Books by Rose Rosie Russell Children's Books Author Illustrator
 
Allow me to introduce a sweet author friend, Jessica Adams, I met in one of my authors groups. She has a passion for her stories from her childhood. 


1) Hi Jessica! Tell us how you decided on becoming an author?

   Hi Rosie! Thank you for the interview! I first wanted to become an author when I was in 6th grade. An author, Laura Jane Coats, visited my elementary school. I had the honor of helping to make a large banner to welcome her to the school. The school had an assembly where the author talked about her book, Marcella and the Moon, and I was so impressed. I began dreaming of someday writing my own book based on the conversations I had with my mom when I was little about my toys. I was worried about what would happen to my toys when I grew up. I wanted to keep my toys with me when I moved out of the house, but I knew my sister would also want to keep her toys. If the toys were separated, wouldn't they miss each other? My mom told me not to worry because the toys would find each other. How? Through The Underground Toy Society of course! We talked about The Underground Toy Society all the time, and I thought it would be great to someday write a book about how toys help each other. I never actually sat down to write the book until after my own children were born. My kids were receiving a lot of gifts and toys, yet wanting more and more stuff to clutter our home. They would not listen to clean up their toys. They did not want to donate any toys. The overabundance of toys in our house gave me the final piece of the puzzle I needed to complete my first book, The Underground Toy Society.




2) Your illustrations are drawn by your daughters. I bet they love helping you! How did you arrive at that idea?

   Well, for the first book, I actually did the illustrations. While showing the book to some friends at church, one of the moms asked me who did the illustrations. I told her I did, but she commented that it would have been neat if my girls had done them. My original intentions were to publish one book. I never dreamed that I would come up with more than one story idea for more books. Then, my grandmother brought an old picture of my mom with her doll to my house to show my daughters. When I saw the picture, I realized that I had forgotten all about my mom's doll! Then, another story was born, The Underground Toy Society Saves Peggy. I thought about what my friend at church had said, and thought it would be wonderful for my girls to try to help with the illustrations. That was a challenge for all of us. First of all, I am a control freak. Things need to be the way I want them. Yet, working with little girls and telling them their drawings need to be redone doesn't always work so well. We worked together and I tried to give them extra time to complete the pictures. If something needed to be redone, I would be as positive as I could be and give suggestions instead of commands. I wanted them to keep their love of drawing and not bring them down, but inspire them. They are really making progress with their artwork and drawings, especially my youngest daughter. The only trouble is getting them motivated to draw pictures for my books. I do not force them to draw, but I wait for them to be inspired. Both of them have actually started writing and illustrating their own books!

3) You have clever ways you market your books. Inform our readers some of the ideas you have come up with.

   It's funny you should ask this because book marketing is still a mystery to me! After stressing myself out with marketing, I decided it was better to have fun with it. We love being in parades. The toys wave to the crowd and it is so heartwarming to see the people waving back at teddy bears and stuffed animals. My daughters help me create YouTube videos with their toys. I take photos for Instagram that usually have something to do with toys, kids, or parenting. I also love creating graphics using Canva.com. It is a great program with a lot of free templates and pictures. I use Facebook events a lot to promote free download days from Amazon when my books are on Kindle Unlimited. Recently, Beary and Ellie took a road trip to promote Beary's book, The Underground Toy Society Helps Beary Bear. I think I had more fun than my kids while taking pictures for the road trip. The best results usually come from Facebook events for me. Results are in the form of free downloads of my books, with a few reviews posted on Amazon. It doesn't necessarily result in further sales, but the book reviews are extremely helpful. Book reviews keep me motivated to write more books.

4) Where can our readers find you and your books?

Signed copies of my books are available to purchase on my Website.
My books are also available on Amazon.
I am on numerous social platforms: 
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
YouTube
Linkedin
Pinterest  
Google+
Goodreads

Thank you for taking time to share all your cute stories Jessica! The best of luck to you on your books!
Happy Reading!
Rosie


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Allow me to introduce a wonderful author friend, Tracy Bryan! 
Welcome Tracy! 




1) Tell us about yourself Tracy. 


   Like most authors, I’m a bit of an introvert and I feel most comfortable snuggled up in my desk chair, tapping away on my laptop. This is not to say that I’m not sociable. I lead an abundant and eventful life that is filled with many people that are special to me. I just prefer to spend quiet, reflective times by myself or with my family.

   I live in central Florida and moved here from Toronto, Canada about five years ago. I have been happily married for 25 roller coaster filled years. My husband is the focus of my life presently- he is my best friend, travel partner and sharer of all things that are important to me. My kids are grown and beginning their lives, but I see them as much as I can. I am so proud of them and they are my everything!  I have two adopted furry kids too named Jack and Rusty. These whimsical and far too clever Jack Russell Terriers are just that, but they keep me balanced and give great snuggles.

