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Vendor: Ambassador International
Publication Date: 2013
Located in: Topeka, Kansas
Submitted: April 28, 2013
Tell us a little about yourself. I was a first grade and Reading Recovery teacher for 22 years. A couple of years ago I took early retirement in order to care for my mother, who has Alzheimer's. She was the inspiration for my first book, My Mom Has Alzheimer's: Inspiration and Help for Caregivers (Bridge-Logos Foundation, 2009).
What was your motivation behind this project? I've always loved to write humorous and heartwarming stories, and I've always loved kids. These two loves have merged in The Children Are Tender.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope this book will become an "old friend" book, a volume returned to time and again because the characters have become as familiar and comforting as a grandmother's voice or a beloved teacher's smile.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? This was my first novel, and the creative process was just fascinating to me. The story took on a life of its own so that I almost felt my job was simply to record events and descriptions of characters that already existed. Karola and its inhabitants felt real to me, and I think readers will share that sense of reality.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? James Herriot's stories inspired me. His writing style validated mine because I had already written the first chapter to my novel back in the early 80's when I read my first Herriot book. I heaved a sigh of relief; first person is ok! A fictionalized memoir; ok!! Later on, I was encouraged by Jan Karon's Mitford series, which proves there is a market for feel-good fiction with a small town focus.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: This book is one that both men and women will enjoy. If you don't believe that just check out the first chapter. It deals with a male oriented issue if ever there was one!