Interview with Author Sheri Pape

Sheri Page is the author of the Cassie picture book series. She took a few minutes to stop by and answer some questions about writing and her career.

Welcome Sheri. Tell us a little bit about your writing life.

I started writing in 1984, but have been professionally writing for 12 years.

What are your favorite books to read?

I love picture books!

What has been the most difficult thing about writing? The most rewarding?

I find the editing process is the most difficult. The most rewarding is being creative while writing my stories.

What publications do you have out now?

My books are Cassie’s Marvelous Music Lessons and Cassie Pup Takes the Cake?? They are the winners of five national children’s book awards.

Are there any other upcoming releases?

Another Cassie sequel. Cassie Pup’s Favorite, Funny, Creepy-Crawly Children’s Stories (Children’s Rhyming Stories).

Where can we follow you and purchase your books? Books can be purchased there, along with Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Books A Million.

Meet Author Aaron McGinley

Please join me in welcoming author Aaron McGinley, the author of the beloved book Aiden McGee Gets a Case of the “Actuallys”.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Children inspire you. I’ve always done professional writing, and my silly side always came out in my work with kids and at a summer camp. But I knew when I had my kid and she inspired a dream, I had to model for them to follow through.

How inspirational! How long have you been writing professionally?

This is my first book!

What does your writing schedule look like?

Have you ever tried to write a book with a crying baby in one hand and a keyboard in the other, at 9 at night? I have!

Yes. It is quite the struggle. What are your favorite books to read? Any that might not be well known?

I love a good thriller. Also, as a therapist, I devour psychology articles!

What have you found to be the most difficult thing about writing?

In my case, it was realizing that the traditional publishing route has very regimented ideas about what makes a book sell. For instance, my book targets highly intelligent children, and realizing that parents know they can manage a higher word count, but that publishers don’t was disheartening. I don’t regret going the independent route though, because now my book is landing into the hands of parents, kids, teachers, and therapists that appreciate it!

What have you found to be the most rewarding?

Almost daily, I hear from parents that are using the book as a tool to help their bright children to connect with others.

That is truly rewarding. What advice to you have for aspiring authors?

Just do it.

What publications do you have out now?

Aiden McGee Gets a Case of The Actuallys.

Do you have an upcoming release? If so, tell us about it.

I might have a few tricks up my sleeve! Follow me on amazon!

What writing projects are you working on?

The one that will soon be released and another one of the three series

Where can we follow you and purchase your books?

You can purchase my books here.

Thank you for joining us Aaron! Check him out on Facebook!

Interview with Author Patricia Moore

Today we speak with children’s author Patricia Moore. She is the author of Latoya’s Downton Day, which I reviewed in my last post. Check out what she has to say.

Welcome to my Blog, Patricia. Thank you for stopping by. Let’s get started.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

PM: After listening to a children’s author at my local library, I thought I could write a book for children. I left encouraged after his talk.

How long have you been writing professionally?

PM : 3.5 years

What does your writing schedule look like?

  PM : write at night when my house is fairly quiet.

What are your favorite books to read?

PM : I have read Gone With The Wind twice already and To Kill A mocking Bird twice. Both I really enjoyed reading.

What have you found to be the most difficult thing about writing? 

PM : It seems like there are so many people who are writers and I think my work may not be all that important.

What have you found to be the most rewarding?

PM : I really enjoy getting a positive review, especially from a blogger.

What advice to you have for aspiring authors?

PM : Read, read, read alot in the genre you want to write in. To be a good writer, you need to read a lot of books in your chosen genre. If possible, join a critique group. I don’t know where I would be with my writing without my critique group!

What publications do you have out now?

PM : First Winter, Just A Servant, The Angel With One Wing, and LaToya’s Downtown Day.

Do you have an upcoming release? If so, tell us about it.

PM : My newest release is La Toya’s Downtown Day. This book is close to my heart. LaToya is a girl who lives in the projects of Chicago. She longs to go on her first trip to downtown. Her mother and her have adventures when they are finally able to go downtown. I have memories of going downtown with my mom when I was a child. I enjoyed our time together.

Where can we follow you and purchase your books?