   When I’m not writing, reading or out walking my doggies, I can be found doing yoga or creating miniature faerie gardens in my special pink craft studio that my husband created for me. I love movies and like to place actors to the movies they’ve done and other trivia related to all things film and cinema. Years ago, I went to school and majored in Theatre and English, but my path in life led to family instead. Always a home-body, nurturer of all and dedicated mom, I would change nothing about the accomplishments and mistakes I’ve made so far. I have passed the last five years writing books for kids themed around self-esteem, mental health, mindfulness, and social issues.

2) I see you have books for readers, ranging from age 3 -12 years.

   My passion for writing was awakened again (after years in hiatus) about five years ago. I began writing books for kids about aviation. At the time, we had just moved to an aviation community and my husband is a pilot, yet I had always been afraid to fly in small airplanes. I decided that I needed to research and immerse myself in aviation in order to understand flight and confront my fear. Writing to kids (and adults) about complex concepts and issues in a simplified way in order to understand them just became part of my style after that.

3) Who are the illustrators for your books? To help authors out there, what advice would you give them for finding an illustrator?

   Initially, and because I have no visual arts talent, I used photograph images (from a stock photo membership) to illustrate my books. This process is a lot more detailed than you would think. I’m so detail oriented, so picking just the right image that suits the text is very important to me. My most recent non-fiction book that has this artistic style is called Being The Change In The World. It focuses on social change and I wrote this to empower kids aged 7-10 and to help them find a mindful way to look and deal with the complicated world we live in.

   As far as my traditional picture books, Put Away Your Phone! and Too Many Things! I sought out Professional Illustrator David Barrow through The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators SCBWI

   At first, David was the only one who responded to the multiple inquiries that I made to artists in this organization. It was fate. We clicked instantly and from there is was so easy to build a respectful collaboration together. We both agreed on a contract from the very beginning and this made it both organized and fair. I think if both the author’s and illustrator’s intentions are addressed and met, there shouldn’t be any conflict. Again, David was so easy going and the fact that he was the more experienced professional and I was a new author, this made negotiating a fee with him simple. He asked for a certain price and I gave it to him. I had done lots of research and knew his worth. I’m going to assume it gets more complicated when agents, editors, and publishers need to be considered in the negotiations. I can’t begin to imagine what it’s like when all these people are involved in the creative process too. David and I were a small team and simply emailed our expectations, goals, and encouragement back and forth to each other. Easy Peasy!

4) You have some big news to share with our readers. What would you like to tell about that?



   I am so excited to announce that my daughter Jade and I are working on a book project together right now. Jade studies, advocates, and promotes diversity in all cultural forms (race, gender, sexual orientation, psychology, and neurology) and has been enlightening me about Neurodiversity. The Neurodiversity 

Paradigm is the perspective that everyone has different neurocognitive functioning (particularly people with Autism and Autism Spectrum conditions).

Essentially, there is no “normal” way to think, process, feel, behave, or communicate because

everyone’s brain is different and each person uses their brain in different ways to do these things. Jade and I are creating a book about The Autism Spectrum to bring awareness to this subject and provide a book with an authentic voice that all kids can possibly relate to and understand.

Spectrum- A Picture Book About Neurodiversity will hopefully be released in the Fall 2017!

Thanks for stopping by Rosie’s site to learn a little about me and my books!

I look forward to connecting with you…

You can find me on my website tracybryan.com.

I’m a frequent user of Facebook and have a Facebook personal Home page for my writing community and a more professional Facebook Author/Publisher page for my readers. I also have three Facebook pages that relate to some of the topics and work that I focus on; Understanding Addiction for Kids, Mindfulness For Kids and several pages for my latest releases. I also run and moderate a group for Kidlit Creatives called Socially Diverse Kid’s Book Writers & Artists. Come join us and help spread awareness about Diversity in children’s publishing!

You can also friend and follow me on Goodreads, and Twitter.



Thank you Tracy for your world of knowledge and your interview! 

Please feel free to leave your comments and questions for Tracy below.
Thanks everyone! 


As always,
Happy Reading! 
Rosie 

 
 
Welcome back to week two with our interview with Beasley!!!

Today we will be talking to Beasley about his second book he has out called, “Beasley and Friends to the Rescue.”

Let’s get started!

Me:  Hello Beasley! Thank you for coming back to visit with us again! I see you brought someone with you today!

Beasley: Hello Miss Rosie! Thank you for having me. Yes, this is a character that is in my second book. Allow me to introduce Lola Duck. We have been friends for a very long time.

Me: Hello Lola Duck! Welcome! It’s nice to have you here. I must ask, is there something the matter?


Lola Duck: Hello! I’m very happy to be here. May I ask you a favor Miss Rosie?
Those lights are very bright and I can’t see. Can you turn them down a bit?

Me: Oh I’m sorry Lola Duck! We can’t do that but wait here. I have something for you.
There, is that better? 
Lola Duck: Oh yes, much better, thank you!

Beasley: Miss Rosie, you will have to excuse Lola Duck, she’s a little nervous to be here today. She gets very worked up at times.

Lola Duck: I’m so nervous I can hardly quack!!!

Beasley: Just breathe Lola Duck, I’ll do all the talking.

Me: Alrighty then, let’s see. In your book, you start off telling us all about what it’s like to live in the country.

