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Nice Author Interview on the All Author Site

AllAuthor Interview

Thank you to All Author for the following interview!

Tell us about your life and your struggles.

I am a mother of four and a grandmother of ten, and I am also an Award-Winning Best-Selling Author! My books have received forty-five 2011-16 National and International awards. I have been writing poetry since before I could write! (My mother wrote down the poetry I wrote as a four-year-old.) I have written eight published rhymed children’s stories – as well as seven published rhymed musical plays for elementary school children, which have been performed internationally in over 20 countries. All of my books are also part of two separate fund-raising efforts: http://sbpra.com/curejm/ is for the CureJM Foundation, to help find a cure for Juvenile Myositis, an incurable children’s disease. 50% of the cost of the books is donated to the fundraising cause. Another Fundraiser is also available, with the same terms, but this one for an anti-bullying campaign at http://sbpra.com/imbullyfree. Here’s a little bit of my background: A real-live Eloise, I grew up in the Willard Hotel in Washington DC (my Dad was the manager), was married and lived in Northern Virginia for twenty years where my husband and I raised our four children. We later moved to Bucks County (Philadelphia PA suburbs) where we lived for 14 years before moving to the Binghamton NY area for 18 years, and we have just now moved back to Bucks County PA. We celebrated our 56th wedding anniversary in June! We are now retired, and we travel in our RV from the east coast to the west coast each year to spend time with our children and grandchildren. I have had a varied career: I was a teacher and coach for ten years in the Washington DC area, and then became a “stay-at-home-Mom” who in my spare-time was a professional newspaper sports photographer and columnist for several years when our boys were playing competitive soccer. When our girls became interested in theater, I became a Dinner Theatre Company Stage Manager (as well as lighting and sound technician) and also was an Assistant Talent Manager for Cathy Parker Talent when our youngest daughter was doing commercials and professional modeling in NYC. When we relocated to the Binghamton NY area, I became the Business Administrator for a software development company handling payroll and contracts. Now, back in PA, I am retired and spend my time marketing my books (which is the other half of writing!)

How passionate are you about writing? Not so much anymore. I am under contract for my ninth book for a 2017 release, which will probably be my last children’s book.

How long have you been writing and what inspired you to become a writer? My love of poetry, and my love of children combined… Dr. Seuss was also an influence! How did you get the idea for your first book? My first written book was Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, which was a story my mother told (not read) to me and my brother and later to her grandchildren, which I wanted to capture in written form. Because I love poetry and rhyming, I decided to write it in verse.

While choosing a name for your character, what aspects do you consider that determines what you finally call them? I use family and friends’ names when possible. It’s fun for them to see when the book is published. Some of my illustrated characters are also based on family and friends.

Do authors in general and you in particular plan series beforehand or do they just happen? I think of The Magic Word, Gimme-Jimmy and Manner-Man as my series of “manners books” since they all have a theme of being polite and thinking of others. Thanks to my awesome illustrator, Kalpart (a team of artists who have illustrated all my books) I am able to use former characters in subsequent books, so they are all about a classroom of kids.

How do you choose which stories to tell? Most of my books have the same underlying subliminal message of the Golden Rule, and teach consideration of others disguised as fun stories.

Do you ever get writer’s block? No. Once a story idea is in my head, the rhymes start to flow.

Do you have a “reader” in mind while writing? No. I have children in mind and want to be able to help them become better people.

Who is the first person to read the first draft of your books? I have been writing my stories for a very long time – long before I submitted them for publication. So my first “editor” now is my youngest daughter, who happens to be an editor in real-life!

How do you get reviews? Which was the best review you ever got? I submit my books to many contests, which leads to some excellent reviews. Reader’s Favorite, Midwest Book Review, and Feathered Quill are favorites. I have been fortunate in getting many awesome reviews.

What does the word “story” signify for you? To me, “story” is a children’s story…

Do you think an author should be bound by Genre? I can’t speak for other authors, but I think one should write about what one knows or feels strongly about…and be sure of one’s facts! (I wouldn’t be able to write a novel, for instance!)

Are you currently working on anything? As mentioned earlier, I am working on my last children’s book, My Little Angel, which is for a slightly younger age-level – 3-6 – and also for those who believe in angels!!

Do you have a special time or place for writing? No. I prefer my computer to my old typewriter I used when I first started writing, but I still revert to scratching notes on paper to capture a thought!

How do you promote your work? How will QuotesRain help you in your book promotion and sales, would you like to refer this platform to your author friends? I feel that entering contests has helped me market my books, since winning an award gives instant credibility. QuotesRain has been very helpful!

Would you like to share something with your readers and fans? Please teach your children to be kind to one another!!!

Here is the link to the interview: https://allauthor.com/interview/sherrillcannon/

 

The Golden Rule is a Finalist in the Reader Views 2017 Literary Awards

Treat Others the Way You’d Like to be Treated

So thrilled to receive notification from the 2016-2017 Reader Views Literary Awards that The Golden Rule is a Finalist!  Congrats to all the Finalists!

Award placement will be announced in a couple of weeks… Please stay tuned!

LITERARY AWARDS FINALISTS FOR 2016-2017

(ORDER DOES NOT INDICATE PLACEMENT)

Children – Early Reader, Age 6 To 8

Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home by Jody A. Dean PhD, Tally Ho Publishing
The Golden Rule by Sherrill S. Cannon, Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency
Zealy and Whubba Go Fishing by Roe DePinto, Outskirts Press

 

Note from my Irish Kid Reviewers

Worth 1000 Words!!!

Worth 1000 Words!!!

