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Giveaway for Santa’s Birthday Gift and A Penny for Your Thoughts – Linda Weaver Clarke Interview

What Santa Gives…not Gets

 

Happy to share the interview with LInda Weaver Clarke who is also sponsoring a giveaway for your choice of Santa’s Birthday Gift or A Penny for Your Thoughts 

Poems of Love and Loss…
Feelings Into Words

 

 

Giveaway and Interview – Linda Weaver Clarke

Please read and enter, selecting your choice of book!!!

Linda Weaver Clarke is a talented author of many awesome books, and was the first to give me an interview about Santa’s Birthday Gift in 2009!

Complete All Author Interview

All Author Interview

It seems I was remiss in my post about the AllAuthor interview, since I only included the “snippet”!

Here is the complete interview, with thanks to Mady Joshi and his awesome All Author group!

All Author Compete Interview

Where did you grow up? What were some of your favorite books as a child?

I grew up in the Willard Hotel in the middle of downtown Washington, D.C., a block from the White House! I’m the original Eloise!! My favorite children’s book was Munro Leaf’s Manners Can Be Fun… and I also loved Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss for my children. I’ve always been a prolific reader.

What got you into writing Children’s books? When are you most satisfied with what you’ve written?

The first children’s book I wrote was Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, but that wasn’t the first one published. It was a story my mother told to me and my brother – and later to her grandchildren – but it wasn’t in a book. I taped her telling the story to my children and then put the story into poetry (since I’ve always loved to write poetry.) I am most satisfied when I can read the story aloud and the meter and rhyme are in synch.

What grade did you teach when you were a teacher? What was the most memorable experience you had as a teacher?

I taught high school physical education for ten years, although I did my practice teaching on an elementary school level. My most memorable experience was becoming the Head of the Physical Education Department at my alma mater, ten years after graduation, and being in charge of organizing the graduation exercises in the Washington National Cathedral!

Can you remember back to the time you were writing your debut novel and could you tell us a little about what life was like for you then? How little or how much has life changed for you since?

My debut “children’s book” was written several years before it was published, and put away until retirement allowed me to put time into seeking publication. Santa’s Birthday Gift was published in 2009. Life has changed immeasurably since I first began writing, since my mother collected my poetry when I started writing it at age 4!! Think back to 1944…!!!

You said your inspiration for “Santa’s Birthday Gift” came from your granddaughter after she asked where Santa was in the story of Jesus Christ’s birth. Does most of your inspiration come from her or from elsewhere?

Actually, my inspiration came from her question, “But where’s Santa?”, but the story itself came to me in a dream – and many of the details occurred to me while writing it. I thank God regularly for letting me be the one to write this story. My inspiration for my books is to try to find ways to teach kindness and consideration for others, disguised as fun stories.

What was it like to win a Pinnacle Achievement Award for your book “Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!”? What is your definition of success?

The Pinnacle Awards have always been rewarding to me, since the competition is available seasonally and gives me an indication of potential success. Each of my books has won a Pinnacle Achievement Award, since I discovered the awards in 2011 with The Magic Word. Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My! has won four other awards including Gold Medal in the Global eBook Awards. It’s a fun book as an introduction to computer terms, and my teenage grandson’s reaction to the conclusion was, “I didn’t see that coming!” (Success is making children happy while reading my books to them…that’s what it’s all about!)

Name some words you’ve had most trouble finding something suitable to rhyme with.

I don’t really look for words to rhyme… they seem to find me! It isn’t just rhyme that’s important but the meter – or the sound – of the words. When I read to school children we often talk about the “music of the words”. (For the record, I was once advised I’d never find a word to rhyme with “silver”.)

What are some of the lessons and values you hope kids will learn by reading “My Little Angel”? Do you believe you have a guardian angel?

My Little Angel was written with younger pre-school children in mind, providing specific ways for small children to learn to be a better person, and to remain safe in this changing world of ours. It also stresses the concept that one is never really alone, and that idea brings comfort to many. (One of my fans asked me to include pets in one of my stories, so this one includes a kitty and a dog!) And yes, I believe I have a Guardian Angel…several of them!

Do you ever plan on writing a book series for children? If so, what would you want it to be about? If not, could you tell us why?

