Monday, January 27, 2014

C.C Gevry, author of A Christmas Kindness

Author Bio:
C.C Gevry is a children’s author from Western Massachusetts. She is a member of SCBWI. A Christmas Kindness is her first book with 4RV Publishing. Ms. Gevry is married with two young children and a son who is married.

Title: A Christmas Kindness
Author: C.C. Gevry
ISBN: 978-0985266141
Page count:  24
Genre: First chapter reader
Price: $11.99

Tell us about your book:
A Christmas Kindness tells the story of eight-year-old Robert’s visit to see a mall Santa on Christmas Eve. He meets, Glenn, a boy with only one wish. Robert must decide if he will ask for all the things on his list or if he will ask Santa to bring his new friend the one thing he wants most of all.

How long did it take to write the book?
The first draft of this story was done in a few weeks. It would take at least half a dozen rewrites before I felt it was ready to submit to a publisher, so overall it took a year.

What inspired you to write the book?
As a mother, I want my children to grow up to be generous people. This can be a challenge, especially in a society that encourages people to put themselves first and judges success by how much “stuff” a person owns. A Christmas Kindness was inspired by my desire to teach my children the importance of thinking of others. I also love Christmas and enjoy writing stories where this holiday plays a role.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
While most of my ideas stew for a long time, this one came to me formed fairly quickly. I’m a slow, easily distracted writer these days. An overwhelming schedule that I am working toward slimming down this year doesn’t help. I write as my schedule allows. I don’t usually edit as I go. I finish a first draft and edit afterwards. Making it to the end is easier for me that way.

I didn’t perform research for this one. Robert visits an unnamed mall in an unnamed town. That was intentional, so kids could see themselves in Robert’s shoes.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
This book actually has two messages. The main one is the importance of thinking of others. Robert wants several things for Christmas, but he meets Glenn, who he can tell by his appearance and the conversation, doesn’t have a lot. When he gets to Santa, Robert considers what he should do. Should he ask for the things on his list or ask Santa to bring Glenn something meaningful? I feel this message will resonate well with children and their parents.

The other message is one of recycling and donating. Robert realizes throughout the story there are other ways he can help and also get something he wants by donating his unused toys or upgrading something he already owns.

Excerpt from book:
Inside the mall, Christmas music and the tinkling of jingle bells tickled Robert’s ears. With his mother, Robert weaved through the crowd of shoppers. He smelled fried food from Burger Mart. The sweet scent of warm chocolate chip cookies from the bakery made his mouth water.

Robert’s shoulders drooped when he saw how many kids waited to see Santa. There were babies, some crying and struggling to get out of their mother’s arms. Little kids, younger than eight-year-old Robert, clung to their father’s pants or jumped up and down as they waited their turn.

“This is going to take forever!”

Where can we go to buy your book?
The book is available from the 4RV Publishing website for only $9.99. This price includes tax and shipping within the United States. Readers can find it at It is also available at these online retailers:

Any other links or info you'd like to share?
Readers can visit my website at http://ccgevry/com There is a news section that will share important updates.

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