Monday, September 30, 2013

C.L. Murphy, author of The Adventures of Lovable Lobo - Lobo Finds Bigfoot

Author Bio:
While new to the children's book writing and illustrating scene, C.L. has been doodling her way through life since she won a school wide poster contest in the third grade. She continues to hone her creative skills by writing, designing, drawing and painting.


Title: The Adventures of Lovable Lobo - Lobo Finds Bigfoot
Author: C.L. Murphy
ISBN: 978-0-988318731
Page count: 31 pages
Genre: Children's fiction picture book for ages 3-7 years
Price: .99
 
Tell us about your book:
There's something in the forest that smells very different to Lobo in his third adventure.  What could it be?  He discovers Squatchy, a little Bigfoot!  Squatchy leads Lobo and his little feathered sidekick, Roxy, to a clearing where they witness the Squatchy Stomp.  Stomp along to the beat just like the Bigfoots do!  Find Squatchy when he hides in the trees and learn the secret  Bigfoot signal!  BELIEVE!

How long did it take to write the book?
The series - The Adventures of Lovable Lobo is 13 years in the making, in my mind, that is. I have so many Lovable Lobo story ideas in line ready to jump onto the pages. Each story takes about 3 to 4 months to create.

What inspired you to write the book?
For inspiration, I didn't have to go any further than my own backyard.  I have raised a beautiful wolf for the last 13 years.  He is quite the character and I've always found it perplexing that most people fear him because of the way he looks…like a wolf.  Bad wolves exist in so many fairytales and movies, now days, and I wanted to portray a good wolf that is lovable with a few quirks. 

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
Because I also illustrate the series, I usually start with creating a few pictures first.  When I begin I already know how I want the story to progress and I go from there. 

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
My books are just for pure entertainment  and enjoyment for young children.  If anything, perhaps "Don't prejudge and always be yourself."

Excerpt from book:
“Bigfoots stomp around the forest, looking for things to eat,” said Squatchy, as he stomped his feet. 
“Are you going to eat me?” asked Lobo, as he and Roxy hid behind a tree.
“No, I’m not going to eat you or your little bird friend,” said Squatchy. 

Where can we go to buy your book?
On the iBookstore for an iPad

Any other links or info you'd like to share?


Monday, September 23, 2013

Donna McDine, author of Hockey Agony

Author Bio:
Multiple award-winning children’s author, Donna McDine writes, moms and is a personal assistant from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Children’s Literature Network, and Family Reading Partnership.

Title: Hockey Agony
Author: Donna M. McDine
Illustrator: Julie Hammond
Soft cover: ISBN: 9781616333607; 161633360X
eBook: ISBN: 9781616333614; 1616333618
Page count: 22
Genre: 8-12 years old
Price: $9.95 soft cover / $5.00 e-Book

Tell us about your books:
Hockey Agony: Peer Pressure and Honesty many times go hand-in-hand.  What is Larry to do when his teammate asks him to cheat when he is given the responsibility to run the clock during the big hockey game?  Outwardly, it may seem he will follow suit, but his conscious tells him otherwise at the moment of truth.

How long did it take to write the book?
Hockey Agony: one month first draft

What inspired you to write the book?
Hockey Agony: My lifelong interest in sports and watching my children, nieces and nephews compete in one sport or another inspired me to write Hockey Agony.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
No day is the same. I grab my writing time when I can, whether it be 15 minutes here and there are longer. I always have my To Do List, a pad of paper and pen with me for those unexpected moments of time especially when waiting for my daughter to come out of basketball practice.

For Hockey Agony I researched the rules of the game and for Powder Monkey I researched the history of the Royal Navy Press Gangs.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
Hockey Agony: In today’s day and age it’s more important than ever to teach our children that “honesty is the best policy.” It may sound like a cliché to some, but without honesty and staying to true one’s self we would all self destruct. 

Excerpt from book:
Hockey Agony: “That night Larry found himself up high at center rink in the score box. All alone until the door swung open, Larry came face-to-face with Pearl River’s worst player, Matthew Prince, with his right arm in cast. Of course, it couldn’t be their best player…right.”


Where can we go to buy your book?
Hockey Agony:

Any other links or info you'd like to share?
www.donnamcdine.com

The World of Ink Network will be touring the spell bounding ride of stories by award-winning children’s author, Donna McDine throughout September and October 2013.

The roller coaster action in each escapade will transport the reader into a specific time period. One never knows where they will end up, past or present.
 
You can find out more about Donna McDine, her books and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/3tv4jgf

Monday, September 16, 2013

MaryAnn Tatro, author of Milton the Square Shell Turtle


Author Bio:
MaryAnn Tatro grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, but her heart is in the country.  She currently lives in Wadsworth, Ohio with her husband Dennis of 20 years and their cat.
After high school, she attended Southern Ohio Business College and received a degree in Office administration and communication.  She also attended Cooper School of Art for 1 year and took away with her a love to create, design and never be afraid of color.

She worked several years for a publishing company in Cleveland while raising her son Ryan.
MaryAnn and her husband enjoy nature walks, antiques, yard sales and being with family. 

Title: Milton The Square Shell Turtle
Author: MaryAnn Tatro
ISBN: 978-1-61244-106-1
Page count: 24 pages
Genre: Children’s book
Price: $11.95 paperback and $4.95 e-book

Tell us about your book:
Milton is a story of a turtle.  Unlike other turtles with round or oval shells, Milton has a square shell. One afternoon, and being new to the area, he decides to take a walk to the pond to relax.

Just when he thinks he finds the perfect spot, he can’t stay.  Not wanting to cause a problem, he goes further up the pond, only to discover, home is the best place to relax.

How long did it take to write the book?
It took me 2 months to write the book, however, it actually started 28 years ago.  I had no idea then there would be a book in my future.

What inspired you to write the book?
My inspiration came from a 10x10 tile my son painted 28 years ago for a project his day-care and a selected few other day-cares participated in.  After the tiles were completed, they were displayed at a local park in the Cleveland area.  My son painted a turtle on his tile.  A few years ago the tiles were relocated to another area park and that’s when the idea for a story came to mind.  I wanted to capture the memory in a children’s book and Milton the square shell turtle was born.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
I don’t have any particular writing routine, per say…..I keep notebooks and pens in every room in the house and when an idea comes to mind, I’ll jot that idea down and perhaps use it for future reference.
I did do research on turtles. 

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
That we are all different and unique and that includes nature.  I want my readers to also know, Milton has a peaceful personality and doesn’t let his square shell keep him from being who he is.

Excerpt from book
This passage is how the book opens:     

This is the story of a turtle named Milton.  Now Milton is different from other turtles because of his shell.  You see, Milton has a square shell, but that didn’t discourage Milton in anyway.  He only thought of himself as being special.



Where can we go to buy your book?
Interested readers can go to Halo Publishing’s website and click on “authors” and find me and order there, or amazon, e-bay.  They can also contact me via e-mail at: dtatro62@yahoo.com or if they’re ever in the Wadsworth, Ohio area, Buehlers Supermarket, and two stores in the Cleveland, Ohio area as well. 



I hope readers enjoy the book.  I’ve sold many books from my own personal order and I get good, positive feedback.  Milton is for ages 0-7 and it’s a good book for parents and grandparents to read to a child.

Thank you,
MaryAnn Tatro



Places available for sale:
Amazon.com


You can find out more about MaryAnn Tatro, her book and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/oz73p92