Interview with Kimberly Palmucci, Author of the Purr-fectly Series

Kimberly Palmucci is the author of the Purr-fectly series. She resides in New England with her husband, Dominick, and their cats, Meesta and Princess. Since adopting Meesta in 2011, Kimberly has been inspired to share a narrative of positivity about shelter pets seeking a second chance after overcoming adversity. Meesta is missing his back left leg; he is a three-legged cat, active, playful, and able in every way. His resilience, strength, and indomitable spirit inspired Kimberly’s mission to help animals and celebrate our differences. Regardless of where your story begins, who you are, or what makes you unique, everyone deserves a happy ending.

Author page: amzn.to/2PDZabO

Readers can also find Kimberly on Facebook and Instagram @kimberlypalmucci.

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

I started my career as a reporter before shifting into digital media. Writing has always been a passion of mine, but my journey as an author began with my love of animals. Inspired by Meesta’s story, I wrote my first book and have continued my creative journey ever since. I am passionate about our animals and believe that one person can make a world of difference.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I have loved writing since I was a kid myself. For me, writing is cathartic. It provides a way to express myself, an outlet to spread a narrative of positivity, and an opportunity to inspire the next generation of readers and writers.

Why did you decide to write stories for children?

Since adopting Meesta, I was inspired to share his story. Over the years, I began to realize that his story not only applies to shelter pets, but to anyone who feels different or overlooked. I chose to write this story for children because the uplifting messages enable parents and kids to start a conversation about being unique, being kind, and being unapologetically ourselves. I believe it’s important to begin this conversation at a young age when kids are most impressionable. I also love poetry and the opportunities it affords for youth engagement through rhyme scheme and other structural elements.

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

Not at all. For me, it’s all about using sensory language and putting a lot of thought into the themes of my books. Young minds are constantly absorbing information, and anything I introduce to them, I want to convey with a narrative that is vividly relatable. It’s important not to shy away from certain themes just because an audience is younger; you just have to craft it in a style tailored toward that audience. I did not want to write a book about “being different” and not have any sort of struggle or hardship for our main character, for example. Being different is beautiful and amazing, but it can also be hard. Omitting that struggle would be doing an injustice to the audience. I take that logic into every decision I make for the books, and it makes the entire process very enjoyable.

What is your favorite part of writing for young people?

Young readers are so creative and imaginative. They are open-minded, they are learning everything so quickly, and they observe the world in a way that is vastly different than we do as we get older. In my many conversations with youngsters, I’ve realized that they are also very perceptive to different themes. They are smart and they pick up on the smallest details. And they get REALLY excited about these small details, which never fails to give me a smile that matches those on the youthful faces.

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

My first book, Purr-fectly Lucky, was released a little over a year ago. I just released my latest book, Purr-fectly Wise, in March. This book is a prequel to the first story and follows the journey of the Wise Cat, a character from book one who readers grow to love for his kindness and wisdom. Featuring such themes as overcoming loss and hardship, the book shares positive messaging about the joy senior pets can bring to our lives.

What inspired you to write it?

Purr-fectly Wise was inspired by my own two dogs who I watched grow from energetic puppies into wise senior pets who offered endless love and loyalty at all stages of their lives. After my first book was released, readers wanted to know more about the Wise Cat’s background and journey that ultimately brought him to the shelter. After a few months of repeatedly being asked about his backstory, I started thinking…this could be an opportunity to share a story about senior pets. They are often overlooked in shelter or rescue environments for a variety of reasons, but knowing the absolute joy my own dogs brought me at all stages of their lives, I felt compelled to write the Wise Cat’s story. Readers get to learn a little more about why and how the Wise Cat had such profound words to offer, in addition to his own mindset when he made the decision to reach out and help Lucky.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

Both books are available on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Purr-fectly-Lucky-Kimberly-Palmucci/dp/1984364804

https://www.amazon.com/Purr-fectly-Wise-Kimberly-Palmucci/dp/1798401525

What is up next for you?

