The Kids Book Connection Got Tagged!!!

hove_outsideA talented author named Linda Thieman over at the Katie & Kimble blog tagged us today! That means that I have to play tag by answering a few little interview questions! Then I have to blog tag someone else! So, here are my answers and here are the bloggers I am tagging! I guess I’m it!  By the way, we reviewed the first two Katie & Kimble books here, so take a look at what they’re all about (Book 1 and Book 2).

1. Which words do you use too much in your writing?

If I could just stop using “just” when I’m writing I would just be thrilled.

2. Which words do you consider overused in stuff you read?

Tags such as “she said”, “he replied” and “she asked”.  Arg, give me an action tag for crying out loud!  Kids are smarter than we give them credit for.  Unless we’re talking books for children under the age of three, they’ll figure it out.

3. What are your other favorite blogs?

There are “just” so many!  🙂 I’ll have to limit myself to three.

Hook Kids on Reading by my friend and fellow G.A.P. author Margot Finke.  If you have a reluctant reader or know one, you need to check out this blog!

Just a Mom’s Take on Things by Deb Steenhagen.  In addition to being an excellent virtual blog tour host for Pump Up Your Book Promotion, Deb reviews books and runs numerous contests and giveaways at her blog.  You have to stop by there because it’s an amazing place!

The Crypto-Capers Review by Renee Hand.  Renee is one of my former clients, whose Crypto-Capers books we’ve also reviewed here.   This is an engaging and fun interactive children’s detective series where readers solve cryptograms to help the detectives solve the crimes.  Renee has spent the summer visiting libraries, reviewing children’s books, and creating Book 3 in the Crypto-Capers series, which is coming out soon.  You’ll want to stay plugged in to her blog so you don’t miss the new release!

4. Name a favorite word:

“Plethora”, meaning to be full or to have an abundance of.  I have a plethora of decorations for Christmas because it is my favorite holiday.

5. And a word you’re not so keen on:

 “Union”, when it is coupled with the word “credit”, as in a credit union.  I cannnot say these two words together.  I worked at two different credit unions when I was in my 20’s, and I was never able to speak these two words clearly when answering the phone.

A credit union is a financial institution where all the members  are shareholders who have voting power.

6. What would you like to improve about your writing and/or blog?

I would actually like to have more time for more own writing and to research interesting things to add here.

7. What’s your writing ambition?

To use the gifts God gave me to bring enjoyment to readers.

I now blog tag the following blogs / bloggers:

LadyD Books by piano teacher and book blogger Diane Rogers

On Words by children’s author Janet Ann Collins

Reviews by Donna from children’s and inspirational author Donna Shepherd

Rooter and Snuffle by children’s author Shari Lyle-Soffe


* The picture is of Hove Library in the U.K. where one of my fellow Little House on the Prairie chums works.