“When are you going to tell her?”
Tyler opened his eyes at Courtney’s question. “Tell her what, exactly?”
Courtney didn’t meet his eyes as she rummaged in her pack for something to munch on. “About what you are.” She pulled out a packet of granola and opened it.
Tyler’s eyes went amber for a brief moment, but returned to their usual blue. “I don’t know. One thing at a time, I guess. She’s already been through a lot. I don’t want to overwhelm her.”
“A bit late for that, don’t you think,” Courtney understated with a roll of her eyes. “She’s been attacked, knocked out, drowned, and who knows what else. I’m sure hearing you’re a dragon will hardly make a dent in the bucket, if you know what I mean.”
Tyler smiled at that. “True. But what if I’m not ready to tell her?”
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.
Amey loves writing about different places because she grew up moving all around the United States. In her books, she explores the whole world. She is also the author of Baker’s Dozen, a Romantic Suspense Mystery. The Swiss Mishap won a Swoony for 2019’s Best New Adult Contemporary Romance.
She lives with her husband and three children near Austin, TX. Follow her on BookBub @ameyzeigler and sign up for her newsletter at www.ameyzeigler.com
Yves Claremont, a young, ambitious department chair, would sacrifice everything to rise to vice president at Alpine Foods and redeem his father’s name. Impressed with Lainey’s resume and charming determination, Yves offers her an internship in his Pet Care department, promising a recommendation for Chocolate if she does well.
Lainey is drawn to the enigmatic and passionate Yves Claremont. He cannot deny his growing attraction to her. But inter-office relationships are strictly forbidden by Alpine Foods, and a perceptive co-worker, jealous of Yves’ success, will undermine Yves and Lainey any way he can.
When the wizards steals all the color from Bob’s home, the littlest dinosaur goes in search of the color fairies. But when they refuse to help simply because he’s different, he has to find another way to restore the colors.
Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.
Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.
When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.
She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally
***** Bod the Littlest Dinosaur written and Illustrated by Karlie Lucas
This is a cute tale of how a small dinosaur wants to grow big. He goes to see a wizard and travels through different places to get there. He learns several lessons on his journey to make his wish come true.
Beautiful colored illustrations are found in each page of this book. They are sensible, clear, and cute, not too busy or huge, just perfect for the page. This will be a great addition to any child’s library and can be used to read along with a parent, or alone by a child.
***** Bob the Littlest Dinosaur and the Color Fairy written and Illustrated by Karlie Lucas
In this tale, Bob the littlest Dinosaur wakes up one morning to find all the colors gone from his land. His new friend, the gnome, says it is the bad wizard. He suggests that Bob go to the land of the color fairy and ask them to return color to him and his land. The color fairies aren’t very helpful, with the exception of one. She is different, like Bob. Once again, Bob and the reader are reminded that we should celebrate our differences.
It is nicely done and well expressed. It is suitable for second graders and up, or read by a parents to younger kids.