PM : I can be contacted at   I also have a website,

You can get my book at Amazon It is free on Kindle Unlimited

Funding an Author Visit

Summer 2013 is coming to a close at a speed faster than lightning. Pretty soon new classes will form and friendships will be made. As the school year begins and routines take shape, it is important to spark and encourage the children’s interest. It may be challenging, as students may still be thinking about the beach. Or their thoughts may turn more toward Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. One way to spark some interest is to host an author visit.  It brings the world of books alive for children and integrates language arts skills.

As much as an author visit sounds like a fairy tale come true, funding it can be as tricky as a Harry Potter spell. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Check with organizations such as the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) or the American Library Association (ALA) for grants  that may be available. This is most helpful if you are hosting an out of town author where expenses can triple.
  • Hold classroom fundraisers to raise money for the visit: hold a bake sale, art sale, Movie Night, etc. —-Be creative.
  • See if a local business will help sponsor a visit
  • Auction off an autographed copy of one of the author’s books -contact me and I can help with any of my books-just ask!

Need more ideas, check out my fundraising tips!

To contact me for your next author visit, please visit my Author Website contact me via e-mail.

Fun with Jill Osborne

About a week ago I had the pleasure of talking with Jill Osborne about my newest book, Angel Donor. When Angel Donor won the P&E Reader’s Poll, I had a giveaway to celebrate. Jill, a writer and a play therapist, won the book. I am thrilled that she will not only be able to enjoy the book herself, but she added it to her collection for play therapy. It warms my heart that the book will be doing what it was meant to – to help other children.

When Jill read the book, she was excited about it and wanted to do an interview with me. Head on over to her blog and check out what we discussed. Thank you again Jill for your support of Angel Donor.

The Author in Me

The second question asked on my May 2012 school visit was this:

2.  Did you know you were going to be an author when you were a kid or did it just happen?

Another great question! I always loved writing. As a kid I wrote in my journals every day. I had copy books and note books and anything else I could write in. I often wrote my own stories when I had time to myself. All through school and high school my favorite subject was English, Reading and Creative Writing. My high school English teacher commented on a paper I wrote, “Great job, you little author!” In college, my English professor urged me to major in English. But it wasn’t until I was older and had my own family that I decided to become a professional author.Finally, all those years of writing pulled together and I began to write on a professional basis.

A is for A to Z Blogging Challenge

I joined, albeit – a few days late- the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. I just learned about it and think this is a great way to blog more often than when the inspiration hits. The goal of the challenge is to post something every day on your blog except Sundays so that there will be 26 April posts – one for each letter of the Alphabet. To read more about the challenge click on the side banner or visit the A to Z blog. I will be doing this on two of my blogs: Random Thoughts About God and my Author blog.

The Random Thoughts blog will be themed. of course, on God and the Church. What a great mid-Lenten challenge!

My author blog will be themed on writing, writing for children, my books, book reviews, My Light Magazine and other similar topics.

Be sure to follow along and join in the fun! Don’t worry if you’re a day or two late – do what I did and roll up those sleeves and jump on in!

Please welcome my newest book, Teresa’s Shadow

I am pleased to announce another children’s book of mine published by Guardian Angel Publishing ( ).

Every child once in a while discovers a fear of the dark at bedtime or monsters at night. Some fear it all! This latest book, published October 2010 is about a currious little girl, Teresa, and a new friend, Corky. Teresa and Corky must face their fears and differences in order for Corky to make it home.

Teresa’s Shadow can be found at:

Guardian Angel Publishing –


Barnes and Noble

A Special Anniversary!

I usually don’t like to post personal information, but I can’t help it this time. This is a wonderful anniversary for my middle child. Jackie was born with a rare liver disease. At age 10 months and then at age 3 she had a liver transplant. Today is the 3rd anniversary of her second and successful transplant. To read about her story visit . The journals are more about her battle with the disease and tapered off as she got well. Today, we also remember her donor and the brave decision the family made to save a life.

A Star in the Night Has an Illustrator!!

I’m thrilled to announce the illustrator of A Star in the Night, a picture book that follows a young boy through a mystical Christmas Eve. The joyful story will be illustrated by John Blackford, a talented illustrator who always seems to keep busy with one project or another. Take a look at his blog and check out some of his work. Don’t just look at the pictures – he has links, trailers, comics, you name it.

I’m ecstatic to have such a talented illustrator work on A Star in the Night. Stay tuned, as I’m sure there will be more to update soon.