Beasley: Yes, it is a beautiful place to live! In fact the opening page is how I spend my days in the country.
Me: So what’s this I read about there being a big racket over at Farmer Bill’s barn?

Lola Duck: Oh, it was just dreadful! The noise scared me so much I had to get Beasley!

Beasley: Yes, that was quite a day! I had just got all snuggled in for my nap and boom, here came Lola Duck squawking from down the road.


Me: What did you do then?

Beasley: Well we had to do something! I told her we would have to gather some friends and head over there. We didn’t want to make the trip alone you know. You never know what you might find these days.

Lola: After a while I did agree with Beasley that we should gather our friends. {{{sigh.}}}

Me: Who all did you get to come with you?

Beasley: First we stopped off to get Frank Frog.

Lola Duck: I sure didn’t want to go there!!! The alligators! The alligators!

Beasley: It all turned out find, didn’t Lola Duck?

Lola Duck: Then he wanted to get Jeter Jackrabbit. Well, I know Farmer Bill would not like that for reasons I won’t mention on the air!!

Beasley: Ha! Well, then we moved on to see if our friend Bubba could help.

Lola Duck: Eeeek! Just the sound of his name scares me!!

Beasley: That turned out fine too!

Lola Duck: Then, then, then…. You wanted to get Captain Coley Coyote. Boo, hoo, hoo, I just couldn’t even look at him! 
Me: My, this sounds like this was a hard day for you Lola Duck!
What did you find when you got to Farmer Bill’s Barn?

Lola Duck: Well, you see….

Beasley: We don’t want to give it away! We worked and worked and we found something….

Lola Duck: Spectacular!!!

Beasley: Shhhhh… don’t give it away!

Me: I’m sure readers will be very interested in finding out what was there.
How can we have them find your book?

Beasley: Oh that’s easy! It’s on:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Rainy Day Books

Createspace

Beasley: Did you know you can go to the book departments at Barnes and Noble and Rainy Day Books, they will order it online for you right there?

Me: I just heard about that! We will encourage all our readers to do that!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I wish you and Lola Duck many more fun adventures! 


Beasley and Lola Duck: THANK YOU FOR HAVING US! 
 
 
Hello Beasley! Welcome to Books by Rose! So happy you can join us today!

Beasley: Woof, woof! Thank you for having me Miss Rosie!

Me: My, my Beasley! You are quite the star on Amazon and Twitter! Let me see here. One reviewer writes in and says:  

“It is a sweet story of the dog's search for his family.” 

Another reviewer writes, “My 3 year old son loves this book! It's very engaging, has beautiful pictures, and is a wonderful story.”

Beasley: Ah, thank you! Now I’m blushing!

Me: Do you know you were written about a little beagle I knew?

Beasley: Yes, I heard about that! I believe his name was Georgie. From what I understand, he was loved by many!

Me: Yes he was Beasley. In fact, it was me that owned that puppy…well I should say, my brothers, my sister, and I.

Beasley: What happened to him?

Me: Unfortunately, he was hit by a car when he was very young.

Beasley: I’m sorry to hear that Miss Rosie! I’m happy to be able to keep his memory alive for you though!

Me: You are keeping memories alive for many! Our friend had two Beagles named Lexy and Penny. Another friend had a puppy named Allie. Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone, she’s a Bassett Hound. She was so cute, I had to include her! You were drawn to look like all of them!

Beasley: That makes me very happy! Ah Rooo!



Me: Beasley in your first story, “Beasley’s Journey,” you were accidently left in the city by your owners when they moved. How did that make you feel?

Beasley: Well, at first I was a little scared. I met up with the door man from where my home was on Carlson Street. He pointed the way they had left down the road. I knew I would find my way after that. Beagles have a tremendous sense of smell.

Me: Did you find your family right away Beasley?

Beasley: Oh no Miss Rosie! It took me all day! It was quite a journey to say the least!

Me: Did you meet anyone along the way?

Beasley: Yes indeed! I met many nice friends that day!

Me: Can you tell us more about that?

Beasley: It was a little tricky with a few of them. I did have a run in with a squirrel that was less than friendly. I understood though, I did surprise him. He was very protective over his tree and his park.


 


I startled a cat that wasn’t expecting me in his neighborhood. He sure was a cute little fellow. I feel bad now that I scared him.

Me: Tell us about some of your other friends you met that day? Beasley: Well let me see…hum, there was the little gray mouse, a charming bunny, a beautiful robin bird, a giant cow, and a pretty pony. 

Me: They sound like wonderful friends! So what happened after that?

Beasley: Yes, yes they were!

Thank you for your concern Miss Rosie!  I wouldn’t want to spoil anymore of the details about my adventure.

Me: Oh, of course not, I see!

One last question before we go. What do you want readers to walk away with after reading your story?

Beasley: I would want them to know, to make sure their pets are always safe. There is a way they can do that. In fact, there’s a question regarding that at the back of the book.

I would tell them that for each book sold, a dollar will be donated to an organization called “The Rescue Project.” They help animals all over our city with food, medical treatments, educating pet owners, and finding homes, if needed.

