Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Green Children earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Deep within the forest of Ballybogey lies a world so lovely, so entirely enchanting that one can scarcely imagine it. Therein dwells a host of fantastic beings called Otherfolk.  The Otherfolk are unlike any people our world has ever known.  Sure, there have been whispers of strange happenings and unusual beings, but few people can truly attest to their existence.  So when two green children wander away from their home in Ballybogey, it stands to reason that people in the village nearby might be curious.  But when curiosity and greed get the best of the situation, things may turn dire for our little green friends.

Kenny Chumbley and Jim McGuiggan have teamed up to pen an outstanding children's picture book about the incredible bond that exists between the truest of friends.  Interspersed within this tale is an underlying message that if we're not careful, sometimes we may allow fear of others who are different from us to cloud our judgment.  Eloquently penned and exquisitely told, The Green Children has much to offer young readers in this engaging tale which resonates with a powerful message of unconditional love.  

The Green Children comes highly recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Nosey's Wild Ride, by Martha Driscoll, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Four young friends decide to take a trip together on the Belle of Louisville, a Mississippi River steamboat.  But when they spot a stray cat on the gangway, what they believed would be a leisurely outing turns into a wild ride.  The cat, which they name "Nosey" takes the four friends all around the magnificent boat as they witness the mischevous cat getting into all sorts of trouble.

As young readers get caught up in the excitement, they are introduced to various parts of the boat along with some interesting steamboat facts and terminology.   Fascinating details, such as how the boat's calliope operates, are skillfully woven into this whimsical tale which is sure to be a hit with young audiences.  Illustrations by Susan Andra Lion include fun depictions of Nosey and his new friends as well as interesting diagrams showing the parts of the boat that keep it operating smoothly.   Author Martha Driscoll's Nosey's Wild Ride is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Greg's Second Adventure in Time, by C.M. Huddleston, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Greg, a bright, inquisitive and extremely talkative young boy, is not at all pleased when his family moves to Kentucky for his father's job.  He would prefer to be spending his summer with his best friend, Rose.   But instead, his mom has volunteered him to participate in an 18th century reenactment in which he must wear a period costume that is far from comfortable. 

Greg has traveled in time before, but he's not quite sure how.  So, when he finds himself once again back in time, surrounded by five Indians with tomahawks and war paint, he's not entirely sure what to make of the situation. Having learned a thing or two from his previous time travel experiences, he's less afraid and better equipped to maintain a sense of calm as he faces the Indians who have just killed and scalped a man bearing a satchel with letters dated from the summer of 1778.  


Author C.M. Huddleston's Greg's Second Adventure in Time brings history to life as Greg explores our country's new frontier in colonial Kentucky.  Action and adventure abound in this deliciously entertaining read that is likely to spur a keen interest in young readers, as history takes center stage in the continuation of this delightful series.  This book is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Thistle Downe, by Molly and Gary Whitney, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Tyson, a young troll, has had his share of hardships since the day he was born.  After Tyson's mother died in childbirth all his father could see when he looked at his son was the face of the woman he had so dearly loved.  Gareth, Tyson's father, became extremely bitter and heartless, blaming the boy for the loss of his beloved wife.  Gareth took Tyson away to a cave in the woods where they lived a life of isolation nearby a small village.  Gareth, turning to a life of thievery,  began robbing from the villagers and passers-by at a bridge near their home.  The embittered troll rarely showed Tyson any love or affection.  Thankfully for the boy troll, his mother had passed on to him the greatest gift of all, the gift of a positive disposition, and a wonderfully radiant smile.  Following an incident at the bridge, Tyson is informed his father has been killed.  Sad and alone, Tyson leaves the home of his youth to find a new place to call home.  Despite many obstacles, most notably the fact that  trolls are not liked by most in the village, Tyson sets his mind to better himself and ultimately to earn the respect of the father of a beautiful fairy with whom Tyson has fallen deeply in love.

Thistle Downe is an enchanting tale of trolls and fairys which is sure to cultivate the imaginations of young readers.  Rife with powerful messages of love, forgiveness and the underlying lesson of overcoming obstacles through kindness and determination, this book will charm readers of all ages.  Authors Molly and Gary Whitney's Thistle Downe is a wonderfully crafted story which keeps readers engaged from beginning to end.  Youngsters will be inspired by Tyson and his determination, above all, to always do what is right, even when the outcome may not be in his favor.

