Author Archives: Tiffany Turner

About Tiffany Turner

I am a teacher by day, writer during the evening and weekends. I've written a children's fantasy series called the Crystal Keeper Chronicles. I've learned a lot as an Independent author. I want to share that now through blog posts, interviewing fellow authors, and reviewing other children's books. If you don't see it out there, build the blog yourself. I'm hoping to create a resource for people to find quality children's books that don't always fall along the lines of mainstream.

Interview with DeWana Green

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DeWana Green is the author of the picture book “Vonny B and Me”.

Spring is a great time to start thinking about summer reads. The best way to start gearing up is to consider some new picture books. I’ve found a darling story called “Vonny B and Me”. I had a chance to talk to the incredible author, DeWana Green. DeWana was a foster child that overcame many challenges in her life. She graduated from university with a bachelor’s and master’s degree. She works in healthcare and bio tech, and teaches at the college level part time. She’s an inspirational speaker and has her own jewelry line that benefits foster children seeking higher education.

I had a chance to talk with DeWana about the challenges and memories from her childhood, what inspires her to move forward, and what projects she is planning in the future.

  • What is your favorite memory from reading as a child?

DeWana Green: My favorite memory from reading as a child was learning to read. I learned to read very young. In fact, I was three-years-old when I learned to read fluently.  

  • Who was your favorite author and how did they influence you?

DeWana Green: My favorite author from childhood was Shel Silverstein. I was obsessed with “I Know Where the Sidewalk Ends”. Also, I loved Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”. As an adult I like Maya Angelou and Robert Fulghum.

  • Do you have a writing routine?

DeWana Green: When it comes to writing, I don’t really have a writing routine. I write best when I am near water. I do have a couple writing rules: 1. I always write from an outline 2. I never force my creativity to flow, so I have never had writer’s block. If there is no flow, it’s a no go… I only write when I feel it. I write when I am inspired.

  • How did you get the idea to write “Vonny B and Me?”

DeWana Green: VBM was inspired by the relationship of my son with learning differences/special needs and his dog. It truly demonstrates that we all have areas that we can excel and be great!

  • You have faced many challenges growing up. How has this helped you to inspire young people?

DeWana Green: It has only been since my divorce over the past 4 years that I have really embraced the pains and fears of my past. I realized that it took ALL of it to make me who I am today. I am always mentoring young adults in some facet of life. There are times I have young adults onboard doing intern work for me and helping research my ideas and concepts. There are other times I am simply spending one-on-one time with them and reminding them that there is NO-thing that they could ever encounter that they cannot overcome once they have decided to overcome it in their minds.

  • I noticed you design jewelry. What are the ideas behind some of your designs.
  • DeWana Green: Yes, I love to jewelry design. It’s a great creative outlet. Each piece I make comes with a unique writing about that piece. My ideas are inspired by nature and the colors of sun, ocean, and sky.
  • What would you suggest to future aspiring writers?

DeWana Green: My suggestion for aspiring writers is simply take time to understand your gift by writing and learn how your gift flows. We all flow and are inspired uniquely and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s that creative energy that’s responsible for so many different books.

  • What plans do you have for the “Vonny B” and Me series?

DeWana Green: The plan is for there to be 5 books in the series. I had 5 different concepts when the idea came to me for the initial work. So up next we will find that VB goes on a unique trip with some friends to some cool places! What I love the most is the subtle lessons that children learn from the book(s).

  • What subjects would you like to write about in future projects?

DeWana Green: In the future I see myself writing more in the VBM series. I would like to finish it out. Also, I see superheroes in my future as I have gained some inspiration in that area.

  • What is writing to you in one sentence?

DeWana Green: Writing is the ability to take an imaginary world living in my head and bring it to life on paper so that everyone can experience it too.

vonnyBandmeCvr“Vonny B and Me” is a captivating picture book about a dog and his boy. A seven-year-old boy and his dog take you on a journey of love as you follow their relationship of friendship and courage. The boy has many challenges, such as a learning difference. But through the love of his dog, he can face them. This is a touching story to teach about dealing with differences, changes, and using communication to solve problems. It will make a great addition for any child’s or teacher’s read aloud library. This is the first in a planned series.

“Vonny B and Me” is available at Amazon.com.

For more information on DeWana Green, please visit her website at: www.courageousme.net.

