Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Children's Playground Week 13-An Interview with Jennifer Garden

Today, we will give highlight to work of a famous blogger in our community, let’s welcome Jennifer Garden and her lovely Children’s Books…She has two books published and her third book is cooking and will be done soon…instead of digging deep to her particular books, let’s hear what she has to say about publishing as children’s author of 6 years…

Bio:  Author and Editor-in-Chief of My Light Magazine-Jennifer Gladen, she also does Book Reviews on Children’s Playground at Bluebell Books, To have your book reviewed, please send an e-mail with your book, info and contact information to jennifer_gladen5@msn.com

Why do you decide to get published?

I have always loved writing for children and always knew this is something I wanted to do. Once my children were born and I was home with them for a while (I have 3 children and 2 of them have chronic medical problems) I decided to pursue my writing.

What kind of books do you have out there?

I have two published books : A Star in the Night and Teresa’s Shadow.  My third one, Angel Donor, is being illustrated and should be out shortly.  All three are children’s picture books. 

Angel Donor is a special book about a young girl in need of a liver transplant. When my own daughter was going through this situation herself, I tried to prepare her by reading about it, but we couldn’t find anything out there.

Teresa’s Shadow - Every child once in a while expresses a fear at bedtime. Some fear the dark. Some fear the possibilities of monsters. Some, fear both!

One night at bedtime Teresa discovers Corky, a furry visitor, in her room. Corky is no ordinary monster. In fact he seems just as scared as Teresa. Teresa soon realizes she must help Corky get home. But how can she when she’s afraid of the dark and Corky is afraid of the light?

A Star in the Night: Geared for children 5-12, this is a Christmas story about the true meaning of Christmas. Is it all about the shopping, gifts, cookies and parties? Or is there something more David is missing?

As taken from the book's blurb: "David makes his way home on Christmas Eve and sees this is no ordinary night. Accompanied by a shimmering star and some tough decisions, David encounters three experiences that will change his view of Christmas forever. Join David on his wondrous journey home."

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing for over 6 years.

Do you have previous publishing experiences?

Yes. In addition to my picture books, I have written poems,articles and stories for publications such as Once Upon a Time, Stories for Children, Voices for the Unborn. I also write for a column on Catholic Mom. In addition I started my own Catholic magazine for children.

What is the reason you choose the host of your publishing? 

I chose Guardian Angel Publishing because I Iike the books they publish and I respect the authors who have had their work published there.

Which part of the book do you believe is most charming to readers? Please include 2 or 3 poems in your book. For fiction, please pick out a paragraph to share.

Here is a paragraph from A Star in the Night :

A longhaired man with a beard clung to the curb
inches away from the crowd of holiday shoppers.
Softball sized holes engulfed his white clothes. The
man spotted David and limped closer to him. A chill
ran down David’s back. He knew he shouldn’t talk to
strangers, and this one smelled terrible!

Do you have any hints on how to get published?

Keep at it. It may take several rejections before your first publication.  If you stick with it and accept any advice from an editor, you will succeed. Remember, it takes time.

Check out Jennifer’s Books from Links Below: She is a gem writer for today’s children!

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Unknown said...

this is super beautiful, Jen.

keep it up.

Unknown said...

Good Luck on your third book.

bless your day.

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