What one stand alone book that you have read (one book, not a series), do you wish you had written. Why? I absolutely LOVE the children’s book “WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA?” written by Kobi Yamada. This book was released the year Angel on Assignment was just that… an idea. So emotionally inspiring and beautifully illustrated, “WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA” encouraged me through the years it would take for the idea to become a reality. I HIGHLY recommend this book for children and adults alike with an idea…as it could “change the world”.
What prompted you to write this book? Life was a bit hectic at our house with homeschooling, the hustle and bustle of the season and five children, one having special needs and requiring 24/7 care. It was a slacker elf and her shenanigans that I simply couldn’t keep up with. We needed a tradition that my children would never outgrow. A tradition that would remain true. A tradition that would plant seeds in their hearts to know the God of the angels. That Christmas Angel on Assignment was born.
Who most influences your writing? Why? My writing is most influenced by my children and grandchildren. It could be a conversation with them, or a “moment” that inspires me to take pen to paper. As a momma, there are things I want my littles to know and writing is the perfect way to tell them. Words have power and my hope is that what I write will inspire their hearts and the hearts of others.
What one thing do you hate most about being an Indie author? I don’t know that there is anything I HATE about indie publishing. I dislike the many hats to wear as an indie author. Writing… Publishing... Marketing… All of which have their own to do list. I am not gifted in ALL of these areas so I wear the hats briefly and then outsource where I need help. On the flip side complete creative control over the content and design is worth it! I am not an illustrator, yet I was able to choose the style I wanted and even offer notes to the illustrator of what I envisioned for each illustration.
What projects do you have in the works for your readers? The Angel will go on another Assignment or two, so a sequel is in the “idea” stage. I also have a manuscript in the works that will encourage children to “fly” when they fear “falling”.
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C.M. Huddleston's Review of Angel on Assignment:
Roush’s Angel on Assignment: An Elf Alternative retells the Christian story of Jesus birth through lovely illustrations of lifelike settings and events. The story features angels protecting everyone, from children to adults. The book is encouraging, heartwarming, and full of angels protecting children in all types of situations. The book concludes with directions showing children how to make an angel for their home. I imagine children will want to read this book many times, in part due to the vibrant and involved illustrations.
To continue with my introduction to the stories in Winter Wonder, I’d like to tell you a bit about two stories by D. G. Driver and one by Catherine McCarran. I’ve reviewed books by each of these entertaining Teen/Young Adult authors previously. D. G. Driver is the author of the recently completed Juniper Sawfeather series. In Winter Wonder, she presents a Juniper Sawfeather Christmas story entitled “Christmas Among the Evergreens” that falls between Cry of the Sea and Whisper of the Woods. Full of Native American mysticism and fantasy, D.G.’s books also contain a hint of teen romance and lots of family interaction. To go along with her award winning book, No One Needed to Know, D. G. also wrote “Sharing the Spotlight” about a middle school girl’s experiences with her autistic brother. This humorous story will tickle your funny bone and make you think.
In an entirely different time, Catherine McCarran’s story “A Book of Wonders” takes place during the reign of England’s Henry VIII and is a companion to her book Queenbreaker: Perseverance. Court intrigue abounds in this story of about a lost Book of Prayer, Anne Boleyn, and one of her ladies in waiting in 1534.
In a few weeks, I'll give you a peek into other stories in Winter Wonder! We hope our stories will entice you to read Winter Wonder and learn about the novels of nine amazing authors for children and young adults.
Sometimes finishing a book can be an exhilarating happening. At other times, an author might feel as though a good friend has left their life, or at least their constant thoughts. This week, my coauthor Gwen Koehler and I will launch the third and final book in our series The Bulloch Letters. It began in 2015 with Mittie & Thee: An 1853 Roosevelt Romance, which featured the courtship letters between Mittie Bulloch of Roswell, Georgia, and New York City’s Theodore Roosevelt. In 2016, we launched, again at Bulloch Hall, Between the Wedding & the War: The Bulloch/Roosevelt Letters 1854-1860. This middle book presents six years of letters between members of these two families during that tumultuous time leading up to America’s Civil War.