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Interview with Denise L. Jefferson

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Spring is in the air. What a great time to add to your picture book library with a newly discovered author. Meet Denise L. Jefferson. She’s the author of Button Joe. It’s a humorous picture book about a boy that likes to eat buttons. She is also the author of “Dragons Don’t Take Vacations”. I had the chance to talk with Denise about where she gets her story ideas, what inspires her, and what writing means to her.

1) Do you have a writing routine? Share what writing routine works for you.

Denise L. Jefferson: I really don’t have a writing style or routine. I gather my book ideas from almost anywhere. Sometimes I like the different environment when traveling, because you get to experience or interact on a different scale. Or people watching might spark something?

2) What subjects would you like to write about in future projects?

Denise L. Jefferson: Future projects. I’d like to expand to adult Christian or inspiration.

3) What is writing to you in one sentence?

Denise L. Jefferson: Writing to me is like dreaming on paper. Your thoughts and imagination can be limitless.

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Denise Jefferson’s book is available at Amazon.com.

Denise L. Jefferson’s book Button Joe is about a scrappy little baby boy that loves to eat buttons. As he grows, he has to learn to break this habit. What he learns along the way makes a humorous, warm story for the whole family.

Button Joe” is available at Amazon.com.

Interview with Madeleine Matthews, Author of “How To Save The Dragon”

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Madeleine Matthews is the author of the picture book “How To Save The Dragon”.

I love finding picture books that help develop children’s thinking. Here is a great find to add to any parent’s read aloud library. How To Save The Dragon is a delightful picture book that helps teach impulse control for children. Through character-based explanations on how the brain works, it guides the young reader through an adventure through the brain with two friends, a dragon and elephant. I got a chance to interview the author of this book, Madeleine Matthews. She shared her childhood memories, favorite authors, and what she has in store for future writing projects.

  • Who was your favorite author and how did they influence you?

Madeleine Matthews: My favorite author is Daniel J. Siegel. I absolutely love his approach to discipline as teaching & love how he sheds some light on the most challenging moments in our lives as parents by explaining the biological perspective.

His work was an inspiration for me. I thought that all parents and children should benefit from knowing the science of brain integration and the brain dynamic during a tantrum. This is why, in my book, I created a story line to illustrate a tantrum as an alarm, and also the two characters to explain the wonderful internal resources available for each of us & the power of focusing conscious awareness to activate and grow the more evolved structures in our brains.

  • What is your favorite memory of reading as a child?

Madeleine Matthews: My favorite memory is a feeling of immersion actually, in the summer break at my grandparents’ place, in rainy days when we couldn’t play outside, and I relished Alexandre Dumas books.

  • Do you have a writing routine? Share what works for you.

Madeleine Matthews: Writing routine for me is about realizing that internal struggle, where you’re kind of avoiding to actually sit down and write. So my routine involves a beautiful notebook, and a pencil & for the most part it is a sort of dialog I have with myself: “Just put pen to paper, scribble at first even, and then there’ll be plenty of time to rework & re-word until I am happy with the outcome.”

  • What subjects would you like to write about in future projects?

Madeleine Matthews: In my future projects, I would love to create stories that incorporate more concepts that convey bite size science that works in the area of social emotional development & building executive functioning.

  • What is writing to you in one sentence?

Madeleine Matthews: Writing to me is creative freedom, and the beauty of encapsulating messages & meaning.

How To Save The Dragon is a helpful picture book to describe how a child’s brain works HowToSaveDragCVRand to help introduce them to impulse control. Introducing the concept of a temper tantrum in the form of a story adventure, the young reader is guided to understand how to start their own impulse control through the help of lovable characters. This is a great addition for every parenting library.

This book is available at Amazon and is a Kindle Unlimited title.

Follow the author Madeleine Matthews at Instagram.

 

 

Tiffany Turner Book Discounts for Read An Ebook Week on Smashwords

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a. Read an Ebook Week bannerIt’s been ten years since Smashwords first started the “Read An Ebook” week. I started putting my books on discount to help children and their parents have access to new and exciting ebooks. And now, ten years later, people are reading more than ever. I know that switching to a Kindle and reading ebooks has brought up the amount of books I read a year. On my Goodreads list where I track my reading, I can see how many times I’ve reached and surpassed my reading annual goal. Not to mention I never really had a reading goal until Goodreads was created.

