Recently Cheri Ascue, who operates Downs Horseplay and is a local Special Ed teacher in Fernley, NV, stopped GAP author Mary Jean Kelso to introduce her to one of the students.
They were excited because they had been using the Andy series in the classroom and Cheri wanted her student to meet "the author".
Mary Jean had this to say, "Using the books for study has worked out well and the student was very excited to meet me. It was, above all, my pleasure. I am happy to see kids that the books are written to encourage actually enjoying them so much."
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Fernley Elementary School recently asked GAP author Mary Jean Kelso to participate in their celebration of Book Week. Mary Jean read Andy and the Albino Horse to approximately 200 very attentive second grade students.
The reaction of the students was one of awe and amazement. They were enthralled with the story and enjoyed that some of the illustrations artist K.C. Snider painted represented the area they live in.
The story and the pictures brought the Nevada wild mustang and Andy to life in a way they appreciated and hopefully will help them relate in a positive way to individuals and animals with handicaps.
Mary Jean Kelso is a multi-genre author. Besides RV Mouse, The Christmas Angel, and its sequel, One Family’s Christmas, and the Andy & the Albino Horse series (Andy and the Albion Horse, Andy and Spirit Go to the Fair, Andy and Spirit in the Big Rescue and Andy and Spirit Meet the Rodeo Queen--with many more to come). The Adventures of Andy and Spirit and Cowboy James are scheduled for release soon. She is also the author of the young adult Lynne Garrett series:
Goodbye Is Forever, Abducted!, and Sierra Summer. Also Kat’s Cradle, Blue Coat, and The Homesteader series (The Homesteader, The Homesteader's Legacy, Back to the Homestead and Life on the Homestead) and is working on the next--The Homesteader Chronicles--Annabel's Story.
Mary Jean wrote for many newspapers and magazines and was an Asst. Editor prior to concentrating on fiction for children, young adults and adults. Mary Jean recently received awards from The Nevada Press Assn. and The National Press Assn. as a correspondent for The Lahontan Valley News.
She is a member of Made in Nevada. Visit Mary on the Web at www.authorsden.com/maryjeankelso or http://www.andyandthealbinohorse.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
GAP author, Janet Ann Collins, will be one of about fifty authors and illustrators at the Northern California Storybook and Literature Festival in Roseville, CA on Saturday, July 31. She'll also be at the SCBWI table for a while.
The festival will be at the Maidu Library and Community Center, 1530 Maidu Drive, Roseville, CA from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free and hundreds of people are expected to come for the events and children's activities. Collins will be reading a selection and signing copies of her book, The Peril of the Sinister Scientist.
You can visit Janet online at www.janetanncollins.com.
Monday, July 26, 2010
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010
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Friday, July 2, 2010
Children, parents, and teachers are encouraged to check out the latest issue of Guaridan Angel Kids, which talks about the ocean and its critters.
Featured books this month are Gilly, the Seasick Fish, written and illustrated by Susann Batson, and Down by the Shore, written by Marilee Crow, with photo art by Mary Sue Roberts.
This issue also features poems, stories, games, and more!
Read your copy of the July 2010 issue of Guardian Angel Kids, today!
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Joining us today is author Nicole Weaver. Nicole was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. She moved to the United States when she was ten years old. She is fluent in four languages and is a high school teacher. We'll talk to Nicole about her writing, the book she self-published, and her book under contract with Guardian Angel Publishing.
Welcome to the GAP Family Blog, Nicole. It's wonderful to have you with us. Can you start by telling our readers a bit about you and your writing?
I am Haitian American, who came to the United States when I was ten years old. I lived in New York, and after college I moved to Houston, Texas. I met my husband, married, and then moved to Colorado. I have three children who are 22, 20 and 14. My daughter Michele will be a junior in college and Jean-Paul my oldest just finished a dance program affiliated with Dominican University. Luc will be a sophomore in high school in the fall. I am a full time high school French and Spanish teacher. I took up writing as a hobby. A close friend of mine talked me into attending a writer’s conference with her. The conference infused me with enough confidence to venture out and write my first children’s picture book manuscript.