This year’s launch of Divided Only by Distance & Allegiance: The Bulloch/Roosevelt Letters 1861-1865 concludes the series with the revealing emotional letters written by Southern women living in the North during the War Between the States. Also, readers will find the journal kept by Theodore Roosevelt during his service for the Allotment Commission.
As Gwen and I transcribed these letters, we often found ourselves on the brink of tears. Adding the commentary, I discovered myself reaching further and further into history to understand life and even death during these war years. We read of longing, separation, loss, births, and death, all those normal events of life now multiplied by the background of war.
Am I happy the series is finished? Yes! Gwen and I worked hard to make this series come about in only four years. Now, we can each move on. Was it worth the effort? That is a question for our readers not for us, because almost every author I have ever met felt the story they were writing, fiction or nonfiction, had to be written.
Divided (Gwen and I have shortened each book’s name to make conversations flow a bit more quickly) can stand alone or can be read as part of the series. I wish you could all be there on Wednesday evening, in Bulloch Hall, the childhood home of President Theodore Roosevelt’s mother, to help us celebrate!
Sometimes you need to talk about your own books. This is one is not entirely mine - it belongs to nine authors. We each contributed. Today I want to talk about four stories in the book. First, “Billy’s Biggest Christmas Party” from author Katherine Ladny Mitchell is a heartwarming lyric poem about a seven-year-old boy planning a Christmas party to equal all others. You will want to read it over and over enjoying the rhythm as the story that unfolds.
Next, move on with your middle graders to Joyce McPherson’s “A Camp Hawthorne Christmas” where you’ll meet a delightful set of preteens with paranormal gifts. Snow, carols, and cookies appear along with a grumpy neighbor as Christmas approaches and brings the group a mystery to solve. You might even learn a little about one of America’s early writers, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Today I’ll end with my two time-travel experiences, where Greg and Rose tell you separate Adventures in Time. In “Christmas with a Legend,” Rose relates a story of jolly ol’ England and her Christmas adventure with her father and King Arthur. Yes, it has a sword fight! On the other hand, Greg relates the story of his birth in “How I Was Born 3,000 in the Past!” It’s his parent’s tale of life with Native Americans, a bit of Indian folklore, and of course, adventures in time travel.
In the coming weeks and months, I’ll tell you about other stories from this volume written for the whole family. There are seven more stories from six middle grade / young adult authors. I can’t wait to tell you about them!
I started my writing career while still working full time as a self-employed historic preservation consultant. My first books, all nonfiction history, were published traditionally. Later I branched into self-published fiction, but that story is one for another Monday. Today’s blog is about writing as a business, a career. Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, self-help, travel guides, or whatever, you, as an author, are a business. Just ask the federal government’s tax people!
So treat this like a business. First, keep records of everything. Invest in software if you need it to keep track. I use Quickbooks, because I used that to keep track of my company. But you might find a cheaper way to go. Whether you make money, break even, or lose money, you need to report this accurately to the federal government each year. You also need to pay state sales tax on any sales you make. You need to do more than report royalties to the federal government.
Now, one more thing, I own an LLC - Limited Liabilities Corporation - because I started it in my previous profession. It still has the same name; Interpreting Time's Past. I now use it as my author business/press. In most states, you don’t need a lawyer to start an LLC. In both Georgia, my previous residence, and Kentucky, my current residence, I established my LLC in a matter of an hour. I registered it online with the Secretary of State, paid my business fee, and then registered with my county. I have a Federal EIN - employer identification number. I am legal. If I am sued, I will lose whatever I have in the company (some cash, two eight-year-old computers, and an few unsold books).
You may not want to think of writing as a business, simply as a hobby. However, our government doesn’t think of it this way, so you can’t.
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