So, to celebrate TEN YEARS of promoting ebook reading, I am happy to put my first and second book in the Crystal Keeper Chronicles on sale for FREE for this week only! All you have to do is enter the coupon EB100 to get your free copy of each using the links below. And of course, the series is now complete. It also took twelve years to finish with the last book released last year, The Lost Secret of Time. It is now available on Amazon. com and Barnes and Noble for a reasonable $3.99. Same with the third book in the series, The Lost Secret of Dragonfire. This is the first that the whole complete series has been available with discounted prices. So, get them while you can. It all will go back to regular price at the end of the week.

And please let me know how you enjoy the series. Leaving a review will help let me know how you enjoyed the series, or not. I am planning on a prequel with the cat sorcerer, Brewford. So, any review and feedback you can leave will be welcomed.

Discounted Crystal Keeper Chronicle Books 1 & 2

The Lost Secret of Fairies

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/6090

The Lost Secret of the Green Man

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/115942

Available on Amazon and B & N Books 3 & 4

The Lost Secret of Dragonfire Book 3

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Secret-Dragonfire-Crystal-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B079J4R22D

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lost-secret-of-dragonfire-tiffany-turner/1114782699

The Lost Secret of Time Book 4

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Secret-Time-Crystal-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B07GJZBPPY

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lost-secret-of-time-tiffany-turner/1129320107

 

 

 

Interview with Karolina Marques Pereira: Author of “Blue Like My Shoe: Red Like My Head”

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Karolina Marques Pereira is the author of the picture book “Blue Like My Shoe, Red Like My Head”.

With all the rain and weather happening at this time of year, it’s great to find a book to talk with kids about the colors they can see during rain storms. Karolina Marques Pereira has written a darling picture book that introduces the colors of the rainbow in a fun game between a witch and a dragon. She lives in Germany with her family and works as a primary school teacher. In her book, “Blue Like My Shoe: Red Like My Head”, she creates a delightful way for any child to learn colors. I had a chance to interview Karolina about her childhood reading adventures, which are her favorite authors, and what she’d like to write about in the future.

  • What is your favorite memory from reading as a child?

Karolina Marques Pereira: As a child I love to listen to stories. Later in school I loved to write stories on my own. You learn so much from stories and they are so wonderful.

  • Who was your favorite author and how did they influence you?

Karolina Marques Pereira: Eric Carle and Astrid Lindgren are my favourite authors. As a kindergarten child I loved Eric Carle. The repetitions and the easy structured stories are perfect for children and help them to learn the language.

  • What subjects would you like to write about in future projects?

Karolina Marques Pereira: I love to write stories for young learners. Topics like “colours” and the “weather” and other interesting topics for kids are my favourite. I think it is important that children are able to learn something out of it. My new book “Blue Like My Shoe” helps learners to remember the names of rainbow colours.

BluelikemyShoe“Blue Like My Shoe: Red Like My Head” is a story about a little witch and her dragon friend that play a Q & A response game to guess favorite colors. Introduce your little one to all the colors of the rainbow, how they mix together to form other colors, and rhyming patterns associated with colors. This cute picture book is recommended for ages 2 and up. A repetition and pattern song is at the end of the book to help with read aloud instruction.

This book is available on Amazon.com.

Interview with Justin Melquist: Author of “God Is In Your Pizza”

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I found another great book to help teach spiritual awareness and presence to your child. “God Is In Your Pizza” is a children’s picture book for kids 3-7 years old. It helps to explain what God is. Justin Melquist is the author and loves to write children’s books that explain spiritual concepts to children. I had a chance to ask Justin Melquist about his writing process and what he wishes to write next.

  • Do you have a writing routine? Share what works for you.

Justin Melquist: I find it’s easiest to write about something you’re passionate about or write for someone rather than picking a topic from a list that sells.

  • What subject would you like to write about in future projects?

Justin Melquist: I really enjoy writing books that educate or inspire kids. I will let the universe decide my next project!

  • What is writing to you in one sentence?

Justin Melquist: Writing is allowing the message to come through you.

GodIsYourPizza“God Is In Your Pizza” is a picture book that helps parents introduce kids to what God is. God isn’t just a bearded man that lives in the sky. God is in us all and all situations, even the silly and fun instances. This book is available in paperback and as an eBook on Amazon.com.

Interview with Jon Smith: Co-Author of Campus Explorers Series

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I found a unique way to introduce children to colleges. Many have rich traditions that alumni consider part of the experience. What a great way to introduce children to the idea of going to college than to create a children’s book series teaching those traditions.

