I live in St. Louis, MO, but my heart and soul hang out at the beach. I am a multi-genre, award winning writer, and speaker. I am a seasoned pre-k teacher, on line writing instructor, wife, mother, Nana to twelve. Hopefully, something I say will make you smile, further your writing career, or inspire you to write from the heart, too.
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Would you? Could you?
Not just writing a Good Reads or Amazon book review,
but personally contacting a New York Times Best Selling author…
Would you? Could you? Have you ever?
When my grandson was a young reader he was thrilled
with a middle grade novel, Saving Zasha, a story about a boy and
his German Shepherd during WWII.
I contacted author, Randi Barrow to express my thanks
and tell her how much her book influenced Nicholas, who declared after reading Saving Zasha that he was going to join the
military when he finished high school.
Until recently he was still so influenced by Randi Barrow’s book, he considered
joining the Army. I am happy he changed his mind and will be entering college on Monday. Saving Zasha is a book that will forever remain with Nick.
Randi Barrow replied to my original letter, and I
presented her letter to Nick, who still considers it a treasure.
Lesley Kagen is a New
York Times Best Selling Author of ten novels.
Her books are written from the
viewpoint of children as narrators and they are set in the ’50s and ’60. Recognizable
places, things, and brand names make me smile at the familiarity. Page after
page transports me back to my childhood. Her themes address serious adult issues
and empower the narrators.
About the same time Nick discovered Randi Barrow's Saving Zasha, I discovered Leslie Kagen's first novel,Whistling in the Dark. I felt as Nicholas did, enthralled, lost in the story,
a part of it. I didn’t want it to end.
contacted her and told her how her book was the escapism I needed to get
through a particularly difficult time in my life. My friend Sheila was
suffering from effects of brain cancer and I knew we would lose her soon. Through the pages of Lesley Kagen's book, I imagined Sheila and myself as the main
Lesley Kagen replied with a heartfelt response. A week
later her next book arrived in the mail with a lovely inscription… a complete
surprise, which made me cry.
Authors are people who have lives
just like you and I.
They thrive on positive reviews and encouraging comments.
This week I picked up another of Lesley Kagen’s books,
Land of a Hundred Wonders, and I intend to get lost on another great
adventure. Lesley Kagen's latest and greatest, Every Now and Then, will be released October 6, 2020.