Archive for the ‘Children’ Category
Who would be trying to lure him away with the promise of a cake out in the garden at this unearthly hour?Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020
A story of marvel, battles, and hardship, The Grim and the Fantastic takes a serious subject and seeks to breathe color back into the lives of those affectedMonday, June 22nd, 2020
The Milkman’s Son, reveals one man’s family tree, pulling back layers of new information as he gets closer to the truth–a biological father, siblings, and family members he never knew existedThursday, June 4th, 2020
“Have you met your real/biological father?”
The children embark on an epic adventure, traveling back in time to the lost city of Atlantis, unaware of the dangers that await themWednesday, June 3rd, 2020
Twelve-year-old Grace and her feline best friend, Midnight, have a secret: Midnight is a ghost. But then again, so are the rest of Graces’ friendsWednesday, June 3rd, 2020
Samuel dreamed of being a lot of things, but a monster trapped in a forest realm never entered his mindFriday, May 22nd, 2020
Although Rex’s kidnapped, he loves the craft filled with robots, scientific discoveries, and silvery-white beingsSaturday, April 11th, 2020
Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you!
I used to play tenor drum in a bagpipe and drum band, and we performed on the Minnesota state capital’s steps during a memorial the Saturday after 9/11. Besides having my kids, I have never done anything more meaningful. On a lighter note, during college I worked in a 50s-meets-the-80s restaurant where I roller skated and danced on tables (but not both at the same time).
What are some of your pet peeves?
A few of my pet peeves: 1) grammatical and spelling errors on signs. 2) multiple opened containers of the same thing in the fridge or cupboard.
Who is your hero and why?
My dad. I didn’t get to grow up near him because my parents divorced when I was young, and we were 2000 miles apart. As an adult, I learned how much he cares for his family, my grandmother and grandfather, especially. He is the best storyteller, too. In fact, one of Dan’s stories in Skyclyffe is based on one of my dad’s.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Not until Skyclyffe was nearly complete, and only after I forced myself to tell someone outside of my family.
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
None—but once during a family trip we slept in a covered wagon on land Laura Ingalls Wilder lived on as a kid.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
When my son was young, he had this soft, round toy, each quadrant a different animal’s face and matching sounds to boot. We called it Piggy Cat Cow Dog. I imagine my spirit animal would have to be something like that, but an amalgamation of dog, elephant, and turtle. A dogphantle? Eleturtdog? That is awful. Let’s just go with dog. Besides, I do have a German Shepherd puppy avatar/logo in use just about everywhere.
What inspired you to write this book?
A lone, puffy cloud zigzagging in the sky. I joked to myself, “Who’s in that cloud?” and then a little voice in my head said, “Could be anyone.”
What can we expect from you in the future?
The next book in the Skyclyffe series.
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
The characters who grew up on the Earth’s surface have average names, except Rex’s. You learn about how his name came to be in chapter two.
Since the characters on Skyclyffe were born on the ship or alighted in 1936 (apart from a few we can’t talk about here), their names tend to be more typical of that era. I scrolled through Most Popular Baby Names lists by year.
Advice they would give new authors?
Write because you want to, and let the book be what it wants to be.
Describe your writing style.
Positively a Plotter with a capital P, but I’m not afraid to allow new ideas in.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Be original. I kind of like that when I was querying and agents asked for comps, I couldn’t find another book to compare mine to. Harder to sell in this publishing market, but I’d rather be a Hunger Games, Harry Potter, or Twilight than one of the scores of books that came after.
Matt’s life changes forever when a family of druids moves into the dilapidated Victorian mansion next doorFriday, April 10th, 2020
Sandra Kindt is always up for a good story, written or verbal, although there is that cookbook she won in elementary school that hasn’t seen the light of day. But the times she’s been caught reading historical novels with a highlighter—because there’s always something to learn—should make up for that.
After earning an MA in communication, she taught Organizational Behavior at several universities and Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in the corporate world. Her love of writing goes back to the journals she started in the fifth grade, when she fancied herself Nancy Drew. She loves to hang out with her four grown-up kids and six grandchildren. It’s like visiting the best parts of herself.
Shannon, what do you write and why? I write children’s books because they are light and fun and we all need a little light and whimsy in our lives. More seriously, though, I write children’s books because I’m writing for my own child. I want to be an example for her, of what it takes and what it looks like, to follow your dream and to act even when your afraid.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a homeschooling mama, with a background in both Early Childhood Development and English Studies. I have three daughters, but only one is still reading children’s books. I grew up in California, but I have been living in Texas since getting married in my early 20’s.
I started this journey as an author a few years ago. You see, I lost an argument with God over using the gifts he gave me. I may have lost an argument, but a won a better life and a better legacy.