What is it that inspired you to pursue a career in writing?
I love spending a lot of time in the children’s section of my local library reading new releases. I became quite discouraged to see so few books about children of color. After reading Embracing Your Second Calling by Dale Bourke, I am convinced God is calling me to write books that will portray children of color in a positive light. I do the bulk of my writing during the summer months while I am on vacation from teaching.
Let’s talk about Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle. You self-published this book using Outskirts Press. Can you share what that experience was like?
This is a very touchy subject for me, but I am glad you asked the question. I did not like the experience at all. It was very frustrating working with my so called author representative. Many mistakes were made during production of the book. If I had to do it again, I would not go down that road. Discouragement from too many rejections got the better of me. I became too anxious and succumbed to self-publishing my book. Overall, there is a very negative sentiment toward authors who self-publish. All I can say is I am so very happy to have my second book published the traditional way. I am thrilled beyond words. This was a confirmation from God this is indeed what He wants me to do as a second career.
Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle is written in English, French, and Spanish. I’ve seen several bi-lingual books, but not many tri-lingual books. Why did you choose to write this book in three languages?
I am fluent in four languages, and I know from firsthand experience that a child’s brain is wired to learn languages through immersion. The younger you are the easier it is for you to master the language. I figured it would be a good idea to have all three languages side by side on each page. I have received a lot of positive feedback from parents. One parent told me after reading my book to her daughter, her daughter wanted to learn both French and Spanish. Fortunately, in Colorado we have a slew of Immersion schools. The child now attends an immersion school where she is learning both languages.
In addition to your children’s book, you’ve written poetry that has won awards. Can you tell us about this aspect of your work?
In 2005 I entered a poetry contest sponsored by my local library. I entered the contest just for fun. I never dreamed I would win first prize. I have several pieces that have been published in my church's journal. I still write a lot of poetry, it is very therapeutic for me. I hope to publish a book of poetry someday. But for now, I have included some of my poems in my memoir.
How did you become involved with Guardian Angel Publishing?
Donna McDine did a review for my newly published picture book. I saw the GAP emblem on her blog. The name Guardian Angel caught my attention, so I decided to check out their website to learn more about the company. I liked what I read about GAP and made the decision to submit my manuscript to Lynda. After a few revisions she offered me a contract.
What is your book about and when will it be released?
My book is called My Sister is My Best Friend. It is about two twin sisters who do everything together. The script is in English, French and Spanish. I got inspired to write the book after I met my half sister from my father’s side. Meeting her left me wondering what it would have been like to grow up with her. My imagination went to work full time and that is how I came up with the script. I do not know the exact time and date when the book will be released. I can only estimate that it will be late 2010 or early 2011. When I first signed the contract Lynda informed me her books are usually published between 9-12 months. I am keeping my fingers cross.
What are you working on now?
I am working on my memoir and a second children’s picture book. A group of Black editors from London invited me to submit work for a book that will be launched on August 13th, 2010. All the proceeds from the book will go to the Lambi Fund of Haiti for earthquake relief. I have one short story and a poem that will be published. Four out of six students who submitted work from my French class will get published too. I am really excited about this opportunity. Once the book is released the local media in Denver will be interviewing me and my students.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
I tell aspiring writers to never give up. Writing is like learning a foreign language the more you practice the better you will get at it.
Is there anything you would like to add?
Thank you Cheryl for interviewing me.
Thank you to Lynda for making my dreams come true by giving me a contract. Last but not least, a big thank you goes to all of the Angels, you all are the very best!
Thanks for being with us today, Nicole. We enjoyed learning more about you. Good luck with your writing.
You can visit Nicole online at http://www.authorsden.com/nicoleweaver.
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