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.
I’d wish that chocolate gave you abs, clothes folded themselves, and that people had furry ears and tails so you could read their emotions.
A terrace on the Amalfi Coast with a hot Italian guy fanning me and feeding me grapes.
Usually the kitchen. Often in yoga pants. Always with a dog on my lap.
It’s getting progressively longer.Â I wrote my first novel in two months, my second in about a year, and this one has been three years in the making.Â With my family and other exciting publishing projects, I have limited time.Â But writing is a passion, and I do it whenever I have a spare second.
Easy. My family always lifts and inspires me.
The idea for this book has been in the back of my mind for years. I actually tried to convince my sister to write it.Â She worked for Anasazi, a wilderness therapy program in Arizona, as a young adult and had some incredible experiences there.Â Yvette has six children and is getting ready to publish her third children’s picture book. I think it was the fourth time I mentioned that she should write this book when she told me I should write it myself.Â That was all the permission I needed.
High Sierra is a fictional wilderness therapy program loosely based on the Anasazi program, but the hiking takes place in Yosemite.Â The characters hike the exact trails that my family traveled on our adventure in 2015 when my husband tore two tendons in his ankle and then insisted on hiking another 20 miles. I’ve poured a lot of myself and my personal struggles and experiences into this book.
Finding time is a huge obstacle for me to overcome as a writer.Â Writing a novel over a long period of time presents challenges.Â When you write every day, it’s easy to pick up where you left off.Â When you’re working on a project for months and years, it’s easy to forget details. I had to do a lot of re-reading to refresh my memory before moving forward.
Roxie, I don’t have manyÂ authors forÂ children in my blog. I am happy you came for a visit this week. Tell us what are the titles of your books?
My most recent book is â€œBusy Builders,â€ published by Amazon Childrenâ€™s Books/ex-Marshall Cavendish. In late summer 2013, â€œSlithery Snakesâ€ comes out, Two Lions/Amazon Childrenâ€™s Books, publisher.
What genre do your books fall under?â€¨
Nonfiction picture books, or informational books.
â€¨A big spectrum of choice.Â What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? (more…)
This is a delightful book, written for children with parents in the military, that will be loved by all children. It is an easy book that helps a child cope with his/her feelings resulting from the absence of one of the parents. It fits not only those in the military, but also those families that both parents canâ€™t be in the same home. (more…)