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My Interview with The Redheaded Book Lover, Aimee Ann

8 Awards

Please enjoy this lovely interview with Aimee Ann, the Red-Headed Book Lover and Blogger!

Interview with a Redheaded Book Lover!

Sherrill S. Cannon, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

Have you ever loved, been loved, been confused about love, or suffered from loss of love? All these feelings have been captured and shared in the word of heartfelt poems, compiled over many years by a retired teacher and award-winning author.

Sherrill S. Cannon now shares her thoughts in this book of feelings. “As a teacher, I used poetry to help counsel many troubled teens and friends, and have continued this pattern throughout the years.”

There are three sections in her book: Heads, Spinning, and Tails . . . (Love & Loss: Coin Toss?). The variety of lyrical poetry forms includes free verse, blank verse, haiku, and sonnets. Some poems are simply plays on words.

Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Sherrill S. Cannon whose book A Penny For Your Thoughts moved and charmed me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love poetry but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Sherrill, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Sherrill will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Sherrill

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 55th 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 I have time to write, when I’m not marketing (which is the other half of writing.) I spent many years collaborating with my daughter on rhymed musical plays for her elementary school, and now seven of our plays, “Have You Seen My Little Lamb”, “The King’s Spell”,”When You Wish Upon a Star…fish”, “The Wonderful World of Weather”, “ABC December” , “The Alphabet Trip” and “We Have Character” are available at Lazy Bee Scripts – http://www.lazybeescripts.co.uk. The plays have already had many performances in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as Australia, Austria, Botswana, Cambodia, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates. I am trying to “make a difference”.

Now, how wonderful does Sherrill sound?! Sherrill is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Sherrill’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Sherrill, I hope that you enjoy Sherrill’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?

A Penny for Your Thoughts is a compilation of many years of writing poetry.  I was born on Valentine’s Day, so perhaps that is why I have been preoccupied with love in all its many forms throughout my life.  Since I also have loved writing rhyming poetry since the age of 4, it has always seemed to be a way to put feelings into words.  As a teacher I used poetry to help counsel troubled teens and friends, and I have continued this pattern throughout the years.  My intent was to ask my family to publish my poetry after I died…a la Emily Dickinson…but my children convinced me to submit it for publication while I had a publisher interested in publishing it!  I’m very happy to have taken their advice!

What would your advice be for aspiring writers?

Since this is a poetry book, my advice would be to be very careful with rhyme and meter.  Rhyme without meter is rarely successful, (and will turn off most editors – not to mention readers – right away!)   If you choose to write free verse, then you have to be careful with meter as well, although you do not have to rhyme.  If you write blank verse, then please try to stay concise and succinct with your poetry.  Poetry should never be prose, broken into short lines!

In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?

The most important thing about a poetry book is that your poetry should reach as many readers as possible.  Keeping the poetry simple helps readers relate more easily, since flowery language often turns people off.  An example of this is a word substitution suggested by my mentor at The American University many years ago. The closing line of the sonnet was …” When you gave me of love the primal taste.” The change was …”When you gave me of love the first taste.” Simplicity…

What is your writing process like?

I don’t really have a “process”.  Much of my poetry has come to me at night – hence the notepad and pen next to my bed.  I find that if I don’t take the time to write an idea down, I’ll struggle to remember it in the morning.  I also always carry a notepad with me.  One never knows when an idea will strike!

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?

Poetry is a demanding muse… When the words flow, one has to capture them.  This is frequently the result of empathy, where I actually feel the way another person is feeling and try to capture that feeling in words. Occasionally I will deliberately write a poem in order to write a personalized one – for instance, one where the first letters of the poem spell a person’s name down the side (acrostic poetry) – or if I am writing for a special occasion.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I love to read – much more than watching TV or movies.  My favorite poets are Sara Teasdale, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.  I do not care for e.e.cummings, (except for I Carry Your Heart), or most of the current poetry I try to read today.

Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?

My second volume of poetry, A Dime is a Sign, will be released later this year.  It is formatted very like A Penny for Your Thoughts, and contains similar style poetry.  The title is in reference to a Psychic Medium who  once said that if you find a random dime, it is a sign that someone that you have loved and lost is thinking of you.

A Penny for Your Thoughts also won the Innovative Poetry Award in the Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards this year.  The podcast of the interview can be found on the Reviewers Choice Awards site or here:

Inside Scoop Interview

Just as an aside, I am also the author of nine rhyming children’s books which have won 54 awards.  They are also rhyming, and focus on kindness and consideration for others.  In addition, I am a playwright with seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school students which have been performed in over 20 countries in addition to the US, UK and Canada.  They can be found at www.lazybeescripts.co.uk

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Sherrill! If you have liked what you have read about Sherrill and are interested in learning more about Sherrill and reading Sherrill’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,

Inside Scoop Interview is Live

Winner of 6 Awards

I had a lovely reaction to the Inside Scoop Interview:

“I just listened to your interview and it was great fun.  You did well!  I didn’t know that you are a Valentine. ..  Thanks for sending me this link.  It was like having you sit here with me.”

The link to the interview is Inside Scoop Live Interview

(Please note that there is a brief intermission about Inside Scoop in the middle of the interview, and then it continues with more about the poetry… )

It was lots of fun to share about my children’s books and my children’s plays, as well as A Penny for Your Thoughts… It’s always fun for me to be able to read some of my poetry, and I thank those fans who helped me select which ones to read!

Thank you also to the Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards for selecting A Penny for Your Thoughts as the Gold Medal Winner in Poetry…

(It also will be the Book feature on Readerviews.com – Week beginning July 9th, and later on available on iTunes as well as Blogtalkradio.com)

 

 

 

Inside Scoop Live Interview with Sherrill S Cannon

Winner of 6 Awards

I’m pleased to share with you the link to my interview at Inside Scoop Live, which was part of the Innovative Poetry Prize from the Reader Views Reviewers Choice contest… where A Penny for Your Thoughts won the Gold Medal.

Inside Scoop Live Interview

The interview will also be featured on the Reader Views homepage, and a book feature on readerviews.com the week beginning July 9th.

www.readerviews.com

It will also be broadcast soon on blogtalkradio.com

Thanks for listening… Fun to be able to talk about my children’s plays and children’s books as well as A Penny for Your Thoughts… and to read several of the poems including “Grandfather Clock” which was requested by several readers.

The interview also shares a couple of teasers from a companion volume of poetry to be released later this year, A Dime is a Sign.

Thanks so much to the Reader View’s Reviewers Choice Awards Contest which provided this opportunity.  (Nice that A Penny for Your Thoughts was just named a Medalist in the FAPA Presidents Awards…that makes 60 Awards total!!!)

Please stay tuned…

Inside Scoop Live Award for Most Innovative Book of Poetry

Winner of 5 Awards

I’m so happy to remind you that in addition to the Gold Medal for Poetry, A Penny for Your Thoughts received the Reader Views Inside Scoop Live Award for the Most Innovative Book of Poetry. 

I am now preparing to accept the Interview and Poetry Reading, which will be a podcast interview recorded and published on a personalized author page.  I will also be provided an MP3 link to share on my social media sites, and it will be available on iTunes podcasts as well.

In addition to providing several topics of conversation not directly related to my book, I have been asked to select a poem I would like to read as part of the interview.  That’s where I hope you will help me out!   I will not choose Old Woman, since that was included in the lovely review I received from Reader Views, but I am leaning toward Grandfather Clock, Frozen Wasteland, My Tree, I Think of You, and several others.

Would you please let me know if you have any favorites you would like to hear me read?  I would love to hear from you!!!  (Please either comment here or send me an email sherrillcannon@aol.com)  Thanks so much!!!

Please stay tuned for further details!!!

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!