Highly recommended for home and school libraries, Thistle Downe has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Author Spotlight, Dr. Nicole Audet on her award winning titles


WHEN DID YOU FIRST KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A WRITER? 
My journey as a writer began in parallel with my career as a family medicine doctor. I was always fascinated by picture books. The dream of becoming an author has always been tucked away in a safe place since childhood. After reading Dr. Jacques Ferron’s tales and novels, I knew I wanted to be a writer as well as a doctor. My education and aspirations were dedicated to these two fields. My medical career has allowed me to complete my Master’s degree in medical pedagogy and later to teach family medicine at the Montreal University. While avidly pursuing my medical career, I also wrote numerous medical articles and books and became Editor-in-Chief of the French medical magazine, "Le Médecin Du Québec."  
AS A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU ASPIRE TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? 
When I was a child, I used to go to public libraries. I wished I could write my own books. My dad gave me my first writers’ kit. I first collected well-written sentences from my favorite books. Then, I wrote short stories. If my sister could have given me a nickname, she would have chosen "Liar." Fortunately, my mother loved my work. In high school, a French teacher told me that I could be a writer if I worked hard at it. In College, another teacher encouraged me to never stop pursuing my dream of becoming a writer. Nevertheless, both had warned me that it would be very challenging.  
HOW DID YOU GET THE IDEA FOR YOUR AWARD WINNING TITLE Are You Eating My Lunch?/Manges-tu mon lunch?
All my books are dedicated to my children, nephews and nieces. I needed one for Xavier, my youngest grandchild born deaf and suffering of a congenital facial palsy. I wanted to inspire him to read books, as he can’t hear like others. I wanted to write the best book I could for him. He was so happy to have his name in a book. For both of us, it was a fabulous moment. 
HOW DID YOU GET THE IDEA FOR YOUR AWARD WINNING TITLE? Strike At Charles’ Farm/Grève à la ferme de Charles 
When I wrote this book, the Quebec nurses where on strike, doctors were complaining and nobody was happy. A child asked me what a strike was. This question from a child inspired me to write the picture book. As I was not able to find a publisher, I translated it and self-published it. Mylène Villeneuve’s illustrations are hilarious and the message on responsibilities is easy to understand and discuss with children. 
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR AWARD WINNING TITLES:
Are You Eating My Lunch?/Manges-tu mon lunch? is a picture book of less than 300 words written in French and English. I like the pace and poesy of this short story. This book is ideal for a first reader as the sentences are easy to read and help to build a child’s self-confidence in his reading skills.
In Strike at Charles’ Farm/Grève à la ferme de Charles the animals complain about their duties on the farm. Mylène Villeneuve did a fabulous job illustrating their concerns. I always laugh when I see these illustrations. 
IN WHAT WAY DO YOU FEEL YOUR CHARACTERS RELATE TO YOU PERSONALLY?
As in Are You Eating My Lunch?, when I have a question I will look for the answer until I find it. 
Just like Charles, in Strike At Charles’ Farm, when all my colleagues where on strike I stayed positive and tried to find a win-win solution. For me, being on strike is not the best solution to today's problems. 
WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HOPE READERS WILL GLEAN FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOKS? 
The purpose of Are You Eating My Lunch? is to make reading fun for kids. I wish this book would become a classic as a first picture book. Winning Best First Picture Book with Literary Classics will help me achieve this goal. 
After reading Strike At Charles’ Farm, children and their parents may have a great discussion about family values and responsibilities.  
Both books should improve vocabulary and educate children on their favorite topic; animals. If a child reaches the last page of my books and requests to read another one, I will have succeeded as a writer to impact his life.
TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A WRITER: 
After waiting many years to be published I was invited by my editors to the Quebec International Book Fair to sign my first four published books. As this was my hometown, my sick mother was able to visit the booths. A few months later, she died of cancer after having made me promise to publish more books. 
WHICH AUTHOR HAS MOST GREATLY INFLUENCED YOUR WRITING STYLE? 
I am inspired by Walt Disney.  In his tradition I give life to inanimate objects and to magical characters that engage children and help them to develop their reading and critical thinking skills. 
WHAT BOOK HAS HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE? 
I read Stephen King’s book On Writing over five times. The famous writer tell us that editors rejected his work many times before selling his first bestselling book Carrie. He also shares with us the most important tips about writing. The most difficult one is to engage readers by always telling the truth, which is not an easy job for a novelist. 
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST LITERARY ACCOMPLISHMENT? 
