in four weeks; very, very intense work, writing 3-6 hours a day virtually every day, etc.  At other times, working on a new project, etc., things are much more relaxed.  I do, however, try to spend at least 3-6 hours a day accomplishing actual writing and/or marketing work for four-five days a week; working on a project, doing an outline, researching marketing outlets, keeping my website and/or Facebook page up to date, networking with other writers or my agent, a producer, etc., writing this interview J.  I also count reading good books and going to movies as a more indirect form of work, but that’s beside the more structured hours.  Usually the morning is entirely devoted to writing, then a break for lunch and heading to school, more work there, then doing other stuff like my fitness workouts, etc. before heading home for dinner and some relaxation.  

What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read?

Hear me loud and clear, parents!  Your child’s TEACHER is by far the best resource for what’s good and not so good for them to be reading.  Also the school librarian.  Get with these people before you go out spending money.  You and your kids will be glad! 

Book reviews on bookstore websites might also be good (gives good audience reaction at least), and special websites dedicated to kids’ books or certain audiences are also becoming good sources of info. 

I used to trust book awards a lot, but lately book awards have become a lot like the movie Academy Awards; artists awarding other artists for their art, without much regard to whether an audience (or a reader) might actually LIKE THE BOOK! 

Teachers and school or children’s librarians, as well as savvy website bloggers, can not only tell you what books might be good for your child to read, but also which ones they’d actually want to read that would be good for them, and that’s the whole trick.  They may also be able to give you inside info on the content of super-popular books and series that might also be controversial or may have “edgy” material that kids get fascinated with, but parents aren’t so sure about (think vampires, teen horror, romance, very graphic graphic novels, anime, etc.).

What advice you would give to new writers?

First of all, when deciding what story you’d like to write, think about what stories OTHERS would spend time and money reading, not just you.  Make sure your concept, whether fiction or non-fiction, is something that will fascinate and/or inform whatever your target audience is, preferably in some unique way.  Writing, above all, is about serving an audience, not just self-expression.  If all you care about is self-expression, start a blog or a journal or memoir or something. 

Second, don’t just dream, but get busy DOING the work.  In other words, WRITE!!  Every day if possible.  Don’t be afraid! 

Third, seek out a mentor or a support group to teach and guide you, get some good objective feedback from them, and LISTEN to them.  Your family members or best friends, no matter how well-meaning, are almost NEVER a source for good, objective feedback.  Local writers’ groups are much better, and there are also professionals who will help for a reasonable price.

Finally, persevere.  In other words, DON’T QUIT!    

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

Yes!  Princess Reborn is a very unique entertainment experience.  Despite the “princess” title, neither Ginah nor her daughter Lari are anything like your average Disney princess (aside from being girls).  And just because girls are the heroes here doesn’t mean that there’s no guys in the story, or that they’re all wimps.  There’s plenty for guys in this as well; action, adventure, a monster or two, aliens, etc., and even stuff for parents, too.  The adults in the story aren’t morons or caricatures, they’re important characters who act like real adults and struggle with adult issues.  It’s a comic book with wonderful artwork, yet also a seriously fun adventure story for just about anyone in the family.  And don’t worry about the cliff-hanger ending.  PR Chapter Two will be released before the end of 2011, and Chapter Three early in 2012.

I love fans, and if you wish to keep up with me and my writing world, check out my website at www.leetidball.com.  You especially might like my movie review sidebar right on the Welcome page, where you can find out my take on all the latest kid/family-related stuff in theaters, usually by the end of each movie’s opening weekend.  You can also “friend” me on Facebook or Twitter (just search my name) or check in on the Princess Reborn Facebook page as well.

Thank you for this interview.

And thanks so much for your interest and enjoy my story!  

 

January 18, 2012 Posted by | Meet the Author | , , , , , | 4 Comments

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#56 – Melissa is the Winner of The 2nd Annual Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop

#4 – domestic diva is the Winner of The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, JR

 

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January 18, 2012 Posted by | Giveaway Winners | , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Where Does My Dadda Go? Ends Jan 29th


 

Where Does My Dadda Go? By Lara Kimbrell

About the Book: In Where Does My Dadda Go? A baby struggles to understand why his Dadda has to leave home to go to a mysterious place called work. See the grownup world of work through the innocent eyes of a child. More importantly, experience the love between father and child.

My Review: Do you have to constantly explain to your child where daddy goes to in the morning? This book explains why dadda doesn’t have much time to spend playing in the morning as he has to leave early for work. He learns that dadda has to work hard and the reason is to support his family to keep them safe and warm. The most important thing about this book is that when dadda comes home after a long day at work, he couldn’t wait to see his son. After kissing his wife he says to his son, “There’s my sweet baby! I‘ve waited all day for this!” This shows that children do miss their fathers just as their fathers miss them.

There are many picture books about momma loving babies, but not as many that show how much dadda loves his babies. The photo illustrations are realistic and show the daily activities of dadda. I highly recommend this book for parents with young children.  

Pages: 36

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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January 17, 2012 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , | 11 Comments

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