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Stitch Says Interview: Malia Ann Haberman #childrensauthor #authorinterview

Hi it’s Stitch,

It’s been a while, but I am back with a great interview and a review later in the week. Today we get to meet Malia Ann Haberman…

When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
I love to read so I was around 14 when I decided I wanted to write fabulous books that everyone would love reading. (I wrote a lot of angsty and sappy love stories and poetry at that time. Ha!) I don’t think my life has been impacted much by my writing. (At least, not yet.) It’s more like my writing has been impacted by all the crap that happens in life.

Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
Since my readers love Chase Tinker’s younger brother Andy, I decided to write a sequel to my Chase Tinker Series with Andy as the main character. It’s a little more difficult, because I don’t want to give away anything about the first series, just in case a new reader reads Andy’s story first. I’m also working on a YA Romantic Dramedy called “100 Kisses.” It’s based on the sweet-16-never-been-kissed idea. I think that’s something a number of teenagers worry about. I know I did. 🙂

I look forward to reading more about Andy, it’s great when characters write their own stories!

What are your future aspirations as an author?
I just want to keep writing and hoping readers discover my books. (Fingers crossed) Knowing people are reading and enjoying my books makes me happy. 🙂

Where do your ideas come from?
Well my Chase Tinker Series came from a dream I had that I lived in a house filled with magical powers. (Now that would be cool!) I told my daughter about it and she thought it sounded like a terrific premise for some books. And she was right! Other book ideas come from my life, along with my crazy imagination.

A house filled with magical powers would certainly be cool, especially if there was a room that gave never ending pats!


What do you do to improve yourself as a writer?

I read. Writers need to be readers, too. I can never understand when a writer, or someone who wants to be one, says they don’t read or they hate reading. How crazy is that? Reading is awesome! And a wonderful teaching tool for anyone who wants to spend their life writing. Also, writers need to write. They more you write, the better you get. Just like so many things in life. I teach ballroom dancing and my students who practice are the ones who improve. But, I think, with so many things, a writer has to have some built-in talent for it. Just like dancing. Some of my students are SO good, others, no matter how hard they try, will always still be in that awkward stage. 🙁

Practice makes perfect, such a simple rule that applies to everything.

What are the names of your books?
Chase Tinker and the House of Magic (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 1)
Chase Tinker and the House of Secrets (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 2)
Chase Tinker and the House of Destiny (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 3)
Chase Tinker and the House of Mist (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 4)

Where can people contact you?
Oh, I LOVE to hear from readers. They can email me at maliah_ann@hotmail.com and my website is http://maliaannhaberman.weebly.com

Did you publish with a traditional publishing house or did you go the indie route?
I had a top Literary Agent who was supposed to find a traditional publisher for me, but I had to fire him when I discovered he wasn’t submitting my first book, because he let his messed up personal life get in the way of his job. So frustrating! After that, I made the mistake of signing with an Indie publisher who was a liar, treated me like I was stupid, was verbally abusive, and did no marketing for my books. And so, I fired him. At this point, I decided I’d had enough. I then had a wonderful graphic designer design new, colorful, eye-catching covers, had typos and other things fixed that my ex-publisher didn’t bother fixing, and then published my Chase Tinker Series myself. I am SO much happier now.

The journey certainly teaches us all a lot!

What works best for you when writing? Meaning do you outline or write freely when you feel inspired to do so?
I have to admit, I’m more of a write-by-the-seat-of-my-pants person. If I get an idea for something in a book, I’ll jot it down. I’ve never been good at outlining. Maybe I should try harder with that because I’m always frantically digging through my notebook, searching for my hastily scribbled notes. Ha!

Oh, and one last thing…
My books are great for boys, girls, teens, young adults, and adults, because the whole series is filled with fun, magic, and adventure anyone can enjoy. And even though they have a male protagonist, the female characters are definitely not wimpy or damsels in distress. Their parts in the story are as important as his.

Thank you for dropping by on Stitch Says, Malia! Best of luck for your future aspirations.
You’re welcome, Ashley! Thanks bunches for letting me talk about my books and myself. 🙂

Stitch has read the first in the Chase Tinker Series and will the review soon. If you would like an interview on Stitch Says email my human at ashley@ahowland.org

Until then keep reading, keep writing!

Stitch Says Author Interview: Gita V. Reddy #childrensauthor

Hi, Stitch here,

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Today we get to meet another children’s author – Gita V. Reddy

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When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
I did not plan on becoming an author. I worked in a bank, and like many mothers all over the world, made up stories for my young son. When he was eleven, he wanted me to write them down for him. Writing a story and narrating it are two very different things. It took me several drafts, and a patient beta reader, to write them tolerably well. The exercise brought me immense satisfaction. I continued writing long after my son outgrew my stories. Finally, I took early retirement to write full time.

Lots of writers start because of their own kids the best motivation ever!

Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
I am a multi genre author. I write for children of different age groups, and also for adults. My latest work is Super-Duper Monty, a picture book for kids of ages 3-7.

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Monty is a frog living with family and friends in a pond. One day he takes a long leap and lands on the road. Excited at the prospect of adventure, he hops, leaps, and jumps onwards. Things go wrong and he gets into trouble. The rest of the story is about how Monty comes back home. There are lessons built into the story, naturally, as it is a kid’s story.
Super-Duper Monty is the third book in my series of picture books. The first is Bala-Gala the Brave and Dangerous, and the second is The Ant Thief. There are two reasons behind the series. As an author, I find picture books challenging. It means writing a complete story in a few words in a manner that a child can understand. Secondly, as a parent, I know the power of picture books and how they stimulate a child’s imagination and creativity.

A review of Monty will be on Stitch says tomorrow!

What are your future aspirations as an author?
I have published three novels, one chapter book, and six short story collections for middle graders. I have a chapter book series of eight books for ages 8-10. I have written a historical fiction under my pseudonym, Heera Datta, and a collection of short stories for adults. Until now, I have managed not to repeat any theme; each story has a distinct theme. I aspire to continue this though it makes it all the more difficult to build up a readership.

Where do your ideas come from? What experiences or aspects of your life influence your writing?
I have been lucky so far. I have always got ideas for new stories. They often come in a flash, though some of them do not translate well into a complete story. My middle grade novel, Hunt for the Horseman, came to me almost complete.
I live in India and that definitely influences my writing. Readers get the opportunity to glimpse Indian culture through my stories.

What do you do to improve yourself as a writer?
I read as much as I can. I also try to write every day. I take reviews and feedback seriously.

What are the names of your books?
Children’s/ Middle Grade Books.
Cheetaka, Queen of Giants
Hunt for the Horseman
King Neptune’s Delite
Cinderella’s Escape
Dearie: A Tale of Courage
Daksha, the Medicine Girl
The Forbidden Forest
Krishta, Daughter of Martev
The Magician’s Turban
The Homeless Birds
Knife and Fork
The Dinosaur Puzzle and Other Stories
Theft at the Fair and Other Stories
The Unicycle and Other Stories
Rangeela Tales: Book 1
Rangeela Tales Book 2
Rangeela Tales: Book 3
The Ant Thief
Bala-Gala the Brave and Dangerous
Super-Duper Monty

Where can people contact you?
I always love to hear from readers. I can be reached on www.gitavreddy.com, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest.

For other authors who may be struggling what advice can you give on handling rejection?
If you are confident about your work, take the indie route. Needless to add, edit it thoroughly for content and typos before you self-publish.

Thank you for dropping by on Stitch Says! Keep Reading, Keep Writing!

If you would like to feature on Stitch Says email my human at ashley@ahowland.org

Stitch Says Author Interview: Elizabeth Schoberg #childrensauthor

Hi it’s Stitch here…

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It’s been a while since my last interview, but I’m ready to get started again. Today we got to chat with Elizabeth Schoberg

When did you decide to become an author, and what impact has it had on your life?

I never made a conscious decision to become an author. Creating has always been a very important part of me.

I have always loved stories. As a young child growing up in the suburbs of Washington, DC in the 1940s, trekking to the local movie theater every weekend with 50 cents in hand for admission and a gorging of popcorn and candy was my ultimate treat. Back then you could view the main attraction many times without fear of eviction, and I took full advantage. By the time my father came down the aisle searching for me, I had memorized every word, song, and dance step that had made its way across the silver screen that day, and my parents would enjoy my own presentation when I got home. I would embellish the story to suit my own fantasies.

In 1987 my firstborn son left home for a sound studio in California to perfect his sound engineering and music skills. Several months later I had written a screenplay titled “Beethoven’s Band”: the story of a dysfunctional relationship between a father and his musician son as it had occurred in my basement over the previous 10 years. To my dismay, someone else’s movie, “Beethoven”, was released shortly thereafter.

Creating in general has had a significant, and sometimes annoying, impact on my life. Daily occurrences become potential plots. Everyone from family members and neighbors, to auto mechanics, garbage collectors, and the crossing guard on the corner, are viewed as possible heroes or heroines. A future fictional character is constantly blowing in my ear.

On the other hand, writing can be very fulfilling, as well as a lot of hard work. As always, my mission is to make a difference in someone’s life. It may be as simple as providing entertainment, or presenting a different perspective to solve one of life’s many challenges.

I have created stories in most genres, but few have made it to print or screen. The dreaded fear of rejection took hold of me, and years went by while I concentrated on my career in Human Resources. But I did believe someday I would find my voice … and allow it to be heard.

Always a big break through when you can handle the fear of rejection!

What is your latest work and what motivated you to write it?

Both of my published children’s books, “Chirp’s Lullaby” and “No Bullying, Bertram” deal with child grief. The first was in response to a mother’s plea for a way to communicate to her young children why their new baby was not yet coming home. “No Bullying, Bertram!” deals with a different kind of child grief: the loss of self esteem. For the younger child, this toy shop tale tells the story of an unhappy bulldog, Bertram, and a timid purple puppy, Penelope. The other toys in the toy shop teach Bertram that happiness is found when you make someone else feel special. Make others happy and you will be happy, too.

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I was introduced to the shorter story years earlier when I became a reader for a neighborhood nursing home where my mother-in-law had been cared for during the end of her life. I wanted to give back to this facility for treating her with dignity and love I also wanted to add something special to the lives of the other residents. I was told to choose something childlike, and short, as the residents didn’t have a long attention span…and bring fudge brownies for dessert. I couldn’t find anything in the library to suit me, so I began to create my own stories: Short stories, evoking memories of days gone by…and I always brought brownies for dessert.

In my attempt to do something special for the caregivers and residents at the facility, I found something wonderful was happening to me. I learned to create a story quickly and effectively. One that would bring laughter and tears to a group of elderly residents; some who had not spoken in months. They enjoyed our gatherings, and I evolved as a storyteller.

Future aspirations?

When my mother passed away in 2004, I began to focus on the blessed childhood I had experienced. My parents were exceptional people in an extraordinary time.

My mother’s admittance to Georgetown University Law School in 1935 was rejected because she was a woman. Undaunted, she moved on to George Washington University Law School where she graduated and was hired by the US Government.

My dad was a cameraman for Pathe News. Seeking the perfect shot for his newsreels, Dad used daredevil antics: being strapped to the wings of biplanes, hanging off the exterior of the Empire State Building, and walking the suspension cables of the George Washington Bridge. He first met my mother while shooting a newsreel from the ceiling of the US Capitol rotunda. She walked into his camera shot below and he responded, “Hey, brown eyes. Could you move over to the right just a little. I need a clear shot…if you don’t mind.” She did mind and it was hate at first sight. They were married a year later.

Dad moved on from newsreels to cartography for the US Army Corps of Engineers. With no formal education, but a genius for geography, he devised the US Map Cataloging System used by the US and Great Britain. And while WWII raged around the world, my father battled alcoholism on the home front.

My parent’s story is my passion. I look forward to sharing them with the world. “Lillie’s Pond” is their story.

Next will be a series of cozy mysteries based on a group of women who remained friends and traveling companions for over 70 years. Their unusual adventures were also a part of my life. My inspiration begins in writing what I know. I could not ask for a more interesting cast of characters than those who have slipped in and out of my life over the years.

We look forward to seeing these new adventures, they sound fantastic!

Where do ideas come from? What aspects of life influence you?

As I said previously, my inspiration comes from what I know. Most interesting to me is overcoming life’s challenges. Allowing myself to write and freely share with others is my greatest personal challenge. I now choose to give up fear for the joy of fulfillment in the pursuit of making a difference.

What do you do to improve yourself as a writer?

I listen. I study. I read. I learned many years ago from Australian author, Marg McAlister, that a book must be your best friend if you want to be a successful author. We attended many writing seminars together in the US years ago and I never saw her anywhere without a book peeking out of her pocket. Marg takes great joy in the accomplishments of her students, and knowing her has always been a great asset to me. There is no better teacher, mentor…and friend.

Names of books?

2000 (contributor) “What To Do When Your Baby Is Premature” A Parent’s Handbook for Coping
with High-Risk Pregnancy and Caring for the Preterm Infant.
Joseph A Garcia-Prats, MD / Sharon Simmons Hornfischer, RN, BSN

2013 “Chirp’s Lullaby” A bird’s eye view of a new life in the NICU.
2015 “No Bullying, Bertram!”
(both available on Amazon)

Tips on handling rejection:

I’ve come a long way in my perception of rejection. Today I look at it as an opportunity to improve…to excell. We reject our own work when we edit. We strive to make something better understood or more enjoyable for the reader. My focus is always on how my writing can make a positive difference in someone’s life. To that end I am constantly using rejection from myself or others to reach my goal. No one can please everyone, but not writing at all because I have fear is no longer acceptable to me. The writing is greater than the writer. Get on with it.

Where may people contact you?

Elizabeth Schoberg
Lillie Pond Press
6112 Deerbrook Rd
Baltimore, Maryland 21228
USA
bjschoberg@yahoo.com

Thanks for joining use Elizabeth Stitch says has reviewed your two books so watch this space!

If you would like to be a part of Stitch Says email my human at ashley@ahowland.org

Keep reading, keep writing!

Stitch Says Author Interview: Amazing A #kidsauthor

Hi it’s Stitch here:

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I fly through the air like a ninja… Okay well maybe more like a Labrador, still it’s always fun to pretend. Now it’s time for a stealthy interview with Amazing A author of The Hale Street Ninja

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When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
I’ve been writing stories since I was able to write. Probably didn’t label myself an author until a few years ago. Writing is what I do. It’s as natural as breathing. Of course no one labels anyone a ‘breather’, because it’s natural, it’s how you live. Writing for me is no different than breathing. I would say as a writer, I look at the world as pages for me to create stories.

That’s a great way of looking at the world.

Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
My latest breathing is; Memoirs of the Hale St. Ninja. I was motivated to breathe a story about a black 10 year old boy who is being raised by his grandparents. A lot of the character is based on me and my brother being dominantly raised by my grandparents. The Baptist church aspect, the no air conditioning,(unless company came over) and the unity of the neighbourhood. I thought it would be cool to have a kid who idolizes and practices kung fu movies so much that he is quite the weapon. I thought it would be cool that the kid took it upon himself to use his special set of skills to defend the seniors in his neighbourhood. By book 2 two other kids help out the main character with gadgets and hover boards.

What a great idea.

What are your future aspirations as an author?
Bestselling author not only in children books but in science fiction too.

Aim high!

Where do your ideas come from? What experiences or aspects of your life influence your writing?
All of my ideas come from either dreams or life experiences. I grew up in a poor black neighbourhood. I was around people who made the most out of what they had. My parents and grandparents encouraged me to read. Books were one thing we never ran out of. How amazing it is to travel all around the world and meet different people by opening a book.

Books are excellent transport devices.

What do you do to improve yourself and a writer?
I read A LOT.

Tell us a little bit about your next WIP
Currently writing book 5 and 6 of Memoirs of the Hale St. Ninja. September I begin work on a Sci-fi book titled; The Last Negro

Where can people contact you?

I can be contacted @ AmazingA@superciliouscomics.com

My website: Superciliouscomics.com

What works best for you when writing? Meaning do you outline or write freely when you feel inspired to do so?
I outline sometimes, and free write most of the time. Ideas pop in my head all the time so I keep paper and a pen with me at all times. I write notes for whatever book idea pops in my head.

Thanks for joining us here on Stitch Says, we will be posting a review od book 2 shortly. Keep Reading, Keep Writing

Stitch Says Author Interview – Larry Potty #childrensauthor

Hi it’s Stitch

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I’ve been really busy reading, lots of reviews to come soon. Just have to get my human to type them, she’s a bit slow at the moment. Any way today we get to chat with another children’s author.