I am working with my illustrator currently; we are more than halfway done with illustrations for the third book in the Purr-fectly series—Purr-fectly Home—which is slated for release in June. This book is the sequel to Purr-fectly Lucky and follows Lucky years after he was adopted…as well as a new friend who comes into his life, another three-legged cat named Princess! This book brings the series full circle.

Do you have anything else to add?

Write your story. Share it with everyone you know; you matter, your voice matters, your stories are meaningful, and you can inspire others through your words, no matter who you are, where you’re from, or what makes you special and different. Also, I wrote my books with the intention of not only spreading positive messaging, but also raising donations for non-profits that support children and animals. I donate one third of my sales and will continue to do that always. As readers, every time you purchase one of my books, you are also making a donation to a non-profit, including local animal rescues and organizations that benefit kids!

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

What is That Strange Noise? by Karen Carr & Piper Andersen

What would you do if you heard strange noises coming from the back of your car? Well, Piper and Grandma play this fun game, which when turned into a book, is a bunch of noisy and zany fun.

What is That Strange Noise? by Karen Carr & Piper Andersen is such a silly and entertaining book that you can’t help but enjoy it. Based upon a game the author and her granddaughter play, Grandma hears strange noises coming from the back seat of her car. Little Piper shares the names of each animal, one by one, asking for permission for the animals to join them along their journey. Soon the car is filled with a variety of animals, making it a delightful trip indeed.

The illustrations from one of my favorite artists, K. C. Snider, make What is That Strange Noise? even more of a joy to share with your youngster. They will truly want to read this book over and again. It might even inspire some made up games of their own.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
Paperback: 16 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing (April 17, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616339713
ISBN-13: 978-1616339715

I received a digital copy from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

The Adventures of Riley & Elfy by E. Matheson

The Adventures of Riley & Elfy by E. Matheson is an adorable collection of children’s stories centered around friendship. Mysterious Scottish animals, Riley and Elfy have lived on faraway Scottish islands since ancient times, but no one seems to know much about them or that they exist. In this collection, Riley and Elfy make friends with creatures they meet along the way and share some great adventures.

If your children love animals, fantasy or adventure stories, then The Adventures of Riley & Elfy is a great choice. Told in the present tense, your youngster will enjoy following Riley and Elfy along. Though I can’t say I am a huge fan of present tense in children’s stories, it works well here. What truly makes this book are the stunning illustrations by G. B. Serafica. They are too beautiful even to describe.

My one challenge with this collection is the different grammar style was a total distraction. It’s probably not cost-effective, but if you’re publishing and selling in the States, it’s better to use our standards than those across the pond. The editor in me was twitching the entire time.

If you’re looking for an animal-filled adventure to share, The Adventures of Riley & Elfy is great fun.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

File Size: 30487 KB
Print Length: 28 pages
Publisher: ASJ Publishing (July 8, 2018)
Publication Date: July 8, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07FCT36V7

I received a digital copy from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

New from Guardian Angel Publishing

During the Ming Dynasty lived a young Chinese girl, Li-Hua or Li-Li for short. Her merchant/trader father was wealthy enough to support three wives and their children. Li-Li, born to his Third Wife, was his youngest and most curious child. ‘Li-Hua’ means ‘pear blossom’, but when mysterious thefts occur, Li-Li should have been named ‘Zhentan’—the word for detective.

Joshua and his son earnestly seek The Good Shepherd. The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes at the Sermon on the Mount convinces them to become the first to spread the good news to family and friends.

Lonnie the lawnmower has a bad habit of blowing a gasket whenever things don’t go his way. He was constantly throwing temper tantrums and blowing off steam until his friend helped him discover a way to stay calm. An excellent resource to help little ones struggling to regulate their emotions.

A little white fluffy dog runs around loose in Destiny Park until he meets Steve, the hotdog man. The tiny dog is hungry and needs a friend. Steve is lonely and needs a friend, too. So together, they become best buds.

If you want a solution to help with pollution, here’s a suggestion– Don’t give a Tiger Shark indigestion! When you throw away lotion, do not toss it in the ocean. If it’s plastic, if it’s metal, a Tiger Shark does not care. He will eat whatever it is; anyplace, anywhere!

