Sunday, December 20, 2009

Yvonne Perry and the Sid Series interview

I had a chance to visit with Yvonne about her new series, and here are her answers.

1. Tell us a little bit about your series, Yvonne.

The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children is a collection of body-mind-spirit stories that focus on life skills such as overcoming fear, helping others, being true to one’s self, following inner guidance, caring for the body, having self-worth, appreciating diversity, dealing with change, accepting pet death, being environmentally conscious, and using spiritual gifts.

  • Sid’s Fairy ~ Learning about Inner Guidance teaches children to meditate and sense the small voice of guidance inside.

  • A Stormy Adventure ~ Facing the Fear of Storms. How have you overcome your fear of storms or the fear of something else?

  • The Pirate’s Treasure ~ Finding Treasure Within. What is the greatest treasure and where is it found? How did you find it?

  • You Can Be! ~ Understanding Destiny and Making Choices. What would you like to be when you grow up?

  • Ask Your Body ~ Understanding the Body’s Needs. Do you know what your body needs to be healthy? How are you helping meet your body’s needs?

  • A Ghost in My Closet ~ Communicating with Angels. Have you ever seen or heard a ghost or angel? What did he or she say or do? Do you hear your inner guidance?

  • A Powerful Potion ~ The Power of Imagination. Do you believe in magic? Have you ever witnessed a miracle?

  • My Friend’s Skin ~ Accepting and Appreciating Diversity. Do you have friends of a race different than your own? What do you like best about that person? What have you done to show love to someone who is not like you?

  • Puppy Love ~ Dealing with the Death of a Pet. Has a pet or someone you love died? What does it mean to die? Tell about your experience.

  • Old Things New ~ Learning About Recycling. Do you recycle? What are you doing to keep the earth clean and safe?

  • Always Be Honest ~ Learning to Tell the Truth. Have you ever told a lie? How did it make you feel? How did you resolve the situation?

  • Making Room for Brother ~ Coping with Family Changes. Has your family gone through a big change? Perhaps a new person came into your life, or maybe someone moved out of your home. Tell or draw what happened.

2. Yvonne, what inspired you to write The Sid Series?

Spending time with my first-born grandson, Sidney, opened communication about some pretty “adult” topics that many parents and teachers are hesitant to discuss with children. I started writing the stories when Sid was about three years old. He and I regularly enjoy one another’s company and now that he’s almost nine years old, he has started helping me write the stories for a future book. By sharing the stories in The Sid Series I hope to reinforce and enhance these and other life lessons for other children and parents.

3. I see that the print version of the book includes all the stories, so they are basically short stories. How long does it take you to write the stories themselves?

Yes, the printed book is a collection of short stories that can be read to younger children or read alone by children who have obtained a second grade reading level.

The stories only take a few minutes to write once the idea comes to me, but the process of bringing them to the market is much longer because it involves working with illustrators and having a knowledge of the publishing industry. And since I self-published, I worked with a graphic designer to set up the files for Lightning Source.

4. Writing a series takes a lot of time. You are busy with many other writing related things. How do you find the time to write a series with everything else you have going on? What do you do to balance family, writing and life in general?

I’m in front of the computer working 50+ hours a week because I’m either marketing my business or books, or I’m doing writing/editing work for clients. When I take on an extra project such as writing and publishing my own books, I have to work nights and weekends to get it all done. I still manage to spend time with my family, but it takes some pre-planning and organization.

5. How are you marketing the series? What kind of book events are you participating in to get the word out about your series?

This interview is the last day of a 31-day virtual tour in which I participated as a guest blogger on about 20 blogs. I’ve also used video, audio, media releases, and flip-book widgets during the tour.

Next comes my children’s art showcase for which I am inviting kids (ages 3 through 9) to send their original work that demonstrates a lesson he or she has learned by reading The Sid Series.

This is NOT a contest. I don't believe children should be judged or rejected for their heart-felt creativity. Instead, every piece of artwork I receive will be included in an e-book and given to each participant. I will post more information about the art showcase on the book marketing blog I am using to launch The Sid Series:

6. Is there anything else you would like readers to know?

I encourage children to start working now on their art or writing for the art showcase. You may send it to me between December 26, 2009 and January 25, 2010. I plan to have the e-book ready February 5 so folks can give it as a Valentine’s gift! Check out The Sid Series at

Thanks for visiting the JGDS, Ms. Yvonne. Good luck with your series and hope you have had a great book tour. Mrs. E and the JGDS

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Thank you Mr. Hughes

We now have a book trailer and Mr. Hughes created it instead of working on his homework. Thank you very much. Hope you all like it. Please comment and let me know what you think. Mrs. E :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Come visit with Yvonne Perry on Sunday

Find out about her new series, the Sid Series, based on her oldest grandchild's holostic experiences. For any of you have ever believed in reincarnation and have had deja vu experiences, come see what Yvonne is all about. See you all in the postings - E :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Re: [JGDS] New comment on Meeting Katie Hines' character Drew from Guardian.

Thanks everyone for stopping by and getting a glimpse of Drew and Katie's new book (hopefully to be released soon).  Can't wait to see it in hands - lol - see you all in the postings - E :)

On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 7:31 PM, Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children <> wrote:
Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children has left a new comment on your post "Meeting Katie Hines' character Drew from Guardian":

Great interview and what a great character!