Lastly, never give up on your destination! Also, I want them to know that we are all different, but kindness wins in the end.

Me: That’s wonderful Beasley!!!

I understand you have another book out. Will you come back and tell us more about that one?

Beasley: Yes, I would love to! It’s called “Beasley and Friends to the Rescue.” My, oh my, what a day that was!

Me: I can’t wait to hear all about it!


Thank you again for your visit today Beasley!



For more information or questions regarding this book, or the others I have out, contact me at: www.booksbyrose.com

Thanks for stopping by!

As always, happy reading!

Rosie Russell


To find my books online, go to:
Amazon

Barnes and Noble
Walmart
Rainy Day Books
 
 
One of the first authors I met when starting this journey was author K. Lamb! She is a talented writer and helpful to many of us in the Kid Literature world. 


Welcome! 
1)Tell us a little about yourself.

Would you believe this is always the hardest question for me to answer? I never want to be redundant. I'm sure it won't be a surprise that I'm an avid reader and always have one of my Kindles nearby. And yes, that was plural. After all, I can't risk my battery dying in the midst of a good story! In addition to being an author, I have my own company, which allows me the flexibility and freedom to pursue my interest as a writer. It can also make for long days balancing my two worlds. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and living a quiet lifestyle.

Now, for something new…I'm a bit of a gamer. I'm sure that was the last thing you expected me to admit! But just like burgers and fries, all things in moderation! My all-time favorite video game is The Last of Us. It has a great story-arc and it's the only video game that has ever made me reach for a box of tissue after completing it. My mind is always thinking, and gaming is a good way for me to zone everything out and just relax when I need to decompress. It is also a great ice-breaker when talking with children. Although it usually surprises them when they find out that I like to play video games, too. 




2) How long have you been writing?

An avid reader my entire life, it is understandable that the books I read as a child stirred my imagination. It wasn't long before I began to pen my own stories. One of my favorite school memories dates back to Parents’ Night. To prepare for the event, my teacher required us to write and illustrate a short story and bind it into a simple book. Mesmerized by the project, I made two. I can still recall the feeling of contentment when the teacher predicted I would become an author. I had no idea I would fulfill that prediction. Writing is akin to falling into a wonderful dream. You don't quite know where it is going to lead, but you can't wait to find out! This is what I love about writing. It can be spontaneous or a detailed outline prepared in advance. My favorite though is when I sit down in front of the computer and let the words flow naturally like water running downstream. It is so visceral. I am experiencing it for the first time just as my readers would when they open the book. (After a lot of editing, of course!)


3) Tell our readers how your "Dani P. Mystery" series came about?

The Dani P. Mystery series is a labor of love and I am thankful for the positive response I have received from my readers. To be honest, writing a children's series is much harder for me than writing young/new adult, which is my typical genre. It takes a lot of self-censorship. However, when I first decided to publish, I knew the book had to be Dani's storyLuckily, it has resonated with my target audience and the children are receptive to Dani and her mischief! I like to describe her as perfectly imperfect. She has faults, which children can relate to because they make mistakes, too!  

The series originally started out as a short story. For those unfamiliar with the books, my protagonist is a fictional character based on, and written for, my daughter when she was a little girl. Dani, short for Danielle, is the honey-brown hair girl with the perpetual smile, big brown eyes, and big heart. Despite her best intentions, her curiosity and love of mysteries usually land her in some sort of dilemma. The books are also littered with 'Easter eggs' that would only be recognizable to a close family member. They are meant to bring a smile or jog a memory or two. 

The Dani P. Mystery series has given me a wonderful opportunity to interact with educators and families. Words cannot fully express how grateful I am for this experience.


4) What advice would you give others on how they can engage young readers to further their literacy?

One of my all-time favorite ways to get children to read is to interact with them. My daughter and I would read the same books and then discuss them. For younger children, the books can be read together. For older children, allow them to read independently to strengthen their reading skills. Think of it as a mini book club. Not only does this give you the opportunity to engage with your child on a different level, but it gives you great insight on their thoughts and how their mind works. It also opens a dialog that will help in other areas of discussion, which is important between parent and child. Valuing your child's opinions and thoughts also helps to build self-esteem. One thing I would like to warn parents against when trying this approach is not to pick their books! Let your child make the decision on what books they want to read. Forcing a book on a child will never end well and will only make them resistant to reading. Outside of assigned homework, reading should be enjoyable. 

Reading is the foundation for academic success, which is why I also encourage activity books, puzzles, learning games, and educational software. You can pick these up online or at educational/book stores---just make sure they are fun! There is no reason for learning to be boring. I carry this same principle into my books. Although they are a mixture of mystery and mayhem, I always try to incorporate a subtle message to help build self-esteem and to act as a spring board for open discussion between a parent and child. 

Please, #PromoteLiteracy and give the gift of reading to a child today! 


Thank you so much for being with us and letting us know more about you and the "Dani P. Mystery" series!
 If you have questions and would like to contact author K. Lamb, click on the links below. 


