Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Babysitter Beware Book Drawing!

Mom's Choice Awards posted an interview with me on December 10, 2012. Imagine my surprise when I saw the twitt go out when I was at the Mesquite Festival of Books. I remembered them sending me a few questions to answer some months back but never heard a peep after.

The interview shares about my inspiration, writing my award-winning book (which has won not only the Silver Mom's Choice Seal but also the 2011 Silver Quill here in Utah) and a bit about me in general. Yes, there are a few typos, not sure if that was me typing replies to questions at 2am in the morning or what...but the overall interview is done well.

Here is little sample:

VS Grenier (or Virginia, as we like to call her) is not just a children’s book author – she’s also founder and owner of Stories For Children Publishing, LLC; chief editor for Halo Publishing, Int; host of several blog talk radio shows – including The World of Ink Network: Stories for Children and The Writing Mama; and more! She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the League of Utah Writers.

Whew!! Virginia lives in southern Utah with her husband and three children.

Please welcome Virginia to the Spotlight!

But if you want to ready the Q&A, you'll have to visit the interview spotlight at http://honoreeblog.momschoiceawards.com/babysitter-beware-v-s-grenier-picture-book-a-real-life-story/

Please leave a comment and if you leave a comment here about something you learned about me, I'll enter you into a contest to win a FREE Autographed Signed Copy of "Babysitting SugarPaw"!

The drawing will be on January 1, 2013 so good luck.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Mesquite Festival of Books

I'll be presenting two workshops, visiting one of the elementary schools and signing books at the Mesquite Festival of Books. I'm really looking forward to speaking with children and adults not only about my books but why I love to write.

I'm not sure which elementary school I'll be visiting during the day on Friday December 14th. But I can't wait to meet the teachers and kids.

Here is a bit more information, however note updates keep coming in.

4 pm    Opening of Festival
                        “The Song of Dr. Seuss” by the Virgin Valley Honor Choir
                                                                          Directed by Jenny Bennett

4:30     Introduction of Authors

5 pm    Keynote Speaker “Changing Lives, Oe Story at a Times” David Farland
David Farland is the New York Times best selling author of 50 books and this year’s winner of the Hollywood Book Festival for “Best Book of the Year,: along with International Book Award for “Best Young Adult Novel of the Year.”
He is a past writing Professor at BYU where he mentored such international bestsellers as Stephanie Meyer (Twilight series), Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time) and Dan Wells ( I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER). He is currently the lead judge for the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future contest, the world’s largest science fiction and fantasy writing contest.
                                Dave has also worked a s a videogame deisnge and scripter and a as a screenwriter.

6 pm    Workshops
            Library             Lisa Mangum               Building Better Characters/ Killer Openings
            Art Room         VS Grenier                   Creating Characters--4 to 6 graders
            Music Room    Julie Wright                 Writing Romance—young adults
            Classroom        Betty Haines                Getting started to write—1 to 4 graders
            Backstage                                            Reading time for pre-school children

6:30     Workshops
            Art Room         Roo Arledge                Kanga reads--children             
            Music Room    Charles Loomis                        Writing adventures--teenagers

7 pm    Workshops     
            Library             JoAnn Arnold              Using Your Imagination—all ages
Music room     Karen Hoover              How to Become an Idea Factory--pre-teen and teens
Art room          David W. Smith                       Writing about Disney--children                       

7:30     Workshops
            Library             Michael McGreer         Getting You Work Published--adults
            Music Room    Terry Donnelly                        Writing with Details—age 8 through teens
            Art Room         Shane Williams                        Writing Funny Poems—ages 5 to 7
            Backstage                                            Reading time for preschool children

 8 pm   Festival adjourns until morning

Saturday, December 15, 2012

10 am Introduction of Authors
11 am  Elmo Dance—Mesquite Toes Tap Team directed by Vickie Eckman

11:15   Speaker—Lisa Magnum
            Best-selling author and associate editor of Deseret Book Company