As most of you know, my newest book, My Little Angel, will be released soon, and I have contacted many of my Kid Reviewers to request another review!  I was delighted to get this response from Crystal of CastleviewAcademy.com confirming Tristan and Kallista are looking forward to another review!

“You must have heard me tell the children earlier today that I had an email from you that need a reply 😉 Or maybe it was Kallista splashing some milk in her eyes and Tristan saying she would cry a lake of sour tears like the Whimper Whineys….Time continues to fly by! We’re doing more hands-on school at the moment which is fun, but more time consuming – but worth it for the learning and the time together! Tomorrow we’ll do an art project together – Kallista always calls them fingerpaint masterpieces – no matter what the medium.

Yes, Tristan and Kallista will be thrilled and honoured to review your latest masterpiece!”

9 Awards, including Illustration Award for Kalpart!

9 Awards, including Illustration Award for Kalpart!

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Sherrill S. Cannon’s 45 Awards… Please enjoy!

 Sherrill S. Cannon’s Award-Winning Books – http://www.sherrillcannon.com

Treat Others the Way You'd Like to be Treated

Treat Others the Way You’d Like to be Treated

Winner of 6 Awards, The Golden Rule What if you treated others the way you’d like to be treated?  What if everyone did that?  What kind of world could there be? What is this “Golden Rule”, and what does it mean?  Please join in the children’s quest to discover how to follow The Golden Rule and meet many of the classroom friends you have met in previous books! The book has received a Book Excellence Award Gold Medal, a Children’s Literary Classics Silver Medal plus Seal of Approval, a Mom’s Choice Silver, a Readers Favorite Finalist Award and a Pinnacle Achievement Award.   ISBN 978-1-68181-326-4 – $12.50

 Winner of 5 AwardsWinner of 5 Awards, Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My! illustrates the importance of being a good listener. It also is a cute introduction to basic computer terms. Rosemary is worried about returning to school, after her teacher has warned the class that they would soon have some mice, spiders and webs in the classroom.  Could Rosemary have misunderstood something? It has won a Global eBook Gold Medal, a Bronze Medal in the FAPA Awards, a Readers’ Favorite H.M. Award, a Reader Views Reviewers Choice H.M, and also a Pinnacle Achievement Award. ISBN 978-1-63135-949-1 – $13.00

Winner of 9 Awards!

Winner of 9 Awards!I

 Winner of 9 Awards, My Fingerpaint Masterpiece deals with perspective, perception and self-esteem as a child fingerpaints artwork in class, and later discovers it as part of the town’s Art Contest.  It has won a 2014 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal in Children’s K-3, as well as their Illustrations Award, a double Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Awards, a National Indie Excellence Award, a Global eBook Bronze Medal, a Reviewer’s Choice H.M., as well as a Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval and a Pinnacle Achievement Award  ISBN 978-1-62857-288-9 – $12.50

Manner-Man 10 Awards

Manner-Man 10 Awards

Winner of 10 awards: Winner of the 2014 CLIPP Principals’ Award, the KART Kids Book List, the                       Reviewers Choice Award, the Los Angeles Book Festival, a Global eBook Silver Medal; as well as a 2013 Readers Favorite Silver Medal, National Indie Excellence Finalist, a Pinnacle Achievement Award, and H.M. in the London Book Fair and Rebecca’s Reads Awards. Manner-Man is a Superhero who helps children cope with bullies, and teaches them how to look within themselves for their own superhero. ISBN 1-62212-478-7   –  $12.50

Winner of 5 Awards

Winner of 5 Awards

Winner of 5 awards: Winner of the 2013 Global eBook Silver Medal, Indie Excellence Finalist and Reader Views Finalist Awards as well as the 2012 Readers Favorite Silver Medal Award and the 2012 Pinnacle Achievement Winner Award. Gimme-Jimmy is about how a bully learns to share.  His “New Polite Rule” helps him learn to make friends. ISBN 978-1-61897-267-5   –  $13.00

What is the Magic Word?

What is the Magic Word?

Winner of 6 awards: Winner of the 2011 Readers Favorite Gold Medal, 2011 Pinnacle Achievement Award Winner, 2011 Global Finalist Award, 2012 Reader Views Second Place, 2012 International Book Awards Finalist, and 2012 Next Generation Indie Finalist. Elisabeth needs to learn The Magic Word  “Please”, and to use it every day. Please and Thank you are words that everyone needs to use!  ISBN 978-1-6096-909-3   –  $12.50

Whine-Stopper

Whine-Stopper

Winner of 2 Awards: Winner of the 2011 Readers Favorite Bronze Medal and the 2011 USA Best Books Finalist Award. Peter and the Whimper-Whineys helps parents cope with whining, disguised as a fun story. Peter is a rabbit who whines all the time, and might have to join the Whimper-Whineys. ISBN 978-1-60911-517-3   –  $13.00

 

What Santa Gives...Not Gets

What Santa Gives…Not Gets

Winner of 2 Awards: Winner of the 2011 Readers Favorite Silver Award and the 2011 Indie Excellence Finalist Award.  Santa’s Birthday Gift includes Santa in the Christmas story.

(After reading a story of the nativity to my granddaughter, she asked “But where’s Santa?”)

ISBN 978-1-60860-824-9   –  $11.50

 

 

My Favorite Meme

I thought it might be a good time to share my favorite Meme again…

“No matter the color of anyone’s skin, it’s not just the outside - it’s what is within.” Literary Classics Award Winning Children's Book Author - Sherrill S. Cannon

“No matter the color of anyone’s skin, it’s not just the outside – it’s what is within.” Literary Classics Award Winning Children’s Book Author – Sherrill S. Cannon