Angie, please tell us about yourself.
a. I wear many hats on any given day…I am a wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, daughter, friend, confidant, and a counselor. During the day, I am an IT tech and facilitator at a high school, along with many other titles and descriptions… And by night, I am a friend to all who need me. Somewhere in the middle of all of this, I find time to write and indulge my inner child—who can be a bit bratty at times. Wink… wink. ;)
What is the title of your book?
a. Momma’s Little Helpers
Please tell us a little about your book.
a. Momma’s Little Helpers is a wonderful little story about five young girls who embark upon some great adventures to rally support for their sick mother.
What inspired you to write this book?
a. Honestly, this book was never meant to be written as a story which I intended to share…It was meant to inspire my mother as she was struggling to overcome lung cancer.
Which of your characters is your favorite and why?
a. That would have to be Misty…her character has some great scenes. And because these characters are all representative of my sisters and me, I was able to easily imagine Misty and how she would react within the story. For her small size, she was brave and courageous and fought a great battle with a leprechaun. But truthfully, Misty (my sister) remains a child at heart and always will. I made her parts within the story so colorful because I knew how hard she would laugh when I read it to her—and boy did she!
What is your hope for your book?
a. Only that it keeps doing as well as it has up to this point. It has been received very well and has surpassed any expectations that I had for it. Just a few short weeks ago, Momma’s Little Helpers was bestowed the honor of receiving a B.R.A.G. (Book Reader Appreciation Group) Medallion! What a wonderful honor and completely unexpected. A friend had submitted the book for review and it passed all their judging panels and was awarded the Medallion.
What genre do you write?
a. I like to challenge myself and try to write in as many different genres as possible. Currently, I have written children’s books and YA books within the fantasy category, but have mixed some of them with science fiction and love writing poetry.
How long have you been writing?
a. Since I could hold a pencil…I know…cliché…but also true. I have always been a bit of a story teller and always will be. It is part of my nature, part of who I am and how I express myself. Sometimes I share what I write, and sometimes I don’t. I write for pleasure and sometimes as a means of therapy.
What is your favorite way to promote yourself and your book?
a. I would have to say that would be doing book readings. While it can seem a bit intimidating at first, I have always had my most rewarding experiences reading and discussing the books I have written.
What is your favorite place to market your book?
Do you have other books? (Feel free to list them.)
a. Yes. I have written two novels in my YA fantasy series The Gates of the Realm, The Realm and Vanya’s Quest. I have also written two other children’s books for another series called Monster Feet. Monster Feet was actually self-published and gained some decent attention in a very short time. About three months after its publication, it was contracted by a publishing house. Sue’s Deep Sea Adventure is the second book in that series and has not yet been released.
Is there a message, a lesson, or a moral to your story? If so, would you like to share it?
a. There are many messages hidden within the pages of Momma’s Little Helpers. The girls exhibit teamwork, compassion, support of a loved one during times of need, selflessness and even courage. As the pages turn these five girls deliver many different messages to their audience.
Do you make your own covers?
a. So far, I have for all of them except for The Realm.
Do you have a blog or website?
a. Yes. http://www.angieharris.weebly.com
Are you a morning person or a night person?
Ugh... a morning person. Not me. I am more of a night owl. But... it must work for Angie, because I know her and her writing. I like her books! And, I am so happy for her! Thank you for sharing, Angie!
Having a BRAG medallion is a wonderful honor for an indie author. If you are an indie author and want to know more about the BRAG medallion, you can go to their website at www.bragmedallion.com.
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You can also find "Momma's Little Helpers" on Amazon.com.
A New Cover and a New Contest
There is also a new "Clarinda Cloud" contest...the last one of the year! You can have a chance to win a free copy by just answering two questions...you can pick from the questions on this site and my other blogs:
Clarinda Cloud's Feelings Blog
DUO Education Learning Blog
Here are your questions:
1. Please explore the site. What would you like to see offered for readers or authors on this site?
2. What kinds of books and on what topics would you like to see more of for children? Why?
A winner will be chosen from the people who answered at least two questions at the end of the month or beginning of next year. If nobody answers at least two questions, I will donate a book to someone or some place. If you win but would prefer a book to be given elsewhere, please let me know. (U.S. addresses only at this time, please.) Thank you. Good luck!
Announcements and Shout Outs
Here are the shout outs for today:
*Author Staci Stallings gave me this shout out to post... "Wonderful story of love, faith & forgiveness" DEEP IN THE HEART by Staci Stallingshttp://www.amazon.com/Deep-Heart-Staci.../dp/B005LVVIIG
*Children's author/illustrator Karen Deming also wanted a shout out. I have seen some of her illustrations. Nice work! You are see her site here.
*I would also like to give a shout out for author Bill Hillman. (Bill's work history includes much more than being an author.) He is turning his book into a movie. "Quigley's Christmas Adventure" is now in the funding stage.... you can find out more here. (I am so excited about this, because Clarinda Cloud will be making an appearance in this movie.)