I had been living in fear, and didn’t even realize it. But God opened my eyes and showed me what my fear was doing to my kids. I wanted to be the best example to my kids that I could be. That meant living past my fear, and using all of the gifts I was given. In the process I get to help other people be the best they can be.
3.5 yrs and 10 books later, I think I’m making progress in being the example I want to be.
Good for you, Shannon. How many books have you written?
I have 10 books, and 2 activity guides published so far.
Tell us about your new book “Take a Walk on the Beach”.
This was an exercise for me, in painting a person, and writing simple sentences. Many people think that writing for kids is easy, but keeping the vocabulary simple, easy to read, and still telling a story, is a challenge. The little girl in the story, takes a walk and looks for treasures on the beach. She enjoys her day and reminds us to leave nature as we find it.
I love that cover. What kind of characters are in this book?
This book features a little girl, I chose not to name her, or show her face. The purpose of this book is to encourage kids learning to read. This is why I made this book available in two different fonts. One is a dyslexic font, while this font is not scientifically proven, I want to provide the option. Reading is a door to so many things, my goal is to help by providing well written stories in readable fonts.
What an interesting idea. Who should read “Take a Walk at the Beach”? Its a beginning reader, so any parent or teacher that has children in their life. Take a read through it yourself and then share the sweet book with the kids in your life.
Do you have plans for another book? Yes! I have so many plans, it feels kind of crazy. Two of my next ten planned books are in this series.
That is great news. Where can we find you?
Where can we find your books?
Some of my titles are also available on Walmart and target .com’s just type in my name.
Thank so much for visiting us this week, Shannon. Have an awesome time writing your next book.
The most exciting book in the Young Adult urban fantasy market .
About the book
Clint and Corbin are having a weird day. Best friends for life, things are getting a little strange around their town, and at school. When they’re followed by a strange man looking for Clint and later attacked by an imp, it makes sense to retreat to the safety of home. But when strangers from another world, Banks and O’Neil, arrive with their medley of allies, things get even weirder. Why are they here? What do they want? And what is The Requiem that everyone keeps talking about? As Clint and his friends and family are drawn deeper into a thrilling adventure, only one thing is for sure. They may not be getting out alive. And class with Mrs Christenson will seem like a walk in the park after this.
About the author
Russell Parker was born in Bountiful, Utah. As his father was safety manager he had to move around until his senior year of high school, when he came to Cache Valley, Utah to stay. He married the most wonderful woman in the world and they are the parents of four fantastic kids, with one crazy dog.
Russell played all kinds of sports and was an outdoorsman until an accident brought him to writing. A writer since high school, encouragement brought his stories to life.
You can find him here,
A. C. Dye es la nueva autora de libros Bilingües para niños:
A. C. Dye ha sido panelista en LTUE Writers Symposium. Panelist en ConDuit. Presentadora en la League of Utah Writers. También ha hecho presentaciones en escuelas de niños en Ingles y Español así como en festivales de arte Literaria.
Es miembro de ANWA-Salt Lake Storytellers, donde ha servido como Vice-presidenta por 3 años. Y antigua miembro de la League of Utah Writers, donde sirvió como Contest Chairwoman and presidenta del Oquirrh Chapter.
Premios ganados por sus libros de Jóvenes:
Fiction 2nd place – Amarine-Fairy Princess, 2009
First Page Contest Young Adult Romance, 2nd place – Kingdom by the Sea, 2010
League of Utah Writers, Children/Young Adult, BronzeAward – Elfs in a Conquered Realm, 2010
First Page Contest, Children/young adult, First Place – Fairy Prince, 2011
A.C.Dye quiere dar la habilidad a su pueblo español de leer sus libros. Ella ha escogido empezar con los más niños y a creado libros fáciles de leer y aprender inglés. Como también prestar un servicio enseñando cosas básicas para la salud de los niños.
“Such Clean Teeth – Que Dientes Tan Limpios”
“Ponies, Picky Eaters – Los Ponis Mañosos”
“Wash Your Hands – Lava Tus Manos”
“Potty – Usar el Baño”
“Baths – Bañarse”
A. C. Dye es una autora bilingüe que habla English y Español. Ella nació en Valparaiso, Chile cerca de muchas playas famosas. Creció en medio de cuatro hermanos. A. C. está casada con su mejor amigo y es la madre de cuatro hijos. Ella vive en Salt Lake City, Utah.
A. C. Dye también escribe libros en inglés para los adultos jóvenes de la era medieval copados con fantasía, elfos, enanos, águilas gigantes y magos. En su serie de princesas, ella escribe de amor, tropiezos, lucha y finales felices. Como Anna del C. Dye, ella ha publicado más de diez libros.
Puedes encontrar sus libros de jóvenes aquí: