Meet Children’s Author Anne K. Edwards

Anne K. Edwards lives on a small Pennsylvania farm with a very tolerant husband and a band of domineering, critical, cats that expect instant obedience of their two humans.  The only free time Anne has to write is when they are all asleep.  Of course, there is always one cat sleeping on the monitor table to keep an eye on her.  The duty roster for that job changes daily or even hourly, and it is a highly prized position as the winner can get petted as wanted, held as deemed necessary, or block Anne’s vision of the screen to take a bath or stand up to look out the window though it is at eye-level. When she can escape their scrutiny, Anne likes to shop or meet new people, especially anyone interested in writing or reading. Website:  http://www.AnneKEdwards.com

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Thank you for joining us today, Anne. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself? 

I won’t start with the day I was born because I don’t remember it, but jumping to ages 5 and 6, that’s when I discovered the world of books.  As I learned to read, I fell in love with books – any that I could read. Back then I had plenty of time to read and devoured every one I could get my hands on.  When I got my much prized library card at 8 years old, I weekly carried five books home and returned them faithfully for a new load as soon as I could.  I realized as I got older, that reading was a form of escapism. I lived in all those worlds but I had no favorite author and I disliked intensely being forced to read books considered suitable for a child. I found them dull and repetitive so I sought permission to read others. The teachers gave me permission as long as I turned in a book report.  I’ll always be grateful to those kind women.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I was trying my hand at writing in the third grade when we had to write a paragraph about something or someone we knew.  I wrote about my step grandfather’s cow and earned an ‘A’.  I was so pleased that I began to write other things just for the fun of it.  I was too shy though to ask the teachers to read what I wrote.  It wasn’t until I turned eleven that I wrote what I thought were good stories that I could send to the Saturday Evening Post and other magazines of the day.  The anticipation of getting paid to write was on my list of expectations. I wanted to buy a swimming pool for our yard.  I never got the pool so that tells the success of my being published then.  But I wouldn’t have traded that hope for anything else.  It kept me writing.

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Why did you decide to write stories for children?

I never planned on writing for children as I enjoy working in all the traditional adult genres.  Nothing extreme, however. I wrote the type of story I enjoyed reading.  But, that changed when the idea of a book about how a child could think for himself when they were facing a problem.  The problem in Dominick and the Dragon became a hungry dragon that Dominick had to outsmart to get home.  These tales are based on “What would happen if…”  and I find that a good way to begin thinking of a plot for other children’s books that I might write.

Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience?

The answer would be, no. Bur I am speaking only from my own perspective and the type of stories I write. Other authors may not agree as they are published by large presses or a well-known online press that specializes in this genre.  I write the book, editing as the book forms and reread it several times afterward.  I write for the fun of it and don’t take myself foo seriously which is why I don’t consider it any harder than writing a book for adults.

What is your favorite part of writing for young people?

Making up the story and trying to keep humor in it.  I count it a success if it makes me laugh, at least once or am pleased with the satisfaction of a child’s success in facing down a problem.

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

I have a new book in progress, the second in the dragon series.  The motive is different in this tale as Dominick helps the dragon with his problem. Hopefully it will be ready for release in the fall of next year as it takes time for the artist to do his wonderful work.

What inspired you to write it?

To be honest, the story is based on my favorite holiday of the year and I remember the anticipation of that season. I wondered ‘what if…’ the dragon didn’t know anything about holidays and the story quickly took shape.

Where can readers purchase a copy.

When the book is published, it will appear on Amazon Kindle as the other two are.

What is up next for you?

I am presently working on a long short story and a mystery that need finishing.  Once they are done, I have another children’s story to work on.  My ideas often exceed the time and energy I have to work on them, so I’ll  slog through them, one at a time.

Do you have anything else to add?

I can’t think of anything much else to say except, if one reads my children’s tales, I hope they enjoy them as much as I did in writing them.  That is the best reward for any author.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Anne. We wish you much success.

I enjoyed the opportunity to talk with you and I’d like to say how much I appreciate it. Thank you for letting me join you.

Changing Places, by Anne K. Edwards
Age level: 4-8
Price: $1.99
Pages: 14
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Changing Places. A black cat named Whiskers encounters a snake that has lost his home when he goes outside to see the world.

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Dominick and the Dragon, by Anne K. Edwards

Age level: 4-8

Price: $1.99

Pages: 42

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Synopsis 

Dominick is a little boy fascinated by dragons. When he finally meets one named Elvis that wants to eat everything, including him, he has to find a way to outsmart him. His adventure proves a boy can be smarter than a dragon.

 

Happy Independence Day!

 

Wanted to take a minute from our vacation on the Outer Banks to wish all my fellow Americans a happy and safe Independence Day. Thank you to all those who serve(d) our country and their families. God bless you all and God bless America.

Click the link below for some Independence Day history.

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/july-4th

Interview with Chidren’s Author Michelle Nott

Press photo (2)Michelle Nott holds undergraduate degrees in French Education and Creative Writing and a M.A. in French with a concentration in Surrealism. Before becoming an author, Michelle Nott was a French teacher (pre-K to university levels) in the U.S., worked for a French company in Paris and an art gallery in NYC. She has also edited and written articles for numerous on-line and print magazines in the American and European markets.

In 2004, Michelle moved to Belgium. When she noticed that her daughters’ book collection included more French titles than English ones, she decided to write stories for them herself. Many of these early stories can be found on her blog Good Night, Sleep Tight where she also reflects on raising Third Culture Kids.

In 2015, Michelle and her family returned to the U.S. But with American and French citizenship, they travel to Europe regularly. Their favorite places include the French Alps, the Belgian countryside, and the Cornish coast in the UK. Her family’s life and adventures prove to be great inspiration for her stories.

Freddy, Hoppie and the Eyeglasses is Michelle’s first book for children. Her future children’s books are represented by Essie White at Storm Literary Agency. She is a member of SCBWI, Children’s Book Insider and Houston Writer’s Guild.

Links to your site/blog/FB and Twitter:

www.authormichellenott.com

www.gn-st.com

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Thank you for joining us today, Michelle. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

I grew up in Ohio, but as soon as I graduated from high school, I started to travel. I have travelled to and/or lived in seven states and 15 countries.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

Freddy and Hoppie Cover Art (1).jpgI was bit hard in third grade and that bug has been itching ever since. My teacher had assigned us to write a fictional story that the room mothers transformed into “real books” with scraps of fabric and cut up cereal boxes. When I saw the final product, I knew that being an author was what I wanted to be.

Why did you decide to write stories for children?

I wrote mainly short stories and poetry throughout college and beyond, but always wanted to write for children. Yet, I couldn’t find the right inspiration or words until I had my own children. Their lives have sparked even more inspiration than I could possibly write about!

Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience?

I think writing any book is hard work. But I will say that writing for children is extra challenging because the word count and the word choice are much more limiting.

What is your favorite part of writing for young people?

I love being able to get into a child’s mind again and relive the excitement and the innocence of every day adventures.

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

My latest book out in stores now is an early reader, Freddy, Hoppie and the Eyeglasses, about a young boy named Freddy who is has problems at school, gets headaches, and experiences a bit of bullying all because of his eyesight. With the help of his imaginary frog, Hoppie, he find the courage to tell his mom something is wrong.

What inspired you to write it?

The book of Freddy was inspired by my youngest daughter when she was prescribed eyeglasses. Freddy’s story is very different from hers as her vision problems were noticed at a routine check-up. As she had never complained about not being able to see, I wondered how many children do not even realize they may have a problem. My hope was to write a story, not just about vision problems, but about a child struggling with an issue, any issue, and who needs to find a way to tell a trusted adult.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

Readers can purchase Freddy, Hoppie and the Eyeglasses on my publisher’s website, on Amazon, or request it at any bookstore. 

What is up next for you?

I recently signed with Essie White at Storm Literary Agency who will be representing my future picture books. I am very excited to see where this next venture takes me and my stories.

As far as what I’m currently writing, I’m working on revisions for a middle grade magical realism story that takes place in Belgium, where I lived for over 11 years.

Do you have anything else to add?

Thank you so much for having me. It’s been a pleasure.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Michelle Nott. We wish you much success.

 

Discount of the day: Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat series, Book 1) only $.99!

Title: Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat series, Book 1)

Author: Zoe Kalo

Genre: YA mythological fantasy/paranormal

Word count: 93,000 words / 330 pages

Official Launch: May 1, 2016

Amazon purchase link:http://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Sun-Cult-Cat-Book-ebook/dp/B01DRDUQW8

Only $.99 until Wednesday May 11th(regular price $4.99)

Get your copy on Kindle today!

Daughter of the Sun, Book 1 – blurb

Sixteen-year-old Trinity was born during a solar eclipse and left at the doorsteps of a convent along with a torn piece of papyrus covered with ancient symbols. Raised by nuns in the English countryside, she leads a quiet life until she’s whisked away to the Island of Cats and a grandmother she never knew.

But before they can get to know each other, her grandmother dies. All that Trinity has left is a mysterious eye-shaped ring. And a thousand grieving cats. As Trinity tries to solve the enigma of the torn papyrus, she discovers a world of bloody sacrifices and evil curses, and a prophecy that points to her and her new feline abilities.

Unwilling to believe that any of the Egyptian gods could still be alive, Trinity turns to eighteen-year-old Seth and is instantly pulled into a vortex of sensations that forces her to confront her true self—and a horrifying destiny.

What readers are saying….

“This was an amazing story!” –Hot Off the Shelves

“This book was so super good! Great writing, great characters, great plot. Very immersive reading experience.” –Awesome Book Assessment

“Wow- this book was a stunning, magnificent adventure! Very well written and full of intricate details, I was immediately drawn in and just absolutely did not want to put this one down… The intrigue just leaves you racing through the pages to find out what will happen next! I absolutely, completely enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see what happens in the next one!” –The Recipe Fairy

“The way [Zoe Kalo] writes cats into the book is astounding. Every little quirk, mew and lick is incredibly authentic. I love it when a writer is skilled at writing about the animals in the character’s story, it makes it more warm and fuzzy, no pun intended.” –Samantha Writes

“Daughter of the Sun is an intriguing young adult mythology read full of mystery, magic, action, and history… [it] kept me flipping pages like an addict.” –Fishing for Books

“Oh my God. This is definitely a ‘something.’ This concept and the plot is soooo unique and weird and fascinating that I did not want to put this down. I literally breezed through this one…. This book was an overdose of kitty love.” –Grape Fruit Books

“If you are looking for a Young Adult Fantasy book that is different from the norm, then look no further. Daughter of the Sun is full of Egyptian mythology, with layer upon layer of mystery just waiting to be uncovered.” –Archaeolibrarian

About the Author

A certified bookworm, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery…

A daughter of adventurous expats, she’s had the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learning 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. Currently, she’s working on a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature, which she balances between writing, taking care of her clowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir.

Connect with Zoe Kalo on the web: www.ZoeKalo.com /Facebook / Twitter