Let’s meet Larry Potty…
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When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
I didn’t really decide. It just happened! I’ve written fun poems for family occasions for many years, but I guess things firmed up a bit when I attended a Creative Writing class called “Find Your Voice” about fifteen or so years ago. I’ve always been fascinated by the amazing variety of animals in our world and how unique each one is. So I wrote a poem called “The Tortoise”, which the class seemed to love and it just took off from there. My tutor said that I should perform them on the world famous Edinburgh Fringe, so I created the somewhat zany character Larry Potty to present them.
The biggest impact for me has not been writing the poems but the time spent trying to promote them (e.g. carrying out this interview!).

Promotion is the most fun, but also the most challenging. I love going to my human’s writing events!

Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
My recent ebook, “Larry Potty’s Animal Rhymes”, contains only some of the many animal poems I’ve written. I’ve got lots more animals up my sleeve (funny place to keep animals!).
The ebook has been highly praised, is easily affordable (only $0.99 in the USA) and is aimed at children aged from 4 to 7. Available from Amazon and the iBookstore, it has been described as “excellent” by award-winning, 6 million selling illustrator Korky Paul.
Brilliantly illustrated by Alex Pass, the amusing and educational ebook teaches children what makes each animal unique and special, stimulates their imagination and raises their awareness about the importance of animal conservation. Adults love the poems too! Being fairly short, it makes an excellent bedtime read.
See www.facebook.com/pottypublications for further details, including links to Amazon, the iBookstore, Kobo and B &N.
My motivation for producing the ebook was simply a feeling that children would enjoy hearing the poems and seeing the illustrations. Alex and I certainly aren’t in it for the money!

Watch this space for a review – coming soon!

What are your future aspirations as an author?
It would be good if Larry’s poems could be published in book form. I have approached a number of agents/publishers with no luck so far, coming close in a few cases. Any book would have to include more of Larry’s poems.

Good luck, it’s a hard road, but worth it!

Where do your ideas come from? What experiences or aspects of your life influence your writing?
I read up about various animals and pick the ones that I think are the most idiosyncratic. The poems usually come fairly easily after that. I suppose the main influence when I first started was having young grandchildren to amuse. Nowadays I just love reading the poems to any children aged from 4 to 7.

Animals are great inspirations!

What do you do to improve yourself as a writer?
I think attending Creative Writing classes helped greatly, by getting feedback from other would be writers.

That’s a great way to improve yourself.

Where can people contact you?
At crazylarrypotty@gmail.com or via www.facebook.com/pottypublications.

Do you read the reviews of your work and how do they affect your writing?
Yes, I do but I haven’t written anything since my ebook was published. Some time ago I paid a professional reviewer to do a detailed review of my poems and made a number of changes as a result.

For other authors who may be struggling what advice can you on handling rejection?
See the article on buzzfeed.com – “20 Brilliant Authors Whose Work Was Initially Rejected”!

That’s a great article, thanks for joining us here on Stitch Says. There will be a review posted soon – keep reading, keep writing!

Stitch Says and Chewie’s News #comingbacksoon

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We’re currently being puppy sat and taking a break from posting interviews, reviews and book blasts. That doesn’t mean we’ve stopped working though. Out human is busy reading, as are the two little humans so there will be some updates along the way. If we have one of your books we apologise for the delay, but it will get done.

If you are interested in our authors promoting authors ideas then feel free to email our human ashley@ahowland.org

Just remember it may take a while for us to get back to you. In the meantime read our guidelines and check out some of our previous posts.

Catch you all soon – keep reading, keep writing.

Stitch Says: Amberly Kristen Clowe author of Axel and Theo

Stitch here with an interview and a review:

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Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the lower middle grade book “Axel & Theo: My Dog is The Emperor of a Faraway Galaxy” by Amberly Kristen Clowe from June 22 to 28, 2015. This one is a great choice for reluctant readers!