Websites:

Author Website:  klamb.net

Dani P. Mystery Website:  danipmystery.com

For free downloadable activity sheets, please visit one of her two websites.

Social Media:

Facebook:  facebook.com/authorklamb

Facebook:  facebook.com/danipmystery

Twitter:  twitter.com/danipmystery

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/authorklamb/


The Dani P. Mystery series is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine retailers. 

 
 
   Allow me to introduce a talented man that performs and inspires children and families with songs and storytelling.  
   Welcome Kid Rocker Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove!
   Okay, I have to ask, how did you arrive at your wonderful name and title for this journey? 

   One of the greatest gifts I received from my young fans is my name “Mr. Stinky Feet.” I didn’t come up with the name myself. I’m not that clever. And it wasn’t the product of a marketing focus group. It just came about organically. After my second album came out, kids started calling me “Stinky Feet.”


   I still remember the day it really sunk in. I was high-fiving a bunch of students in the hallway of a school where I’d just performed an assembly.  A few kids started calling out, “Hey, Stinky Feet! Yo, Stinky Feet!” And I playfully shouted back, “Hey, that’s “Mister Stinky Feet” to you!” It somehow sounded more respectable.


   The name stuck, so I decided to embrace it. Kids identify with it. It’s easy to remember. And it suits me.


   And “kid rocker” is simply a description of what I love to do.

2) How long have you been performing?

   I’m heading into my twentieth year performing for families. I never imagined I would be doing something like this. I started my career as a journalist and moved into corporate public relations before having the sense to get a “real job” helping kids laugh and learn.

3) What is your Philosophy?

   For years my philosophy on performing has been – The kids are the stars of the show, not me. And through my writing and music I like to emphasize that we can build a better world when we stick together and rock together!

4) Who influenced you in this journey?

   One of my biggest influences has been my father, who loved to sing and who was a fabulous storyteller. And my mother who cherished words and their usage. She would always encourage me to write. And my lovely bride, Jeni, who is fabulous writer herself. She has always encouraged me creatively and has been an inspiring editor.

5) I see you do concerts, school assembles, library visits, and you're a Corporate Speaker!
On top of all that you have multiple Cd's, and books out there. Can you tell our readers about this?


   Over the past two decades, I have performed more than 3,500 shows throughout North America and Europe, including twice at the White House Easter Egg Roll. You’ll often find me singing to children in libraries, schools, theaters, and parks. And once my band and I played with the Kansas City Symphony at the world-class Kauffman Center. There’s nothing like hearing an 80-piece orchestra backing us up on “Stinky Feet.”


    I really enjoy speaking with adult audiences as a corporate speaker. I have a presentation titled “Live Like a Child. Succeed Like a Child” where I talk about lessons I’ve learned working with kids and how when we approach life with a more childlike (not childish) spirit, then great things happen. Also, I have produced eight award-winning albums of family music, and my band and I are working on our ninth. And, finally, I have released my first book for grown-up children “Everybody Gets Stinky Feet,” which is a collection of essays from my time as a parenting columnist for The Kansas City Star.

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Thank you so much Jim for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us and sharing your wonderful talent! 


To find more about Jim and where you can contact him for a visit to your school, camp, or special event, here is the link below: 
Jim Cosgrove


Please leave your questions or comments below, we would love to hear from you!
Rosie 
 
 
    Allow me to introduce to you a wonderful organization here in the Kansas City area that helps animals in need.  
   I became acquainted with The Rescue Project through a mutual friend and I'm passionate about helping them in all they do. 


1. Tell us about The Rescue Project.
   We are a non-profit organization in Kansas City whose goals are to offer education on pet care.  Our team offers such resources as spaying, neutering, and vaccinations. We help in supplying animals with food, shelter, and most importantly, human interaction. Through our outreach trips, members trek through the city and give care for neglected animals. We educate pet owners so they can continue to improve the lives of animals in our town.
   
2. You see many conditions out there with animals in need. Can you share a few of your stories?
   Common things we encounter are a large amount of dogs kept on heavy tow chains (which can weigh 15+ pounds) that pull down on their necks. For these types of circumstances, we cut them out of these chains and provide the owners with tie-outs. We see dogs without adequate shelter (i.e. no dog house), so they're forced to face the elements. Leaving dogs outside all the time, can lead to heartworms if not given preventative medicine. We’ve seen dogs with no food or water. In the summer we see many dogs with bloody ears from bug bites, and for this, it’s as simple has hanging fly bags to keep them away.

   A specific incident over summer happened when we received a call on a dog with an unknown skin problem. After arriving at its home, we spoke with the owner who led us to the backyard where the dog lived. It was shocking to see such a young puppy with that level of mange. He had severe hair loss and covered in scabs. Not to mention the hot weather which made his itching worse. We explained to the owner that this dog needed to visit a vet; but, he didn’t have the means to give that care. Our team helped him financially and the dog now looks and feels so much better!

   We TNR (Trap, Neuter, and Release) cat colonies. We've seen colonies of up to 20 or more cats at one home. Caregivers will try to feed them, but this can become too much for one person, so we help feed and spay/neuter them to prevent more breeding.