12:15   Annie Dance by Mesquite Toes

12:20   Speaker—Russell Estlack
            Best-selling author, Pulitzer Prize nominee for SHATTERED Lives SHATTERED Dreams
1:30     Workshops
            Library             JoAnn Arnold              Imagination--anf age
            Music Room    Judy Leinberger                       Writing Fiction Based on Real Experiences—any age
            Art Room         Traci McDonald           Plotting a Story--teens
            Classroom        Betty Haines                Getting Started to Write—1 to 4 grades
            Backstage                                            Reading time for young children

2 pm    Workshops
            Art Room         Roo Arledge                Kanga reads--young children
            Library             Shane Williams                        7 Rs of Writing Funny Poems—Ages 8-11
            Music Room    Michelle Jeffries          The Power of Persistence--teens

2:30     Workshops
            Library             Marsha Ward               Encouraging Family Literacy--adults
            Music Room    Amy Jarecki                How I Wrote a Native American Novel—any age
            Art Room         Donald Hendon                       Writing Non-fiction—older teens to adults
            Classroom        Julie Wright                 Reaching Your Potential--any age
            Backstage                                            Reading time for young children

3:30     Speaker—David W. Smith
Top-selling author of Disney mystery series—Hidden Mickey, owner of Synergy Publishing, Speaker of the Year for USPA, Senior Editor of TennisOne.com

4:30     Workshops
Library              Karen Hoover                        An Author’s  Life                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             --any age
            Music Room    Mercedes Yardley        Writing for a Magazine—any age
            Art Room         VS Grenier                   Using Your Five Senses—teenagers
            Classroom        Betty Haines                Getting Started to Write—5th -8th grades
            Backstage                                            Reading time for children

5:15     Closing Remarks          David Farland will lead final comments by authors

Hope to see you there!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Live Reading of Award-winning Picture Book "Babysitting Sugarpaw" on World of Ink Network

Join authors JD Holiday and Christy Condoleo on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 10am EST, 9am CST, 8am MST, and 7am PST for two tales!

Babysitting Sugarpaw by award-winning author VS Grenier & illustrated by Kevin Collier. A little bear named Sugar Paw hopes to get rid of his babysitter, Bonnie Whiskers, by getting her into trouble after making changes to his rules chart.

Author site: http://vsgrenier.com

To buy her book: http://www.amazon.com/Babysitting-SugarPaw-VS-Grenier/dp/1935268066/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354501950&sr=8-1&keywords=babysitting+sugarpaw
Cinderella's Magical Wheelchair by award winning author Jewel Kats & illustrated by Richa Kinra. In a Kingdom far, far away lives Cinderella. As expected, she slaves away for her cranky sisters and step-mother. She would dearly love to attend the Royal costume ball and meet the Prince, but her family is totally dead set against it. In fact, they have gone so far as to trash her wheelchair!

Author site: http://jewelkats.com

To buy her book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1615991123/ccusersgroup

JD Holiday's site: www.bookgarden.net
Christy Condoleo's site: www.eppyscreations.com
It’s story Time, Gather Round’s Site: http://itsstorytimeforkids.blogspot.com

All stories read on the show are copyrighted by the authors. The show has permission from the authors to read their books and display pictures from it.

Listen in at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork/2012/12/08/its-story-time-gather-round-12-08-2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Interview Friday with Shriley Kufeldt, author of Bible Bites

After growing up with four sisters in Illinois, then raising two daughters, Shirley Kufeldt and her husband left Illinois and her daughters to retire to Northern Wisconsin in 2007. Having participated in Bible studies for over 30 years and hearing of the efforts of so many others over the years to document their personal walk of faith, she developed the Bible Bites series. Mrs. Kufeldt participates in Tea Party activities as time allows and cares for her one grandchild (when asked) with joy.

I want to thank you for being my guest here on The Writing Mama today. How long have you been writing?

Shirley: I struggled with journaling my prayer requests many times over the years and was never successful. Trying to focus on a blank sheet of paper just didn’t work for me and my prayer journals turned into whining sessions that did not glorify God and I knew it. Over the years, I accumulated bits and pieces of knowledge, saw others who were successful in areas where I was not. When the recession started in 2008, I began journaling in a book my friend had developed over ten years ago. After completing her journal in just 30 days, I found that I wanted to journal more.

VS: What inspired you to write your book? If this is a personal story about you, please share about the decision to open up about your life. 