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About the Book

Axel and Theo: My Dog is the Emperor of a Faraway Galaxy

Title: Axel & Theo: My Dog is the Emperor of a Faraway Galaxy | Author: Amberly Kristen Clowe | Publication Date: November 15, 2014 | Publisher: Smooth Sailing Press | Pages: 44 | Recommended Ages: 6to 10

Summary: Theodore Howard wants a white flag. The kind of white flag that will show Riverwood Elementary’s biggest bully, Theo’s given up on ever surviving the fourth grade, and achieving his dream of becoming a real-life astronaut. But, Theo’s seemingly pathetic future gets a glimmer of hope in the form of a very talkative weenie dog named Axel. Theo learns that his best friend on four legs, is actually an alien from the planet Doglin, and just when he begins warming up to the idea of having an alien for a best friend, Axel is kidnapped by two cats from the planet Catlat. Theo chases after Axel and his kidnappers, embarking on an adventure he could have never imagined.

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“When I saw the subheading of this book — My dog is the Emperor of a faraway galaxy, I knew I had to read it. After all, how often do you see a sci-fi kid’s book? Being the sci-fi nut that I am, I couldn’t pass this one up. I was not disappointed.”~ Shari T., Amazon

“Fun book!! The story is imaginative but told with enough familiar themes to make young ones think, “I can see how this could happen!!” And in a world jam-packed with princesses and girl power, it’s nice to see fun stuff for boys, too.” ~ Valerie S., Amazon

“What a nice story! Got this for my son and he chuckled through it all. He loved the characters and their adventure. He is looking forward to the next one.” ~ Nathalia G., Amazon

“It is a great book! My kids loved it (as did I).
I can’t wait for the second adventure!” ~ John, Amazon

 

About the Author: Amberly Kristen Clowe

Krissy-CloweAn avid story writer since elementary school, Amberly Kristen (Krissy) Clowe truly discovered her passion for writing after enrolling in a college, children’s literature class, where they read and analyzed children’s books. After completing her BA in early childhood education she began her teaching career.

“After my first year of teaching second grade, I had so many ideas swirling around in my head, I had to write. I might have gone crazy if I didn’t!” Clowe tells.

Axel & Theo is the first chapter book series written by Clowe, though she already has two other children’s picture books in print, and another due for publication in 2015. Today, her children provide the inspiration to her many stories, along with everything else she loves in life.

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Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Author Interview)

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Enter Here Canada (Excerpt)

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Hide-n-(Sensory)-Seeking (Review)

Cherry Mischievous (Excerpt)

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Rockin’ Book Reviews (Review)

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View From the Birdhouse (Review)

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Where Connor and JT Go (Review)

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Eloquent Articulation (Review)

We Are The DinoFamily (Review)

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Stitch Says (Review & Author Interview)

Heart of a Philanthropist (Review)

 

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We had the pleasure of chatting with Amberly Kristen Clowe, author of Axel & Theo My Dog is the Emperor of a Faraway Galaxy… Let’s hear what she had to say

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A dog who is also an emperor… that’s pretty cool. Chewie and I are super heroes so we love to read about other awesome dogs. Let’s hear what Amberly has to say:

When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
I had jotted down ideas here and there in college, but I seriously decided to pursue a writing career after my first year of teaching. Kids do and say hilarious and heartfelt things every day. This, coupled with the awesome job of reading books and books and more books, finally pushed me over the creative edge.
This decision has completely and forever changed my life. For a busy mother of two, I spend nap times and many evenings, brainstorming, outlining, furiously tapping away a plot, editing or marketing. It can be very consuming. I actually have to make myself turn that off sometimes, because I really do love it. I love creating crazy worlds, and I love how passionate kids become about the story and the characters. That’s some exciting stuff.

I love it when the kids act out new adventures of their favourite characters – Chewie and I get to play too!

Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
My latest published work is Axel and Theo: My Dog is the Emperor of a Faraway Galaxy. It’s my first published chapter book and the first in the Axel and Theo series. Theo, a fourth grade boy, who discovers his dog, Axel, is not only an alien, but actually the emperor of a distant galaxy. Axel is soon kidnapped by the story’s bad dudes, the cats, leaving Theo only one choice—to save his best friend. They meet some pretty wild space creatures, and throughout the journey, Theo realizes exactly what he’s made of.

My Review is also in this post, keep reading.

What are your future aspirations as an author?
I am excited to continue this series. Just this week, I wrapped up the initial draft of the second Axel and Theo book. It is now in the amazing hands of my wonderful editor. I have a picture book, releasing this year also. It’s titled Miss Clara Lily’s Gift. This one is super special to me. The story is about how we all have different gifts and, when used together, can create such beauty. I can’t wait for that one to be published. After that, we will just have to see. I really do love chapter books, so I will probably try to continue down that path. I also like the young adult genre, so who knows?—I may end up giving it a go.