3. For those interested in fostering or adopting, who can they contact?
   The easiest way is to visit our website www.TheRescueProject.net where the info needed to foster or adopt is available. From there you can browse pets near you that are up for adoption and fill out the required forms. Fostering is as easy as filling out a form and emailing it to mubbalifan2004@aol.com. We welcome all the help we can get!

4. How can one help if they cannot adopt or foster?
   There's a couple different ways. One can get involved and do outreach. This is where we travel around KC and its surrounding areas to supply animals with dog houses, food, flea treatment, etc. We educate pet owners on the proper care that their animals need.

   Another way to help is by donating through our website. There are specific supplies we always need (i.e. food, collars, and traps) and happy to accept. Monetary donations always go to providing food and supplies for animals, and can donate onetime or monthly.

   We hold a variety of fundraisers that people can attend or help out! There are online auctions and garage sales to which people can donate items. First Fridays in "The Crossroads," we always have a booth set up educating people on who we are and what we do. If anyone is interested in volunteering at our fundraisers, they can contact our volunteer coordinator:

Beth Meyer at NineLives7601@yahoo.com.

   To stay up-to-date on all of our events and work, people can follow our Facebook and Instagram pages.


   Thank you Rescue Project for taking time for this interview. Keep up the great work!


   I hope you will look up their page and stay in tune with their progress. Since I have became aware of "The Rescue Project," I knew I wanted to help them in anyway I could. Three of my titles, donates back to them. One dollar of each of my pet books sold, will be given directly to them. 
   As always, thank you! 
   Rosie 
Go to:
Amazon 
Barnes and Noble
Walmart carries two titles - Beasley's Journey and A Search and Find of Every Kind with Jake and his Dog Named Cain.

Createspace 
You can also write me directly to order at booksbyrose.com
Due to shipping purchases, those orders are for USA only. 
 
 
   If you have been following Books by Rose, by now you all have heard of Beasley and the two books written about him.
   
   I'm excited to tell you the story of how his illustrations came about. 
   
   Paula Carlson has been a longtime friend. When I saw her two adorable Beagles, I knew they had to be a part in my books. 

   Enjoy this interview with Paula about her sweet Beagles.

1) Penny and Lexi were your family's pets for many years. Fill us in on them. 
 
   I met Penny and Lexy at the end of October 2003. I believe there were 12 pups in the litter.





   Penny was a fat little puppy who loved to tuck up her little rear end and run crazy from the other puppies in the litter. A friendly, happy little girl, with lots of brown and white spots on her, and the sweetest brown eyes! She melted my heart!
   The smallest puppy was Lexy, the runt of the bunch, small and skinny, but BOY could she howl! She fit in the palm of our hands and let out a howl that amazed us.  Lexy was our "problem child" of the bunch. She had black and white fur with a touch of brown.           She loved Busy Bones, and was always adamant she was ready, clean with no bath needed, and she told us that with her howling. 
   We began the potty training and the crazy wonderfulness of being Beagle parents. They were active babies, always getting into something. They never chewed up important things. Potty training came easy for them. I played soft classic music for them when I wanted them to nap. I did this for them until the day they died. 
   Hunting squirrels and rabbits in the little park in our neighborhood was a favorite for both of them. They never caught one.  Those two loved going on our canoe trips, riding and sleeping in the canoe. With dogs being experienced with canoes, they knew just when to shift their weight. We made stops and picnics along the many rivers we floated. They loved wading in the rivers and creeks we often took them too. We took them everywhere, on every trip.  When we weren't canoeing, we searched out different parks and places with woods to take them there. They loved being in the woods.

   Lexy loved kids. Our granddaughter dressed her up and played little tea parties. When our grandchildren were babies, I'd say Lex, watch the baby, and go upstairs or to the bathroom, and she'd sit or lay right beside them, watching them like a mother bird. She adored them. 
   Penny snuggled, and layed on the couch with them, and would get as close as she could, but did not appreciate getting clothes or hats put on her. She'd look at me like "HELP MOM," where Lexy was more the type, "I AM a PRINCESS", someone recognizes my royal blood! Now bow, you peasants! LOL. 
   Between the two of them, Penny was like my daughter, and Lexy was my best friend. They were different but both irreplaceable.

2) When they passed away, you became very passionate in helping other animals in need. 

   When they passed, I decided I wanted to do something that mattered for animals. Every animal deserves the quality of life that my girls did. 
   I found a wonderful organization called Beagle Freedom Project  that rescues Beagles and other animals from labs. They accept donations and offer items to buy with 100% of the money going to rescue! Beagles are the most used dog in laboratories because of their sweet and "aim to please" nature. It breaks my heart to see these precious animals exploited in this way. These sweet animals give so much love, yet they're abused. Animals should not be specimens for testing, and it's changed my life so I now shop cruelty free. I gave up many of the products I use, but it's important to take a stand on this! I use an app called Cruelty Cutter. You open the app, and scan the barcode of a product and the app tells you if the product if testing is being on animals. 


3) I understand you make many other crafts! Tell us more. 


   I make and sell memorial bracelets called Rainbow Bridge Bracelets. Included in each color of the rainbow in array of hand selected beads, a paw print, and a heart. I donate 100% of the profit to Beagle Freedom Project. They are a wonderful way to remember your pet!
   I love or should I say LIVE to crochet. I make amigurumi animals and dolls for my grandchildren, hats, scarves, Afghans, and even clothing!  I'm a passionate crocheter!

4) What advice do you give others to become more involved in helping animals in need? 

   If you want to help animals, there's many ways! Its great try to become cruelty free in your life. Search out products that don't test on animals. We have to get the message out and stopping buying these products sends a message. Commit to donating even $5.00 a month to Beagle Freedom Project or SPCA or your local shelter. Make or donate your used blankets to the shelter. Pick up a box of treats each time you shop and donate them. Frightened animals love the comfort of a soft blanket, a toy or a chew bone. It may be the first kindness they've seen. Little things matter. Many animals are in need out there. It matters much to ONE, and by helping one at a time, we can help each of them. It matters. 
    If you see or suspect animal abuse, call the authorities!

Thank you so much for sharing your story and photos of Lexy and Penny!
What great gifts to buy for someone and donating back to animals in need.  


If anyone is interested in buying a bracelet, or earrings, they can contact Paula at:
 pennysmom10@gmail.com, or call me at 816-304-6021.

   Feel free to print out this coloring page of Beasley! Enjoy! 
 
 
How long have you known you wanted to be an artist? In other words, how did you get started? 

   Always!! Came from a family of artists so I have drawn for as long as I can remember!
Tell us what you use to create your paintings. 


   My first love is pastels. I have used other medium in the past, but come back to this.
Do you have a favorite theme?


   My very favorite is paintings for and about children.
Paintings of family relationships and childhood memories. Also peaceful paintings geared for adults.
I love being out in nature

For artists starting out, what suggestions would you have for them? 


   It's important to just keep putting your work out there, let it be seen. The more artwork you create, the more comfortable you become in creating your artwork.


Here is a wonderful write up on Laurie's Esty page:
Art for Kids and Their Grownups by LaurieShanholtzer 


   Paintings of family relationships and childhood memories. Also peaceful paintings geared for adults.

   A unique feature is that each artwork can be personalized as a print. This means you can add family or friends names, their hair color and a saying or verse especially for the recipient.

   My primary career had been as a portraitist. I have literally done hundreds of portraits, Including 3 for USA Senator Evan Jenkins. Portraits has never been my first love; I now paint what I love.

   A third generation artist, my family members include my grandfather, the nationally recognized muralist, Vincent Maragliotti, (example: Philadelphia capitol dome), Aunt Iris Guarducci, a Pulitzer prize winner in portraits and my mother, Gina Tetzlaff, a prominent New York dress designer and portraitist. You can read more if you care to in the “about” section in Etsy and “ABOUT THE ARTIST” on my website.

   Please  take a look at Laurie's artwork on the links below.  There are pastel paintings, along with reproduction prints. The prints are on lovely canvases in many sizes, as well as on all cotton art paper. Also invitations and cards using my art.


Thank you for your time Laurie! Your art is beautiful!
Rosie

Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/LaurieShanholtzer

Website: http://laurieshanholtzer.weebly.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LJShanholtzer

Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurieshan

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Website: http://laurieshanholtzer.weebly.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LJShanholtzer

 
 
   Allow me to introduce to you a special author I met awhile back, Jennifer Milius! 
Jennifer is also a Motivational Speaker and a Radio Host!
    Welcome Jennifer and thank you for this interview!!

How long have you been writing children's books?

   That’s a great question! Although I’ve enjoyed writing since I was a young child, I started writing children’s books during the summer of 2011. The first story I wrote was actually the third book I published, Einstein & Moo and the Quest for the Catnip. It went through several iterations while I also worked on the first two books of the series, Einstein and the Leaf and Moo and the Case of the Mistaken Identity.

What inspired you to start writing them?

   First, let me tell you a little about the two characters, as they are our family’s real-life brother and sister tuxedo kitties, Einstein and Moo.  We adopted them in 2009 when they were about three and half months old.  They have brought our family so much joy! They are loving, sweet, and curious, but they have very different personalities. Einstein is quite talkative and will talk even more when it is close to mealtime; sometimes, he will play fetch.  Moo squeaks more than meows, and she loves to hide underneath the coffee table and wave one paw at your feet, like the monster under the bed.

   It originally started as a creative outlet to make up stories from their perspectives, especially considering they are indoor kitties. What might they think when they see a hummingbird go to the feeder by the window? What might they say to the squirrel or skink venturing on the porch during their backyard watch?  My husband would play along, and we would create some funny dialogues.  So, during that summer, I decided to take some of the ideas that I was verbally creating and put them to paper.  The first three stories started out as poems with minimal punctuation just because that was how I preferred to read them, unless there was dialogue or a specific inflection was needed, then appropriate punctuation was used.  

   As I was tweaking and polishing Einstein and the Leaf and Moo and the Case of the Mistaken Identity, I started to shift my thinking about how to turn them into published books and proceeded to figure how to make it happen.  For instance, I wanted to introduce each kitty individually, and then together, so the fact that the third story was still being revised was good.  

I see you have someone else illustrate your books. What advice would you give other authors that are looking for an illustrator?

   That’s correct. My stickmen are wonderful, but I wanted something more for the Einstein and Moo series.  Before I share some advice, let me share a little background for perspective.

   The first publisher I approached was concerned that there were no pictures and said I should find a friend or family member to do them for me.  I knew some talented people and reached out to them, but they all declined. They did not feel they could do the stories justice, but I continued to keep my ears open to new opportunities and eyes open to beautiful talent.  I also took each door closing as moving me forward to where I was supposed to be and not as rejection. At face value, it was a form of rejection, but I did not take it as a deterrent from my goal.

   After a couple of years and lots of “doors” ☺, but I connected with my publisher, who in turn, connected me with my illustrator.  It was important to me that the illustrations looked real because the kitties are real. I included pictures of the kitties to show what they look like and my publisher helped me by providing samples from various illustrators to see how they would capture a part of the story and the kitties. My illustrator not only captured Einstein and Moo's look beautifully, but also their personalities.  When I saw the samples, I saw love, and that was important to me. I knew I found the right person for my stories.

   So for advice, I would say: 


   Stay true to your vision.  There are many talented people, but you will know you found the right illustrator when you get that little feeling inside that lets you know this is the right step.  You will find the right publisher, illustrator, and path for you.
  • Read a lot – different genres, different authors. The different styles will help you improve your abilities as well as better articulate what you would like from an illustrator.
  • Be open to feedback
  • Don't give up
  • You can do anything you set your mind to – tell yourself positive things and really believe what you say
  • Take each door closing as moving you forward to where you are supposed to be - not as rejection

What is your biggest challenge/challenges being a children's author? 

   From the business perspective, I am challenged by how to increase marketing in an effective and efficient manner, but I see it more as an opportunity to creatively reach readers.  From a writing perspective, I am trying my hand at non-picture book writing, and there are times when I question myself, especially when I feel stumped or something isn't flowing. Writing about the kitties comes very easily to me. So when I feel stumped with other writing, I take a break from working on that piece and focus on another part of the business (i.e. read, lining up events, radio show, marketing, blog). I try it from a different angle, like changing the point of view or writing from a different point in the story. I also make sure that I am kind to myself by recognizing I'm doing the best I can do. I tend to think we can be our own worst critics, so sometimes the inner editor needs to be silenced until you are ready for that voice/helper to come out.  When I feel the inner critic, I will color or journal about what is on my mind, then when something starts to flow for the story I was working on, I'll resume that writing. I think it is important to make sure the inner dialogue going on is reminding you of your positive attributes. Let those positive thoughts encourage you, just like you would want them to do if you said them to a dear friend.

 

 Last but not least, I see you are not only an author, but also a Motivational Speaker and a Radio Host? Can you tell us more about that?

   Sure! Encouraging people is one of my passions. I believe that each of us have something special to offer, but sometimes it takes a leap of faith to be willing to share that gift. I think this belief started when I was three.  I was in the children’s choir at my church, and one Sunday we were going to sing “This Little Light of Mine” during a service. We were all told to put one finger in the air while we sang these lyrics: “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine”.  My parents said I was the one who dared to be different by putting my whole arm in the air while wiggling it and my hips while I sang, grinning from ear to ear. I let my little light shine that day and believe that when we are following our passions, our little light shines because we radiate the joy we feel. We feel empowered and that what we are doing is adding value.

   So writing, co-hosting the radio show with my friend and fellow author Doug Huggins, and doing speaking engagements are extensions of that passion.  On our radio show, Encouraging the You in Success, we talk about concepts and applications around employee engagement, understanding and leveraging individual strengths, effective communications, and process improvement efforts while considering both a personal and a business perspective.  Whether you are an individual contributor or team leader, a spouse or your child’s team coach, you can make a positive difference in all your endeavors, and our show is about enabling people to do that.  

   Sometimes the encouragement needed is not about sharing your gift, but coming through uncertain times. Change can be difficult, even if the change is expected.

   I believe that our thoughts are powerful and that it makes a difference what we tell ourselves, so I focus on positive, encouraging thoughts. Being able to engage with people and offer support and encouragement to others has enabled that light in me to shine brighter than before.

Thank you for your interview Jennifer! You are so inspiring! 
Rosie 




Click on the links below to find Jennifer's website and books.

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In addition to my website, my books are available at the following locations (I’ve included the links to my works directly):

Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Milius/e/B00O5A55JM/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Waterstones
https://www.waterstones.com/books/search/term/jennifer+milius

Barnes and Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Jennifer+Milius?_requestid=199504

Books A Million
http://booksamillion.com/search?id=6689374733564&query=Jennifer+Milius&where=All

Rocket Science Productions (Publisher)
http://www.shop.rsplaunchpad.com/searchquick-submit.sc?keywords=Jennifer+Milius

 

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