In 2012, I published a color illustrated peer-reviewed health guide. In this book, readers learn how to react to the most 50 frequent symptoms and minor traumas. It took me three years to write and publish this book. More than 135,000 copies have been sold which is a huge success in the small Quebec market. 
As a second important accomplishment, last year, I won the Readers’ Favorite Bronze medal for my book Parents for Sale. It inspired me to produce my first audiobook. The Authors Show has also selected me as one of the 2015 Great Writers You Should Be Reading. 
WHAT OTHER BOOKS HAVE YOU PUBLISHED?  
Parents for Sale  audiobook
Books written in French  
Félix et Boubou (Young boy with his magic doctor’s suitcase)
La gastroentérite de Léa (Léa has Gastroenteritis) 
La chasse aux poux (Hunting Lice) 
L’otite de Lucas (Lucas has an Otitis) 
La varicelle de Sabrina (Sabrina has Chickenpox) 
Les allergies de Gabriel (Gabriel has Allergies) 
Le bras cassé de Charles (Charles has a Broken Arm) 
Un vaccin pour Joëlle (A vaccine for Joëlle) 
La magie du corps humain (The Magical Human Body) 
Votre Guide Santé Info (Your Health Guide)  More than 135,000 copies sold
La fée des biscuits (Cookies fairy) A Christmas tale published with 12 other authors 
Accomplice to the Last Breath a very special story that I hold dear to my heart because it tells of the last hours of my daughter-in-law who died of lung cancer. 
DO YOU HAVE ANY WRITING RITUALS? 
I write after work, always in the same chair in our living room. When I write, I focus on my work. It may take me six months to write a picture book.
HOW DID YOU GET PUBLISHED? 
In the Province of Quebec, I first published medical books and peer-reviewed scientific articles. One of these books won prestigious international awards. Then I became the Editor-in-Chief of a French medical magazine for three years. This experience helped me understand book marketing and networking among traditional publishers.  
An editor asked me to write a Health Guide. This book was a special order. Meanwhile I wanted to publish children’s books so I wrote them both. I submitted my books to many editors. In Quebec, you don’t need to have an agent to be published. It took a year to receive an offer from Boomerang to publish the first 2 books of the series "Félix and Boubou." All my books became bestsellers. I had many television and radio interviews. Nonetheless, I was not able to sell my chapter book Parents for Sale nor my two picture books. I decided to translate them before self-publishing them. In 2015, all these books won more than fifty international awards and honorable mentions. 
WHAT OTHER AWARDS HAVE YOU WON FOR YOUR BOOKS? 
In the last year, I've won many awards for my children books and stories. 
Mom’s Choice Award Silver 
Story Monster Approved 
Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal 
Pinnacle Book Award 
New York Book Festival 
Hollywood Book Festival 
Animals, Animals, Animals Book Festival 
Canadian Mimi Dibinsy Short Medical Story 
Purple Dragonfly Book Award 
I also won the First Paris Medical and Pharmacist Book Award and The Quebec First Prize for Medical Book with a group of doctors for a textbook on Clinical Epidemiology and Statistics. 
CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE PROCESS OF BECOMING PUBLISHED AND ANY TIPS YOU MIGHT OFFER FOR OTHER ASPIRING AUTHORS? 
My first medical and non-fiction books were publishers’ commands. When I decided to publish children’s books, I had to work very hard to get published. Being a medical doctor helped me as I had written and sold many medical non-fiction books. The concept of a magical doctor’s suitcase was new. Editors like new concepts and renowned authors. It helped me get published. Marketing focused on my medical background. 
CAN YOU OFFER ANY ADVICE FOR WRITERS ON HOW BEST TO PROMOTE THEIR BOOK? 
My messages to young authors is to dream big, keep focused and hire experts for editing and market themselves more than their books. The marketing process starts before producing the book. Cover design, format, and retail price all influence sales. Having a website to promote the author is a must in the book market. Publishing a blog helps a lot if you have time to publish on a regular basis. 
After publishing a book, submit it to as many contests, bloggers and reviewers as possible. Winning an award is one of the most effective ways to build a writers’ credibility. Agents and publishers look for award winning authors. 
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR READERS? 
My true intentions regarding being a writer is to inspire children to read, to set their imaginations free and to encourage good decision-making regarding health, safety and moral responsibility. Writing children’s books is a way for me to give back and be a positive resource for the community. It is a way I can positively express myself while being a positive role model for both children and parents. These are a few small steps toward making the world a better place. I hope that my books inspire children to set their minds free and to work to make the world a better place. I am honored to have this dream come true and will continue to work and create stories for children that motivate and inspire them. 
DO YOU HAVE ANY NEW BOOKS IN THE WORKS? 
I am on my way to finishing two manuscripts for young readers and their parents. The themes are how to get rid of pacifiers and toilet-training children. Andara will publish the first two books of this new series next year. 
I have more than 10 unpublished children’s book manuscripts waiting for an agent or a publisher.  
The English translation of the first book of my popular French series Félix and Boubouwill be available very soon as an eBook. More details will be published on my Website www.DrNicoleBook.com 