Try it all!

Where do your ideas come from? What experiences or aspects of your life influence your writing?
My students inspired my first picture book, Katie Ling Fashion Queen. They’re passion for fashion was pretty contagious. My son and family inspired my second picture book, I Really Love You, Ava. This book really displays the love in a family. The Axel and Theo series stems from my love of science fiction and my history with animals. I grew up around goats, horses, chickens, cows, and, yes, especially dogs. Telling a cow about my day while I bottle fed her, was my most comfortable place. So the leap from talking to a dog to having a conversation with a dog, wasn’t a giant one for me to take.

Everyone should talk to their dog – we love to chat

What do you do to improve yourself as a writer?
I read, read and read more. That really seems to help my inner voice. I can also see what is marketable and what has been done. I’m a part of various online groups where we have open discussions about the publishing industry. I enjoy reading blogs by other authors and publishers. The help I have received through critique groups has also been invaluable.

It’s great to get help from other authors and of course to help others.

What are the names of your books?
Katie Ling Fashion Queen
I Really Love You, Ava
Axel and Theo: My Dog is the Emperor of a Faraway Galaxy

Where can people contact you?
www.amberlykclowe.yolasite.com
www.facebook.com/amberlykclowe
www.amberlykclowe.blogspot.com
www.twitter.com/AmberlyClowe

For other authors who may be struggling what advice can you on handling rejection?
First and foremost, stay true to what you enjoy. This may be a bit more of a struggle. For example, if you love, love, love to write picture books, do it, but do know it’s a pretty tough genre to break into. The best shot you have is to join critique groups and keep using constructive feedback to tweak your stories. Be patient and keep working away.

Excellent advice. Now here is my review of Axel and Theo

Axel and Theo: My Dog is the Emperor of a Faraway Galaxy by Amberly Kristen Clowe
Theo’s dog Axel is more than he seems, he is an alien from the planet Doglin. Axel takes Theo on an amazing adventure through space. This book is lots of fun. It is Science Fiction for kids, which is a great start. It was a weenie dog that is actually an Emperor and then there is Theo. He’s a character that many kids will understand. Then to cap it all off there is lots of adventure. Kids will enjoy this fun and exciting book.

Stitch Says gives it 4 woofs

So go and check it out today and enter the competition:

Thanks for joining us Amberly, keep writing, keep reading!

Stitch Says Author Interview: Kellie Wallace #Aussieauthor

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One of the best parts of winter is snuggling up and reading – well okay mum reads, I snuggle and that’s after a good run at the park. Anyway today we get to meet an Aussie Author – Kellie Wallace, let’s here what she has to say…

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When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
Being a writer has greatly improved my life. Its boosted my creativity, networking, writing ability. I never wanted to be a writer when I was a child and I kind of fell into it. I found out I loved it by chance and I haven’t stopped since!

Writing is certainly addictive.

Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
My latest work is called Edge of Tomorrow.

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It’s a new adult, dystopian novel set twenty years from now. I was on the Hunger Games bandwagon late and when I finished the trilogy, I wanted to write something just as epic.
Writing the novel was a challenge for me and took so much effort to put together. I’m proud of the outcome and hoping to turn into a trilogy.

That sounds great an it is on my review list so watch this space!

What are your future aspirations as an author?
For me, to get an agent and to become well known. Mostly, to live off my writing!

That’s a great aspiration, best of luck.

Where do your ideas come from? What experiences or aspects of your life influence your writing?
I get asked this question all the time from friends and family. I stem ideas from everything – movies, TV, songs, books, even billboards. My life doesn’t really influence my books, but what surrounds it does. But every author puts a little bit of themselves in their books so I guess my life does influence in some way.

Life experiences creep in no matter what we write.

What do you do to improve yourself and a writer?
Write, write, write!

Best advice yet!

What are the names of your books?
Darkness before Dawn, Skylark, Earthwalker, To lean on falling men, Edge of Tomorrow and Her Sweetest Downfall

Where can people contact you?
They can contact me on my website: www.kelliewallacebooks.com

For other authors who may be struggling what advice can you on handling rejection?
Don’t give up. Critics only make us stronger

Thanks for joining us here on Stitch Says Kellie. We look forward to reading your book and best of luck to you!