Katie, your book sounds intriguing. I think my 9 year old great nephew will love it.

Great post, Elysabeth!


Posted by Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children to JGDS at December 1, 2009 7:31 PM

Elysabeth Eldering
Author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad (JGDS), 50-state, mystery, trivia series

STATE OF WILDERNESS, Book 1 of 50 now available.
STATE OF QUARRIES, book 2 of 50 now available
STATE OF RESERVATIONS, book 3 of 50 coming 2009

WHERE WILL THE ADVENTURE TAKE YOU NEXT? (series newsletter forum)

member Sisters in Crime, Greenville Chapter
member South Carolina Writer's Workshop, Greenville Chapter

Meeting Katie Hines' character Drew from Guardian

Thanks for stopping by and posting comments everyone.  I'm still having trouble opening the actual blog to respond to anyone.  Katie will be in and out this afternoon.  I'll be leaving in a few hours to go to a party.  I'm glad you enjoyed the interview.  See you all in the postings - E :)

Elysabeth Eldering
Author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad (JGDS), 50-state, mystery, trivia series

STATE OF WILDERNESS, Book 1 of 50 now available.
STATE OF QUARRIES, book 2 of 50 now available
STATE OF RESERVATIONS, book 3 of 50 coming 2009

WHERE WILL THE ADVENTURE TAKE YOU NEXT? (series newsletter forum)

member Sisters in Crime, Greenville Chapter
member South Carolina Writer's Workshop, Greenville Chapter

Meeting Katie Hines' character Drew from Guardian

Imagine you have made a secret promise that can lead you to an incredible treasure and an ancient power. But in order to fulfill that promise, you must defeat an age-old sect determined to claim the treasure and power themselves.

“This is a story about a real-life treasure story. It is about a boy who struggles with guilt and a personal destiny, and it is a story about family, love and making commitments beyond yourself. The cast is replete with four teens, a professorial grandfather, a wacky grandmother and a mysterious knight, whose very life is dedicated to ensuring the safety of not just one, but two treasures.”

Today, we meet Katie Hines' character, Drew. The young man who makes a promise to his dying mother.

Guardian is Katie's first published novel. It is due to be released very soon (a little birdie told me it might be a nice little Christmas present for Katie). I had the chance to catch up with Drew, the main character in Katie's novel and ask him a few questions. So without further ado, let's get some info from Drew about the debuting book, which happens to be about him and his fight with evil.

Mrs. E: First, let's meet Drew. Tell us a little bit about yourself (age, what you look like, where you live, and anything you might thing the readers would like to know about you).
Drew: Hey, my name is Drew and I’m 14 years old. I have longish blond hair, and green eyes that the girls tell me are to die for. It’s kinda embarrassing, you know? Right now, I live in Maine, but I’ll be visiting my Grandpa Ian and Grandma Linzi in Nova Scotia, Canada, soon.

Mrs. E: How fun, heading to Canada. You know I've visited quite a few places but I've never been to Canada. It's funny that my grandparents lived in Maine all their lives and I visited them several times but never made it to Canada. You sound excited to go.

Mrs. E: Drew, when we look at your picture, we see a young man who looks angry. What, in your opinion, is the first impression people get when they first meet you?
Drew: Of course, my picture looks like that, but I didn’t have a choice as to which picture was used. Actually, the first impression is that of a guy who has a secret, because after all that’s what my story is about.

Mrs. E: Who are your best friends? How long have you been friends and what does it take to be a best friend for you?
Drew: My very best friends are Javon Manson and Mattie Royze. I’ve known them like forever. Even though they argue a lot, they’re pretty good about rallying around me during my adventures. A sense of humor always helps, too.

Mrs. E: Do you have any enemies?
Drew: I do! You wouldn’t think that at the age of 14 that would be the case, but it is. The very worst enemies are the Brotherhood of the Holy Chalice.

Mrs. E: What is the most traumatic thing that has happened to you?
Drew: Being with my mom when she died of anaphalytic shock.

Mrs. E: That must have been very terrible. But you are here now and that is a good thing.

Mrs. E: What is the best thing that has happened in your life?
Drew: Ending my adventure that my book tells about all in one piece.

Mrs. E: What is one wish you have for readers?
Drew: That they have a good time with us as we end up in Nova Scotia on Oak Island.

Mrs. E: Is Ms. Katie difficult or easy to work with?
Drew: I’ve heard she uses commas a lot in writing my story. We’ve had a few arguments along the way but everything works out in the end.

And one final question for Ms. Katie:
Mrs. E: Katie, do you have any last minute thoughts on your book, your characters, the inspiration for your book, that you would like readers to know?
Ms. Katie: I am of course, thrilled to have my book almost out. I hope that everyone who reads it will be entertained and feel like they’ve gone on a great journey. There were times when my characters wanted to go in a different direction than I wanted them to go, but we worked it out in the end.

Guardian can be ordered from 4RV Publishing LLC or any oneline store or bookstore.

Check out Katie Hines' blog or her website for more writing tips and interviews with some up and coming authors.

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