My Little Angel is my last children’s book, so I will not be writing a “series”. However, all of my books, beginning with The Magic Word, include characters from previous books as well as hidden past book covers for readers to discover – so in a way they are a “series of kindness and consideration” books! As far as future writing is concerned, I will have a book of poetry, A Penny for Your Thoughts, released very soon and am looking forward to sharing it. I hope AllAuthor will be including it also! Please stay tuned!

What sort of difference do you think a book makes in a child’s life? In this modern world of growing technology, do you think that books are growing out of style?

I have always loved books, as have my children and grandchildren, in spite of the digital world. I only provide eBooks since they are more portable and convenient, but small children really need and want physical books to hold and take to bed with them! I truly can’t imagine going to bed myself without reading first, and I hope all parents and grandparents foster this love of reading. (I always have a book with me!)

Are you a Disney movie fan? If so, which one is your favorite?

I’ve always loved Disney, and Cinderella was a favorite as well as the original Parent Trap with Hayley Mills – but I also love Finding Dory!!

Who is the most influential person you know and how have they helped you as an author?

I certainly wish I knew some influential people who could help me as an author!! (If any of you are reading this, I’m available!)

If you read your books as a child, do you think you would like them?

Yes!!! (I write them with my “child-eye” in mind!)

I’d also like to give credit to my amazing illustrator, Kalpart Illustrations, who have created the illustrations and covers for all my books, including my newest book of poetry, A Penny for Your Thoughts.

Thank you All Author for the nice Interview

Thank you All Author!

“Award-winning author Sherrill S. Cannon is really a canon in the children’s book world as her last name says. She has won 46 awards for her 9 rhyming books and is also the author of seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school children. Sherrill has been called “a modern day Dr. Seuss” by GTMA Review. She grew up in the Willard Hotel in the middle of downtown Washington, D.C., a block from the White House. Fascinating! Isn’t it? The first children’s book she wrote was Peter and the Whimper-Whineys but that wasn’t the first one published. Her first debut novel was written by her several years before it was published and kept away until she retired. From her best creations “My Little Angel” was written with younger pre-school children in mind, providing specific ways for small children to learn to be a better person and to remain safe in this changing world.”

Author, Sherrill S. Cannon – Fan Page II – Strategic Book Group

Thanks also to Kalpart Illustrations for all my book covers, design, and illustrations!

New Hope News Interview by Lisa DeAngelis

I’m happy to share the article In the New Hope News by Lisa DeAngelis

New Hope News – June 2017 by Lisa DeAngelis

The article reads:

“Mother of four, grandmother of ten, and a former teacher, Sherrill S. Cannon knows how to entertain children while engaging adults at the same time. Following publication of her first book in 2009, Sherrill went on to write eight more children’s stories that have garnered 47 Awards. Inspiration for her first book came when one of her granddaughters, after hearing the Christmas story, asked, “But where’s Santa?”

Santa’s Birthday Gift answered that question, and solved an ongoing dilemma for many parents: How to tie two holiday traditions together into one inspirational tale.  Sherrill’s first book did just that by relating the story of Santa’s trip to Bethlehem on that first Christmas and his promise to bring gifts to good boys and girls every year after.

The holiday book was followed by Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, a tale of “a very small rabbit who did nothing but whine.”  Sherrill tried to show children that no one likes being around a whiner and that there are more positive ways to make requests.  She succeeded because the book was an Award Finalist for USA Book News.

Then came The Magic Word, recipient of the 2011 Readers Favorite Award, a story about Elisabeth Keys, who “never said thank you, excuse me or please.”  Elisabeth pays the price for her rudeness when “no one wants to come to her birthday party.”

Gimme-Jimmy, Indie Excellence Finalist, echoes the story of Pinnochio.  In this case, the greedy little bully finds that his hand grows larger every time he says the word “Gimme.”  When Jimmy finally learns to treat others with respect, he finds his hand shrinking back to normal size.  In the end, he shares what he has learned with his friends by writing down “Jimmy’s New Polite Rule:  To try to treat others as I’d like to be, To try to see things the way others might see, To try to be helpful, and do what is right, And to try at all times to be very polite!”

Manner-Man, the Readers Views Choice Award of 2014, tells the story of a superhero whose mission is to help control bullies.  He advises children about the harm that can be done by “hitting with words,” and he advises that if someone starts pushing, just shout out “not nice!”