If you would like to be a part of Stitch Says email my human at ashley@ahowland.org in the meantime keep reading, keep writing!

Stitch Says: Interviews and Reviews #authorspromotingauthors

Hi, Stitch here,

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I’ve been chasing my brother Tug around the park and now it’s time to get reading. So if you have a children’s book and would like it reviewed or are an author and would like an interview then here’s what you do…
1. Contact my human at ashley@ahowland.org
2. Provide a copy of the book (Print, Mobi or PDF)
3. Answer the questions sent
4. Share and enjoy your post

Easy. I am currently reading a few children’s books, but the more I run the more I need to rest and that means reading.

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It takes my mind of dinner time… Would love to hear from you soon. Keep reading, keep writing!

Stitch Says Author Interview: Jennifer Kelman #childrensauthor

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We all know how much I love the beach, well one of the reasons is the other animals. We have seen seals surfing and dolphins diving! Today I bring you and author who has written a book about a dolphin. Let’s meet Jennifer Kelman

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What is the title of your book? The Disappearing Dolphins

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What is your book about?
A lovely tale of young twins on a “usual” trip to the beach. Today was different; Kevin’s great imagination was playing tricks on him, or was it? He believed that each time he looked up he saw beautiful dolphins springing into the air. He nudged his twin sister, Jackie, in the hope she would see it too, but each time she looked up, they were gone. Was Kevin left wondering? No, at the perfect moment, Jackie looked up to see the most wonderful sight…..five graceful dolphins shining in delight. The adventure continues as they board a boat and feed the dolphins. The tale is about imagination, trust, the sibling (twin) relationship and sticking to your beliefs. The illustrations bring this story to life and capture the beauty and wonderment of children and nature.

It sounds great, we are waiting for a copy to review. The kids are really excited!

Why did you decide to write it?
This story came tumbling from me after a few weeks of my twins being sick. Not feeling particularly creative, I began to weave this story and was truly surprised as I watched my kids begin to feel refreshed and happy. It was at that moment that we all decided together to make the story of The Disappearing Dolphins into a book.

Stories have magical powers!

How did you get your book published?
I am so happy to have had the pleasure to work with Outskirts Press. They have done a spectacular job in bringing it all to fruition.

What types of readers will be interested in your book?
This is a great story for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and teachers to read to their kids. Using fun and silly intonations while reading aloud, the listener can appreciate the frustration in Jackie and the desire in Kevin. This book appeals to 4-6 year olds and maybe a bit older as they read the book to themselves.

Miss 8 and Miss 6 can’t wait!

What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
The book is special because of the subtle messages…believe in yourself, imagine and it can be, the sibling (twin) relationship and the love of nature. It is special because the story is woven in such a way that highlights all of these aspects. The reader remains engaged and isn’t exactly sure if Jackie will ever see The Disappearing Dolphins. I believe that the illustrations by Michael Swaim, set this book apart from others. His gift is unparalleled.

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I am also in the process of co-writing a song, The Disappearing Dolphins, which will be available on ITunes, to complement the book. This song, a catchy, sing-a-long, is certain to stay stuck in your head all day long.

We love those songs. That’s a really great way to add to your book!

Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
This is my 3rd book. My first two belong to the Mrs. Pinkelmeyer book series.
I created two children’s characters; Mrs. Pinkelmeyer® and her lovable dog, Moopus McGlinden®. Together, they inspire self-esteem in children through their love, warmth and silliness. I have also created a full product line including a plush doll, a Moopus McGlinden stuffed animal, a music CD and 2 books. Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and Moopus McGlinden Burn the Rrrrump Rrrroast and Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and Moopus McGlinden Prance into New York City. Available on Amazon.com and www.MrsPinkelmeyer.com

I will continue to write and publish more books when the light of creativity strikes again.

Sounds like a great plan!

Thanks for joining us here on Stitch Says. We look forwards to reading your book soon. If you want to know more about Jennifer and her books go to:

Website address: www.TherapywithJK.com, www.Amazon.com/author/jenniferkelman, www.MrsPinkelmeyer.com,

Keep reading, keep writing!