The first book in the series, Campus Explorers: The Search for Osceola and Renegade by Jon Smith and Stuart Santos, introduces children to the traditions of Florida State University. They got the idea sitting on the steps of their fraternity house, and wrote the book ten years later. Of the two authors, I had a chance to speak with Jon Smith about his childhood memories, subjects he’d like to write about, and what he has in store for us.

  • What is your favorite memory from reading as a child?

Jon Smith: I remember the vibrant colors of children’s books and the amazing environments the characters would travel through and experience. In a way, I guess it set the table pretty well for the idea behind Campus Explorers – a journey!

  • Who was your favorite author and how did they influence you?

Jon Smith: From a children’s book perspective, Shel Silverstein was a master in building depth out of simplicity.

  • What subjects would you like to write about in future projects?

Jon Smith: Campus Explorers is a children’s book series using college mascots, campuses and traditions to tell a unique story and teach the children everything you may love about your school. Florida State University is the first school in this series to be featured but many more are on the way!

campusexplorersCampus Explorers: The Search for Osceola and Renegade is a children’s book series that uses college mascots, campuses and traditions to introduce children to colleges around the United States. The first in the series is Florida State University.

“Where are Osceola & Renegade? That’s the question every Seminole fan is asking today. Become an explorer as you discover the traditions of Florida State University. Search through campus landmarks to locate the missing pair again so they can lead the Noles on to another win!”

This first book in the series is a great way to start introducing children to the college experience. It can easily be used as an elementary read-aloud, and it will make a great addition to any school library’s “College Week” display.

Campus Explorers: The Search for Osceola and Renegade is available at Amazon.com.

Interview with Elsa Joseph: Author of “Dylan’s CosyDoze”

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valentineclipartLooking for a cute Valentine’s Day gift for your little reader? Here’s an adorable book that I found called “Dylan’s Cosydoze” by Elsa Joseph. A graduate of South Bank University in London, Elsa has pursued her love of writing with a passion. She combines her interests of travel, art, and theater to build interesting plots and develop memorable characters. I had a chance to interview Elsa about her favorite childhood memories and authors, what inspires her and what upcoming projects are in the works.

  • What is your favorite memory from reading as a child?

Elsa Joseph: When I think back to what spurred my undying love for reading, I can date it back to the classic children’s book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carie. I remember being introduced to this book by my reception teacher and studying the life cycle of a caterpillar. I can recall joining in discussions of what the caterpillar ate each day and being amazed when, at the end of the book, he becomes a beautiful butterfly.

  • Who was your favorite author and how did they influence you?

Elsa Joseph: Paulo Coelho is my favourite author. I read The Alchemist two years ago and at first I didn’t like it. However, over time this book has grown on me. The book uses words and storytelling in their simplest forms as a means of portraying something so profound, divine and spiritual. It does it in a way that dissolves all attempts at classification or recapitulating. It is a quick read (at only 170 pages) and the plot is relatively a straight forward one. The style of prose is also clean and an uncomplicated, a-tune to that of a religious parable or childhood fairy tale, both of which this could be likened to.

  • Do you have a writing routine? Share what works for you.

Elsa Joseph: Yes, I do indeed! My alarm starts to ring. It’s 7am. I swing my legs out of bed, stretching as I walk into the bathroom. I splash some water on my face, and head to the kitchen and gulp down a refreshing glass of warm lemon water.

Then I take it back to my desk, where I read for half an hour and jot down some notes that will be important for today’s projects. Once I’m done, I shower and put on my clothes, ready to start the day.
I don’t work well at home, so after eating breakfast I grab my laptop and head on down to the local coffee shop. There, I’ll sit and drink coffee and make a start on the to-do list I wrote out the previous evening.
The day is spent busily tapping away at my keyboard, with the occasional break to eat something or gaze out the window at the busy shoppers as they rush by. Around 5pm I’ll go home, make dinner, chat with my family for a while, and then hit the gym.

I come back fully exhausted but satisfied. The gym is great for clearing your head. Then I’ll shower and watch a movie, read a book, or browse the Internet for a while. I take a few minutes to reflect on the day and write my to-do list for tomorrow. Then I’ll turn the lights out and drift off to sleep at around 10:30pm. I wake up feeling refreshed the next morning, pumped to do the whole thing all over again.

  • What subjects would you like to write about in future projects?