For these and other books by Guardian Angel Publishing, please visit their website at www.guardianangelpublishing.com

 

Drewsilla the Shelter Puppy by Karen Carew Oakes

If you like cute animal stories, you’ll want to grab a copy of Drewsilla the Shelter Puppy by Karen Carew Oakes.

After an accident leaves Drewsilla and her siblings orphaned, they are brought to the local shelter by a kind stranger. One after the other gets adopted, until the only one left is Drewsilla. Every time someone visits the shelter, she hides. Until the day the Johnsons walk in.

Drewsilla the Shelter Puppy is a touching story of how a shelter puppy finds her forever home. There are a lot of neat aspects to this story. It highlights the kindness of strangers, the hard work of shelter volunteers, and the difference it can make to humans and animals when a special bond is created. Not only would this be a heartwarming story to share with children, it would also be an entertaining way to introduce young people to what is involved in puppy care.

This truly is a sweet story.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Grade Level: 4 – 6
Paperback: 26 pages
Publisher: Archway (September 29, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1480864692
ISBN-13: 978-1480864696

I received a digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

The Boy and the Egg by Ellen Delange

A boy finds an abandoned egg and decides to take care of it. He wonders what is growing inside. Could it be the friend he has in mind?

A sweet story about caring and dealing with expectations. For children ages 4 and up,and for everyone who’s curious!

Age Range: 4 – 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Clavis (February 1, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605374601
ISBN-13: 978-1605374604

Purchase here!

Interview with Chelsea Walker Flagg, Author of Tinsey Clover

Chelsea Walker Flagg is an award-winning, best-selling author of adult and children’s books alike. She’s very passionate about encouraging kids to write, and even helps them publish their own books. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and three practically perfect daughters. She also lives at https://chelseaflagg.com. You can follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/chelseaflagg, Instagram at https://twitter.com/chelseaflagg and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/chelseawalkerflagg.

When did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. Back in second grade, I’d bring in little stories I’d written (mostly about cats) to my classroom and beg my teacher to let me read them to the class. Things didn’t stop there. I wrote my first novel in middle school, although I sadly never published it. My life continued along and I fell into the trap of people telling me writing was a worthless occupation. I bounced around from job to job, and always found myself gravitating toward the writing piece of any project. Finally, I took the leap and allowed myself to really call myself a writer. I haven’t looked back once.

What is this book about?

TINSEY CLOVER is the story of a little elfin girl in the Icelandic Bungaborg Forest. She feels frustrated because her corner of the forest isn’t allowed to leave or interact with anyone else. Using her great math skills, some quirky magic, and some unlikely new friends, Tinsey goes on an adventure to learn that sometimes things aren’t quite what they seem.

What inspired you to write it?

Kids listen, you know? Whether we think they do or not, they hear about the exclusion and segregation in our world these days. I just thought a story about a spunky little girl rising above stuff like that to make a difference in her own life would be a breath of fresh air. An inspiration that all kids can be a little light, no matter how small they are.

Who is your favorite character from the book?

I feel a very special place in my heart for Tinsey, because I think she is me in a lot of ways. Most of my young readers have really loved Sky, the bunny rabbit who’s way too fluffy for his own good, though.

Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?

You can find TINSEY CLOVER online at Amazon. It’s also available on Barnes and Noble, and a few Colorado bookstores right now. (More to come!)

What is one piece of advice you would like to share with aspiring authors everywhere?

KEEP WRITING! It’s the same advice I try to give every single kid I encounter. There have always been plenty of people along the way who discourage writers or convince them it’s not a worthwhile activity. Those people are lying to you. If you’re passionate about writing, keep writing. You will find so much power, self-awareness, and joy when you put your words down on paper. And no, it’s never going to be perfect. And yes, some people won’t care for your style or your stories, but that doesn’t matter. Write. Anyway. I can’t emphasis that enough.

What is up next for you?

I’m excited to get pen to paper on a TINSEY CLOVER sequel! I’m equally excited to announce my intention to set up a service to help young writers publish their own books! Follow me for more information on that soon.