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Cruel Romance, by Marina Osipova, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Serafima is a young girl full of hope for her future.  Vitya, a Soviet officer, is her heart's desire and he is soon off to war. Not long after Vitya's departure, two German soldiers occupy Serafima's home where she and her mother are forced into servitude.  Now living in their barn, with scarcely enough food to survive, they must cook, clean and wash for their captors.  

Despite the atrocities endured by Serafima and her mother, there are moments when the women experience an occasional kindness proferred by the younger of the two soldiers.

In this heart-rending novel readers experience life through the eyes of a young girl whose fierce determination helps bring her through the darkest of hours.  A revealing glimpse into a way of life, and a culture predicated upon spirituality, moral convictions and above all, pride, The Cruel Romance is a work of historical fiction which will resonate with readers long after the last page is turned.  

LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Author Spotlight, Pamela Woods-Jackson on her Award Winning Book



WHEN DID YOU FIRST KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A WRITER AND WHY?  
I never thought about being a writer until I was an adult with grown children and a lot of time on my hands. 
AS A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU ASPIRE TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?  
I thought I wanted to be an actress.
HOW DID YOU GET THE IDEA FOR YOUR AWARD WINNING TITLE?  
The book is a 21st century version of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. I wanted something that was reminiscent of her title, but something that was firmly rooted in the 21st century. My main character, Caroline Benedict, is "certainly the most sensible" of Susan Benedict's three daughters.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LINE FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK AND WHY? 
It's a scene between my two main characters, sisters Allie and Caroline. They are discussing Richard, the man Caroline loves but who is engaged to another woman. Caroline says, "...the idea of dating makes me nauseous." Allie replies, "There's medicine for the nausea" 
WHICH OF YOUR CHARACTERS FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING TITLE DO YOU BELIEVE ARE MOST LIKE YOU AND WHY?  
Susan Benedict, the mother. She is divorced (like me) and an English teacher.
WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HOPE READERS WILL GLEAN FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK? 
That women are strong and can overcome any obstacles.
TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A WRITER:  
Attending author fairs is always interesting, especially when the attendees are more interested in the writer sitting next to you!
WHICH AUTHOR HAS MOST GREATLY INFLUENCED YOUR WRITING STYLE? 
Jane Austen
WHAT BOOK HAS HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE? 
Either "Pride and Prejudice" or "Sense and Sensibility."
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST LITERARY ACCOMPLISHMENT? 
Actually following through on my original idea to write this book. I'd never written a book before and had no idea what I was doing. I experienced a lot of criticism but pushed through it and finally got this version. For that I have to thank my editor, Kinan Werdski.
DO YOU HAVE ANY WRITING RITUALS?  
Try to stay off social media and solitaire and focus on the work.
HOW DID YOU GET PUBLISHED?  
I don't have an agent, but I just sent the book to lots and lots of publishers and finally found one who took a chance on me and "Certainly Sensible."
WHAT DID YOU DO TO CELEBRATE YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK?  
The book was released in December of 2015, but when I won the Gold Medal in the 2016 Literary Classics Awards Contest, I blasted it all over Facebook and then sent out emails to friends/family who aren't on Facebook.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE PROCESS OF BECOMING PUBLISHED AND ANY TIPS YOU MIGHT OFFER FOR OTHER ASPIRING AUTHORS?  
As someone famous once said, "Kill your darlings." Edit edit edit. Signing the contract is just the first step. Be patient through the editing process and listen to your editor's advice. However, YOU are the author, so stay true to your story and follow your gut.
CAN YOU OFFER ANY ADVICE FOR WRITERS ON HOW BEST TO PROMOTE THEIR BOOK? 
Social media, get invited to local author fairs, enter contests.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR READERS?  
I always follow Stephen King's advice to use adverbs as infrequently as possible. 
DO YOU HAVE ANY NEW BOOKS IN THE WORKS?  
Yes, I have a follow up to my very first published novel, "Confessions of a Teenage Psychic" coming out later this year with The Wild Rose Press. My former 15 year old psychic medium Caryn is now 18, in college, and comfortable with her abilities. She meets a fellow student who isn't psychic but can talk to ghosts, something Caryn can't do. They are forced to team up.
I don't currently have a release date, but keep watch on my Facebook page, on The Wild Rose Press's website www.thewildrosepress.com and on Amazon.
WHAT OTHER BOOKS HAVE YOU PUBLISHED?