Elsa Joseph: I have so many! I have an author blog (http://www.elsajoseph.co.uk) which I am in the process of re-organizing. I would like to write more about some of the things related to my hobbies which are travelling, cooking, health, etc. I am toying around with writing another children’s book — something about disability, something about acceptance, something about how children with conditions such as Spina bifida and Down Syndrome are normal and talented and not abnormal like how the media can sometimes portray.

  • During all your travels, what was the most place that was inspirational and why?

Elsa Joseph: That’s a tough question because each country I have visited is special in its own way. If I had to pick a place it would be Venice. I love the uniqueness of the city, especially its watery canals. I love the architecture, the Grand Canal, the beautiful Rialto Bridge. I love the fact you don’t see cars but boats and gondolas.

So many things make Venice unique from any city in this big world. It’s truly a magical city.

  • With your background in theater, are you planning a series or book?

Elsa Joseph: Last month I made my debut as a playwright at the Young Vic Theatre in London. As much as I enjoy writing books, at the moment I want to solely concentrate on my playwriting.

  • What teacher inspired you when you were younger and why?

Elsa Joseph: When I went to Sixth Form College I was taught English Language & Literature by Lisa James (Ms. James to me), and it was as though she walked into my head and turned all the lights on.

She lent me poems, plays and books she liked. I showed her poems I had written, which weren’t really poems but more an explosion of words. But she took me completely seriously. She introduced me to Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Henrik Ibsen, Eugene O’Neill– all people who have meant more to me than anyone else. Her way of teaching was very searching but also very passionate and scrupulous. She definitely inspired me to write.

  • What do you do to research your books?

Elsa Joseph: It depends on the kind of book I am writing. It also depends a great deal on what topics I am researching, and why I need to research those topics for that book.

For example, let’s say I want to write a novel that has a lawyer as the primary character and don’t know any lawyers. Right away, the kind of book I am writing is fiction — so I would ask myself what’s important to my story. Am I going for technical accuracy, or sensory? Do I want the reader to feel like I know what I am talking about when it comes to the details of the law or am I trying to convey the analytical and judgmental skills of being a lawyer because I want a realistic character? These are some of the questions I would ask myself.

  • How does living in London influence your writing?

Elsa Joseph: It influences my writing a lot. London is one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world. For my book Best Kept Secret which is set primarily in London, I drew inspiration from the cities ethnically diverse population.

  • What is writing to you in one sentence?

Elsa Joseph: “Writing” is the process of using symbols (letters of the alphabet, punctuation and spaces) to communicate thoughts and ideas in a readable form.

Dylan's Cozydoze“Dylan’s CosyDoze” is a younger reader’s rhyme book that delves into that toddler problem of losing your favorite toy. On a visit to grandma’s, Dylan’s blanket or “CosyDoze” gets lost. Can Mum and Dad find it? Or will he have to find another way to get to sleep? Delve into this real life problem that many toddler’s can relate with. A great example of problem solving as a family, “Dylan’s CosyDoze” will be a read-aloud to help any child fall asleep.

“Dylan’s CosyDoze” is available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.

For more information on Elsa Joseph, please visit her website at: http://www.elsajoseph.co.uk.

Interview with John D. Zomer, Author of “Jesus Loves You More Than You Possibly Imagine!”

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If you would like to share the joy, love and happiness of Jesus with your child, here is a great picture book for you. John D. Zomer is the author of “Jesus Loves You More Than You Possibly Imagine!” He is a former college basketball bench rider, avid golfer, and jack-of-all-trades. Recently a father in 2018, John had his life changed dramatically a few years ago and wants to share the grace and love he found through Jesus. I had a chance to talk to John about his childhood reading memories, favorite authors and books, and what he is planning for future projects.

  • What is your favorite memory from reading as a child?

John D. Zomer: I remember the excitement of learning new words and seeing new pictures and just enjoying the many stories I read as a child.

  • Who was your favorite author and how did they influence you?

John D. Zomer: Dr. Seuss “The Cat in the Hat”. I appreciated the rhyming and story aspects and looking at the peculiar illustrations and colorful characters.

  • Do you have a writing routine? Share what works for you.

John D. Zomer: I actually have four more books in production. I usually like to jam out with some music and get my mind stimulated, and it usually flows pretty naturally somehow.

  • What subjects would you like to write about in future projects?

John D. Zomer: I have a series in production that is going to be topical with grace, love, forgiveness, and giving as the story lines, with cool rhyming aspects and awesome illustrations!