Shirley: At the end of 2008, my retirement funds were rapidly being depleted, so I asked God what I could do. I had just discovered I enjoyed journaling but there was nothing in the Christian book market that matched the idea God had given me. The first title I came up with was God’s Word, My Walk. But I knew the name was a very important component to success so I just asked God for the name. The title became Bible Bites.

VS: Can you share with us a little about your current books?

Shirley: These are all small personal journals developed to start a Legacy series. The first title is MEET GOD AND HIS SON. Verses in this journal focus on God’s unconditional love for each of us as individuals and the salvation that He offers through Jesus Christ.  

About six ago as I was facilitating a Bible study I asked ladies to respond to the verses they had just read. The one comment was “Wow” as they learned about God’s unconditional love for them, which is now THE WOW FACTOR.  

Quite a few years ago, I learned to take my eyes off my problem and focus on God for the solution, hence, GOALS THAT LEAD TO SUCCESS.   

We just had election this year and we will have elections in the future. In AMERICA, LAND THAT I LOVE I found scriptures that apply to governing, justice and leadership to include in this journal.  

VS: What did you find to be the most challenging part of writing your books?

Shirley: I went about getting these books published the wrong way. I was assembling scripture and looking for a printer, sending out requests for printing quotes according to a specific set of criteria—size and pages. The printing estimates were too expensive. I signed up for many email subscriptions, reading to learn the self-publishing industry.  

One day I noticed Halo Publishing, thinking this would be another rabbit trail of wasted time.  Numerous e-mails and phone calls directed me to Lisa Umina who took her time with me. In one of our conversations, I mentioned that Eagle River, Wisconsin has Cranberry Fest every October and 40,000 people come to town for the full fall colors, cranberry treats and a craft fair. She focused on that event and was the impetus that got me from publishing “someday” to actually moving forward. She had to convince me that I had a good product because I still felt uncertainty in my heart.

VS: What part of your book do you feel really stands out to you personally?

Shirley: Early one morning I walked out in front of a vacation home in the summer and took two sunrise pictures, one of which is the front cover of MEET GOD AND HIS SON. This was a great gift from God for me to use to glorify Him. God gives each of us a gift to use that somewhere along the line can be used to glorify Him.  

VS: Do you have any other works in progress? Can you share a little about them?

Shirley: I would like to develop a series of topics coupled with a small Bible of just the Psalms and Proverbs. My target audience is high school graduates leaving home for the first time to give them the timeless wisdom of Proverbs and the abounding love of God in Psalms.

VS: What do you think are the basic ingredients of a good book?

Shirley: A good book examines a problem with a thorough diagnosis or definition and looks at the events that reveal a problem. Finding the root of the problem, not just the symptoms, is the real challenge. The symptoms are really just all the tentacles that extend outward in so many different directions. Once the root is exposed, it can be attacked with God’s Word. There are no easy solutions and no quick answers. But a good book will show a progression of good starts, setbacks, regrouping and a continuation to the eventual honorable resolution of the problem. And it might take a lifetime to reach that conclusion.

VS: Where can the readers of The Writing Mama find out more about your writing?

Shirley: Bible Bites can be purchased through Halo publishing - www.halopublishing.com
Your readers can visit my blog at www.BibleBites.net

VS: Is there anything else you would like to share with us about being a “Writing Mama or Dad”?

Shirley: All my life I had always been a shy person. I knew I always wanted to get beyond that so about 15 years ago, I began to attend a support group at my church and I always did my homework. I wondered why I felt compelled to work on myself more and longer than anyone else did for the years I attended. I saw too many women only show up for one meeting or one study and they missed out on what God could accomplish through their lives.  

During the past three years of writing my prayer requests, I’m experiencing the transforming and renewal process where God is doing something in my life that may not have occurred otherwise. I've been involved in a tea party group and I am more confident in my life and it's easier for me to confront a wrong now without experiencing fear.

The World of Ink Network will be touring author Shirley Kufeldt’s personal devotions book series, Bible Bites published by Halo Publishing International. You can find out more about Shirley Kufeldt’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/bb3ofxd

To learn more about the World of Ink Tours visit http://worldofinknetwork.com