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Susan Signe Morrison, on her Top Honors Award Winning Title, Grendel's Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife

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WHEN DID YOU FIRST KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A WRITER AND WHY?
In 3rd grade, I would bring my stuffed animals with me to school. My teacher let me perform little spontaneous plays with the stuffed animals as characters and me supplying the voices. I guess that was when I knew.
AS A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU ASPIRE TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?
An actress or writer. I teach now, which I joke is a kind of acting: you have to stand up in front of an audience--your students!
HOW DID YOU GET THE IDEA FOR YOUR AWARD WINNING TITLE?
From teaching the Old English epic, Beowulf, many times. In my novel, I retell the story from the point of view of the women, compelled to participate in peace-weaving marriages doomed to failure and oppressed as victims. I'm haunted by two stories, one of the Danish woman Hildeburh, who marries as part of a peace-weaving marriage between her clan and that of King Finn. That attempt at harmony falls apart violently. Her brother and son die, as well as her husband. Then there's a nameless woman lamenting the fate of Beowulf's people after his death; they are doomed to death or slavery.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LINE FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK AND WHY?
When the queen tells the young woman, Freawaru, that the beheadings are “man’s business,” Freawaru thinks, “Surely…this is woman’s business, too. We are the ones married off as peaceweaving brides after the blood and gore have barely dried.” I like this because it expresses in a nutshell the point of the entire novel: men's and women's worlds mutually impact each other. We need to know about both to understand a culture and also to help make society a better place for all.
WHICH OF YOUR CHARACTERS FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING TITLE DO YOU BELIEVE ARE MOST LIKE YOU AND WHY?
The main character, Brimhild, I do find compelling. The novel traces the many passages of her life: the brine-baby; the passionate hall-queen; the exiled mere-wife; and the seer. I haven't experienced what she has, but every person goes through stages as they get older, including getting a job and having children. I think I am most like Ælfsciene, Brimhild's aunt, who defies public opinion by pursuing what she wants--herbal medicine—and lurks on the literal margins of her culture by a swamp. I don't practice medicine, but I do write on topics lurking in the margins of history, ranging from medieval women pilgrims to excrement in the Middle Ages. I grew up by the Great Swamp in New Jersey.
WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HOPE READERS WILL GLEAN FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK?
I hope readers will want to learn more about the original story that inspired me. I hope that people look at history from the point of women, whose stories still need to be told to a larger audience. In my novel, the lesson concerns how invasions by brutal men are not from the fictive world of fairy tales, but disasters doomed to cycle relentlessly through human history. Only the surviving women can sing poignant laments, preserve a glittering culture, and provide hope for the future.
TELL US SOMETHING RANDOM ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A WRITER:
I write when no one is in the house. My husband is at work, and the kids are at school. This happens two or three times a week. Total peace. Except for my corgi, Gwen. She barks constantly at the cats in the neighborhood and at the squirrels and at the wind. So I have to stand up to let her in and out constantly. It's good exercise!
WHICH AUTHOR HAS MOST GREATLY INFLUENCED YOUR WRITING STYLE?
The Beowulf poet. I wanted to echo the language of Anglo-Saxon literature. This meant using a lot of Germanic words. How could I replicate-- but also update for a contemporary, novel-reading audience--the feeling of Old English style? I layered the texture of the writing with many synonyms and alliteration. Rather than just saying, the fierce warrior," a more Anglo-Saxon thing to do would be to write, "the fierce warrior, weapon wielder, war-like wreaker." This device increases the density and weight of such verse. A Picasso portrait might have three eyes in order to show how that person looks from all sides. It creates a 3-D effect.
