My book is: A Little Birdie Told Me: About Divorce. This is a Christian book for children about the healing power of God’s love through the trial of divorce. Pete is very sad. He just found out his parents are getting a divorce. Sitting in his backyard feeling sad and alone, he meets two new friends who help him realize that his parents’ divorce is not his fault, and that he is not alone after all.
Tell us something about yourself.
I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This was my first attempt at writing. I am the mother of two wonderful sons and Grandmother to a precious grandson.
What inspired you to write this book?
The reason I was inspired to write this book was my husband walked off and left me over 20 years ago. I had two sons and I saw the hurt they experienced with our divorce. Through a lot of talking to each other and a lot of praying, we made it. Since that time I have had so many people ask how we made it through this life changing experience. They all say they wish they had a resource to open the lines of communication with their children and get them to talk about what is bothering them. If children aren’t allowed to talk through these feelings, they often grow up to be angry adults with unresolved issues. Children are so often the innocent victims of divorce. They feel that maybe they are to blame or that they could have done something to prevent it. Unless parents take time to talk to children, their imaginations can run wild during this time. They worry about whether the other parent might leave, where they are going to live, and how will their lives change. Children also feel very alone. This book lets them know they are never alone, God is always there for them.
How did you choose the title?
I chose the title because it is through the wisdom of the beautiful cardinal named Caleb that Pete and his friend Renny come to realize they are not alone.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
The only obstacle to having my book published was me. I kept praying about it and writing a little and putting it away. Finally, I realized I had to finish writing it. Tate Publishing publised it for me and I have seen a tremendous response since.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
The names of the characters are Caleb, Renny and Pete. Caleb is named after my grandson, Caleb. Pete is named after my Uncle Pete, who always prayed for us when he was alive. Renny was a name I always had in my head while writing this book, he is not for a particular person.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
One of the things I learned from writing and publishing this book was a big surprise for me. I always thought it would only be helpful for children but have been amazed at the adults who say it helped them. They were products of divorce and said it made them feel better even though they were adults. What an added bonus!!
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
If I were to do it over, I don’t think I would change anything. It was such a wonderful experience to see my work published, and the words and pictures to come alive.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
I love to read any book written by Karen Kingsbury. I love every one of her books. They are heartwarming stories.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
The best advice I can give someone is to not ever give up. If you have a story you feel needs to be told, don’t stop till you write it and find someone to help you in the publishing process.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
The perfect reader of my book is between the ages of 4-8 yrs. old even though, as I mentioned before, adults are loving it too.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
My book is available at Tate Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble online, Books a Million on line. They can also buy it directly from me by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.