• Interview with Charmaine Hammond

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    Toby the Pet Therapy Dog Says Be a Buddy Not a Bully

    Toby is a big, brown, happy dog. Every week, his owner, Miss Charmaine takes him to visit and comfort children who are in the hospital. Follow Toby the service dog for a day, and see how he makes friends with the children, helps make them happy and forget that they are sick and away from home. * Beautifully illustrated, Toby, the Pet Therapy Dog teaches young readers the wonders of being of service to others. * A happy story that also sends a positive message about community, as well as the importance of kindness to pets.

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    Charmaine Hammond is a professional speaker and best-selling author having written GPS Your Best Life, On Toby’s Terms, Toby the Pet Therapy Dog Says Be a Buddy Not a Bully, and Toby the Pet Therapy Dog and His Hospital Friends.

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    How long have you been an Author and what inspired you to start writing?

    I have always enjoyed writing. As a teenager I wrote poetry.  My writing career began in 2009 with my story about our dog Toby which was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, what I learned from the dog.

    What is a book that impacted you as a child?

    There were so many…. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, The Velveteen Rabbit are two that had a impact on me.

    Favourite book now?

    One of my favorite books, even though it is a children’s book, is Oh The Places We Will Go by Dr. Seuss.

    What is your favourite thing about being an Author?

    I love that our words can touch others.  Stories connect people. I also love the impact writing has on the author.  When I write, my mind is cleared of other distractions and stresses. I learn about myself as I write.

    Any tips for aspiring Authors out there?

    Write every day… even if you don’t have much to write about.

    Write about what you are passionate about.

    Know who your reader is… write specifically to them.

    Don’t over edit in the beginning.

    What are you working on next?

    I am now writing a book about our recent 14,000 km Kindness Tour… a Million Acts of Kindness.  I’ll be releasing this book in 2016.

    How can our readers find you?

    www.charmainehammond.com

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  • Interview With Hayley Rose

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    Hayley Rose is an author extraordinaire having written such wonderful works as Fifo Musical Animals ABCFifo 50 States, Fifo When I Grow Up, Today I Feel Emotion, and The Do’s and Don’ts. 

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    Fifo Musical Animals ABC

    Have you ever heard a yak play a yunlou, or danced to a walrus playing wind chimes? Have you been serenaded by a numbat on a nagak?  Come along with Fifo and discover the magical world of music and animals, all while learning your ABC’s.

     

     

    How long have you been an Author for and what inspired you to start writing?

    Always! But officially since 2002. I have always loved to write but it was a fateful plane ride from Chicago to Los Angeles that jumped started my career as an author.  Not a fan of flying, I was returning home from a family reunion and needed to keep my mind distracted.  I decided to write my new young cousins a story on what they might want to be when they grew up.  Once back in Los Angeles I put the story away in a drawer for safe keeping.  Years later I met my publisher, by accident, in a restaurant.  It’s been the best journey ever!

    What is a book that impacted you as a child? Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.  I just loved the rhyming silliness of it all.

    Favourite book now? I am always a little late to the party.  Right now I am really into the Harry Potter books.  Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite.

    What is your favourite thing about being an Author? Educating and inspiring young minds.  I love to see a child’s face light up when they discover something new.  That “a-ha” moment. There’s nothing better.

    What was your biggest challenge about becoming an Author? The hardest thing about being an author for me is the waiting.  From idea to publication, it can take up to two years to publish a picture book.

    Any tips for aspiring Authors out there? It’s not a competition, it’s a community.  Get out there and network.  Meet and learn from other authors.  Be generous, be honest, be kind.

    What are you working on next? Right now I am working on a game based on my latest book, Fifo Musical Animals ABC, with the amazing Illustrator, Mark Sean Wilson.  It is still secretly under wraps but I’m hoping to be able to share it soon.

    How can our readers find you?

    Visit my website www.BooksByHayleyRose.com or click the social media links below.

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    ENTER TO WIN A FREE COPY OF Fifo Musical Animals ABC!!!

    To enter to win leave a comment on our blog before Midnight Wednesday, November 18, 2015. This is part of WIN WEDNESDAY where we will be giving away a book every wednesday until Christmas! We will announce the winner on Thursday morning on our Facebook page.

     

     

     

  • Interview With Maria Dismondy

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    Book Description – Johnny is a big fan of school but that all changes when the new kid, Gabe arrives. Gabe doesn't speak any English, and that doesn't stop Johnny from going out of his way to be unkind. What will Johnny do when Gabe starts to make new friends? Will he join in the fun of making a new friend or turn the other way? Johnny realizes a powerful message in this story where empathy and inclusion teach us that actions speak louder than words. Read to find out how chocolate milk plays a major role in the discovery of the real universal language.

     

     

    Dismondy Head Shots-14-2Maria Dismondy is an Award-Winning Children's Author having written such successes as Spaghetti In A Hot Dog BunThe Juice Box Bully, Pink Tiara Cookies for Three, The Potato Chip Champ, Spoonful of Sweetness and Chocolate Milk, Por Favor.

    How long have you been an Author for and what inspired you to start writing? Since 2007—I was a teacher and being in the classroom working with young children inspired me to start writing. I wanted my message of hope and empowerment to get out to as many children and families as possible. Writing a book was one avenue to get the message delivered to my audience.

    What is a book that impacted you as a child? Where the Red Fern Grows. The amount of love, loss and heartache in this story made me feel like I was the main character. I will never forget how emotional I was reading that book. I love when a book does this for a reader!

    What is your favourite book now?  The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.

    What is your favourite thing about being an Author? Spreading joy and hope to children across the globe.  I also really enjoy speaking at schools and being able to share my experiences with children in person.

    What was your biggest challenge about becoming an Author? Learning the business  side of being an author was challenging for me. I started my degree in social work, then I went into child development, english and education. I never took one marketing or business course in my studies. Between working as a teacher full time, starting my book business and being pregnant with our first child, there was a huge learning curve when I took on this new adventure!

    Any tips for aspiring Authors out there? Start writing! This is the first step. Join a critique/writing group to share your work with others. Another piece of advice is to research the current market. Be sure that the idea you have and consider to be unique really is compared to books already printed and on shelves.

    What are you working on next? A new children’s picture book that will be released May 2016

    How can our readers find you?

    Visit my website, www.mariadismondy.com, or click the social media links below.

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    ENTER TO WIN A FREE COPY OF Chocolate Milk, Por Favor!!!

    To enter to win leave a comment on our blog before Midnight Wednesday, November 11, 2015. This is part of WIN WEDNESDAY where we will be giving away a book every wednesday until Christmas! We will announce the winner on Thursday morning on our Facebook page.