WHAT BOOK HAS HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE?
I'd have to say my father's, a textbook on Organic Chemistry. He retired early from being a chemistry professor at NYU just to revise the book, which enabled him to be at home all the time with the family and to take us travelling which has enriched my life greatly--intellectually, culturally, and personally-- since we were and are a very close family. I also loved Edward Eager's Half Magic--it made me think anything mundane or ordinary has the potential to be enchanted.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST LITERARY ACCOMPLISHMENT?
Publishing Home Front Girl: A Diary of Love, Literature, and Growing Up in Wartime America. I found my mother's diaries after her death. She wrote them when she was a teenager from 1937-1943. She was a historian and had great wisdom, even as a young girl, into the political events taking place before and during World War II. Plus, she had a great sense of humor. It was an honor to edit them and share them with the world.
DO YOU HAVE ANY WRITING RITUALS?
I have kept a diary since I was 15. It helps with my writing skills. Like a sport, you need to practice on a regular basis to heighten your abilities and make them sharp. I write in it every night before I go to sleep. Sometimes, I record dialogue that intrigued --or bothered--me during the day. I note down ideas for more novels. By now, I have enough ideas to write hundreds of books!
HOW DID YOU FIND AN AGENT / GET PUBLISHED?
I was looking for a publisher, and discovered Top Hat Books online, John Hunt Publishing's imprint for Historical Fiction. I wrote them, they loved the book, and in less than a year it was published!
WHAT DID YOU DO TO CELEBRATE THE COMPLETION OF YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK?
Stayed home with my family and we played Masterpiece, an art auction board game, along with the card game, bridge.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE PROCESS OF BECOMING PUBLISHED AND ANY TIPS YOU MIGHT OFFER FOR OTHER ASPIRING AUTHORS?
I recommend joining a critique group, so you can get other writers to look at your book in draft before you send it to an agent or publisher. Also, various writers' organizations are wonderful. In my home state, there is the amazing Writers' League of Texas, which has an annual conference with agents as well as sessions on the craft and business of writing. Conferences are a wonderful way to meet other writers! There are lots of organizations, like SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime, among many others.
CAN YOU OFFER ANY ADVICE FOR WRITERS ON HOW BEST TO PROMOTE THEIR BOOK?
Tweeting and blogging, taking a virtual blog tour, and getting out to local bookstores--they are our best friends. Support other writers and they will support you.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR READERS?
Don't give up! I started writing Grendel's Mother in the late 1990s after my daughter was born. Her birth made me think more about the position of women in society. The story just came to me. I've fiddled with it over the years. Finally, in 2014, I decided it was time to stop editing and put it out there. Don’t be afraid to put pen to paper or your fingers on the keyboard. The great thing about writing is, you can always go back and change it, add to it, and reflect on it more.
DO YOU HAVE ANY NEW BOOKS IN THE WORKS?
I have several in the works. The latest is another work of historical fiction. I'm not quite finished with it yet. But I hope to be soon!
Link:
To a song that appears in my novel, put to music by Singer-Songwriter Sarah McSweeney
WHAT OTHER BOOKS HAVE YOU PUBLISHED?
A Medieval Woman’s Companion: Women’s Lives in the European Middle Ages. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2016.
The Literature of Waste: Material Ecopoetics and Ethical Matter. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Excrement in the Late Middle Ages: Sacred Filth and Chaucer's Fecopoetics. The New Middle Ages Series. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Women Pilgrims in Late Medieval England: Private Piety as Public Performance. London: Routledge, 2000.
Home Front Girl: A Diary of Love, Literature, and Growing Up in Wartime America. Joan Wehlen Morrison. Ed. Susan Signe Morrison. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2013.
All the above books are available on Susan's Amazon Author Page
LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org