My Fingerprint Masterpiece, a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award winner, is about a child who makes a finger painting in school, loses it on the way home, only to find it hailed as “Outstanding!” at a professional art exhibition.  Sherrill’s aim here was to show that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.  Far from being pleased, the young artist merely feels misunderstood and prefers his artwork back at home hanging on the family fridge where it rightfully belongs.

Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My! introduces young readers to basic computer terms and won The President’s Book Award in 2015.

The Golden Rule posits a question most dear to Sherrill’s heart, “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?”  This volume won, in addition to other awards, both the Mom’s Choice Award and the Children’s Literary Classics Book Award.

Sherrill’s most recent book, My Little Angel, describes Angela, a tiny angel who is always there full of wise and comforting advice: “She helps me decide when to follow my heart, Or when letting my head take control would be smart.”  Angela also gives more practical tips: “She reminds me to always stay close to my mother, And never to wander away with another.”

In addition to her books, all available on Amazon and BN.com, Sherrill is the author of seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school children.  She has been called “an absolute master of rhyming” by Mother Daughter Book Reviews and a “modern-day Dr. Seuss” by GMTA Review.  Nowadays, she spends her time travelling the country with her husband in their RV, sharing her books along the way and spreading her message:  Let’s be kind to one another.”

 

 

Interview with Linda Weaver Clarke is Live!

My Little Angel Arrives!

My interview with Linda Clark went live today!

Please check out the interview and leave a comment… There is a giveaway!

Linda Weaver Clarke Interview

My Little Angel is Sherrill S. Cannon’s 9th children’s book. All her books stress consideration for others, and subliminally teach children to be nice to each other – and they have received 46 Awards.  A former teacher, she has 10 grandchildren, the youngest of which is the little girl in this new book.  She’s happy that she has such a talented illustrator!!

Welcome to my blog. Please tell us about your children’s book, My Little Angel.

Does your child have a Guardian Angel? Please share a day in the life of this little girl, while her little guardian angel Angela sits on her shoulder and keeps her safe and guides her throughout her various activities throughout her day.  This includes getting ready for school, crossing the street, being polite and kind to her friends, learning her lessons, fastening seatbelts while traveling, being aware of stranger-danger, praying for her pets, and reminding her constantly that she is loved.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

I believe in angels, and that they are everywhere.  I often think of one riding on my own shoulder, so I wanted to share this idea with some slightly younger readers.

Your children’s books always rhyme and I love that. Will you please quote a few of your favorite lines from this book?

Wherever I go, and whatever I do,

Angela’s with me to say, “I love you.”

She’s always beside me, away or at home—

So sometimes I’m lonely, but never alone.

That’s beautiful. Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

There are only two main characters: the little girl and Angela, her Guardian Angel.

There are other familiar characters and book covers from previous books within the illustrations, but the little girl tells the story of Angela and how they interact throughout a day…  I love everything about both of them!!!

Where is your website so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

My website is www.sherrillcannon.com and my author site is http://sbpra.com/sherrillscannon

Thank you for this wonderful interview, Sherrill. I hope my readers will check out your children’s book.

Fun Interview on Raychelle Writes – The Writer’s Block: Where Are They Now?

Be Kind!!

Be Kind!!

I am so very grateful to Raychelle Writes for including me in her Writer’s Block special series: “Where Are They Now?”

I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Raychelle several years ago, when I was just releasing my 4th book, Gimme-Jimmy.  Now in this interview, I have a chance to give a little preview of my upcoming 2017 book, My Little Angel.

One of the questions was about participating in The Writer’s Block, so I’ll include that here:

I loved being able to participate in The Writer’s Block earlier, and am so happy to become a part of it again. It’s lovely to be able to share my books and the emphasis on being kind… We seem to need the reminder to get along with others – especially in this political environment. As one of my thoughtful fans commented about The Golden Rule…”This is how we change the world…”

Here is the Complete InterviewThe Writer’s Block: Where Are They Now?

Please take the time to read, and let me know if you have any other questions.  I love to hear from readers!!

 

 

Thank you to Quotes Rain for the Nice Interview…

Be Kind!!

Be Kind!!

Thank you to Mady Joshi and QuotesRain for the nice interview and the chance to share my books with more children!  If only we can teach our children to be kind…

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!  WhHow 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 complete interview…

QuotesRain Interview