  • What is writing to you in one sentence?

John D. Zomer: Words hold such power. I love expressing Jesus in and through me.

book cover“Jesus Loves You More Than You Possibly Imagine!” is a picture book that allows parents to share the power and teachings of Jesus. This heartwarming presentation of Jesus and his message of endless love will make the perfect read-aloud before bedtime for any Christian child.

“Jesus Loves You More Than You Possibly Imagine!” is available at Amazon.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Billie Kelpin, Author of Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy

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Billie Kelpin is the author of the picture book, Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy.

I have found a great addition to any read-aloud library, and had to talk to the author, Billie Kelpin. She is a former teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing, sign language interpreter, and worked as a college writing tutor. Billie currently has written this fabulous picture book, Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy. Set in Hollywood, this adorable story helps children learn about differences being strengths. In my discussion with the author, Billie Kelpin shared her childhood inspirations, what she enjoys about being a children’s author, and what writing means to her.

  • What is your favorite memory from reading as a child?

Billie Kelpin: My mother loved to memorize poems and stories and she would recite them to me at bedtime rather than read them to me. She’d tell me the story of “Wonderful Tony”, a rooster who couldn’t swim. The repeating rhythm of the words was especially appealing to me: “Tony became thinner and thinner, and sadder and sadder.” This story was actually a tale of altruism. When Tony got “outside of himself” and helped a little robin, his life turned around. I think of that story often.

  • Who was your favorite author and how did they influence you?

Billie Kelpin: No one famous was ever my favorite author instead, I loved reading Father Francis Finn’s books. He was a Jesuit who wrote twenty-seven young people novels that resembled “The Hardy Boys” and Dickens stories a bit. His books influenced me with the high-minded morality. (You could only find them in our school’s library). The main character was “Tom Playfair” who was always challenged to do the honorable thing and always won out over his impetuous nature. Then, when I was around eleven or twelve years old, the Milwaukee Journal featured a Sunday Magazine section that featured essays from “The Art of Living” by Wilfred Peterson. While these essays seem quite dated now, reading them each week made me fall in love with the creative non-fiction genre.

  • Do you have a writing routine?

Billie Kelpin: I wish I were the kind of writer who could wake up at five in the morning and write; I can’t. I find routines in any aspect of my life difficult. I think I would be more productive if I were more disciplined. I tend to simply write when life doesn’t interrupt me.

  • What subjects would you like to write about in future projects?

Billie Kelpin: I tend to have several projects going on at once. I’m not sure if this is characteristic of being left-handed or not. I plan to continue to write pieces on being left-handed. I’m presently attempting to finish my first novel, a coming of age story set in the Vietnam era. Another ongoing project is an app I created called, “The Perfect Husband App” which consists of a list of phrases every spouse loves to hear along with short excerpts that explain why those phrases are helpful in everyday relationships. I want to add more personally narrated stories and essays to my “Stories to Go” app and hope to convert a short story called “Sylvia” that appeared in the Lost Coast Review into a screenplay.

  • What is writing to you in one sentence?

Billie Kelpin: To borrow from Walt Whitman, writing to me is simply acknowledging that ‘the powerful play goes on and we can contribute a verse’.

luckycvrLucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy is a read-aloud for children ages 4-8. With adorable illustrations by artist Julie Parker, we are drawn into Lucky’s self-discovery journey. As a follow-up, matching games, online flashcards, and narration of the story can be found at the website: www.leftpawedpuppy.com. Parents and teachers will love this as an addition to their library. It is a great book for teaching understanding of differences that all children can appreciate.

Lucky lives under the “H” of the Hollywood sign with his owner, Mrs. Poppyset, and his two puppy brothers. But he has a problem. He often does things the opposite direction of others. While his brothers lead with their right paws, he leads with his left.

Things change when William T. Stagent, the Hollywood agent, books them for a Bow-Wow-Chow-Now commercial. But Lucky has trouble following Hector the Director’s cues. Lucky turns left while his brothers turn right. Leslie, a famous dog trainer, is called in to look over Lucky and discovers he is left-pawed. Just as she is showing what to do be done, an earthquake hits the studio. Lucky saves the day, and it is all thanks to his left-pawed ability of naturally turning left.

Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy is on sale at Amazon.com and through the website, www.leftpawedpuppy.com.

Link here for my recommendation of Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy.