Guest Post by Kate Golden Recently my 3-year-old Michael and I were at the local laundromat enduring our weekly washing ritual. This laundromat saves any items left behind by patrons on a large back table, and if no one claims them after several weeks they are donated to the Topeka Rescue Mission. (Yay!) There is usually some pretty nice stuff there, and likely where all of the lonely missing socks go when they enter the magic portals in your home washing machines, never to return! That day in the stack of clothes Michael found a pretty little girl’s skirt in three ruffled shades of his favorite color, purple. Ecstatic, he presented it to me and immediately began tugging it on over his jeans. When he had it on I watched him “swish” happily side to side and run off to play with the toy dump truck he’d brought to … click here to read the full article.
Hey, folks! Remember this little girl’s name and face because I’m certain you’ll be seeing her on your TV screen in the very near future! Kaliyah is a little girl with a big dream. Lucky for her, she has a mom who is willing to help her make it happen. Not long ago, I did an interview with Officer Deon Joseph, a.k.a. The Skid Row Cop. Well, he knows Kaliyah and her mom, Emmethia. A couple of weeks ago, I saw one of these videos below on his Facebook page and immediately became interested in Kaliyah’s story. Watch them and then see what Kaliyah’s mom has to say about her talented daughter. Hi, Emmethia! Glad to have you! E: I’m glad to be here. Thanks for having us. My pleasure! So, tell me, when did Kaliyah start showing signs of talent. E: Well, she originally started doing pageants at the age of eight months and continued … click here to read the full article.
Welcome back for another interview in the ‘A Kansas Author’ blog series. Today, I’m welcoming Donna Hart, a children’s picture book author who resides in Kansas. I have to say it’s been great having so many children’s authors as guests on my site. I love having a little something for everyone! Donna, I appreciate your willingness to be interviewed for this series. D: Thank you for having me! Let’s start with your roots. I know you’re not originally from here. D: That’s right. I grew up in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and have lived in Kansas for almost 9 years now. So what’s your most and least favorite thing about Kansas? D: My favorite thing about Kansas is my husband, our cats and my mother and father-in-law. The worst thing about living here is the distance that it is from my mother and brother in Massachusetts. That is quite a distance and certainly … click here to read the full article.
Hi, everyone! Welcome to another edition in the ‘A Kansas Author’ blog series. Until the author fair at the Topeka Public Library, most of the authors I rubbed elbows with were all over the country and even the world. I didn’t really know too many of the folks here. It’s been a pleasure to get to know some authors who live right around the corner! Today my interview is with Jan Allison. Welcome, Jan. I’m so glad to have the opportunity to interview you. J: Thank you! Are you originally from Kansas? J: Yes, Dodge City. Have you lived in Kansas your whole life? J: Yes, for 73 years Wonderful! When did you start your writing journey? J: I was the curriculum person at McConnell AFB in Wichita and in charge of the preschool curriculum. I found a need for books on Kansas history written for a lower age level. I knew that … click here to read the full article.
Welcome back to another installment in the ‘A Kansas Author’ blog series. Today, my interview is with an author of children’s books! Let me tell you, Mary Ann Wittman’s books are adorned with the sweetest covers. Clemmie and the Mailman is my favorite, so far! Welcome, Mary Ann! Where in Kansas did you grow up? M: In Salina. Have you lived in Kansas your whole life? M: No, I have lived also in Mississippi, Texas, Colorado, and overseas in Izmir, Turkey. Wow, Turkey! When did you know you wanted to write? M: I have always had a creative imagination and have written poems and short essays. As I began to develop stories in my mind, I decided to begin writing them down. What is the name of the first book you published? M: The first book is titled ‘The Little Christmas Tree.’ What’s it about? M: It is about a small, sad little tree that … click here to read the full article.
Let me tell you all something… You don’t want to miss this! Welcome! I’m excited to share my interview with Valerie Andrews with you! Valerie visited my author page one day and commented on one of my posts. She’d stated she remembered an individual from her stay at the Topeka Rescue Mission here in my hometown. For those of you who haven’t read my book, this shelter, which we refer to as TRM, has a huge presence in my book’s storyline. I was immediately interested in Valerie’s story and when she said she’d allow me to interview her, I knew it would be a fantastic story. Almost immediately, I realized her story goes so much deeper than I’d ever expected. But I’ll let you read it for yourself. So, without further ado, here it is. Valerie, thanks again to saying yes. I appreciate your willingness to talk with me about … click here to read the full article.
As I sit on my couch and prepare this blog, a song is running through my head. ~ ♫ This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. ♩~ It fits so perfectly because that’s what these folks, who are bold and brave enough to talk about their experiences with Self Harm, are doing. Letting their light shine so that others may see and reap some of the blessings from their hardships. Caren. Welcome. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to answer all my questions and emailing me back and forth. CL: As you know, the main character in my debut novel struggles with cutting. What type(s) of self-harm did you struggle with? Caren: Bulimia, hitting myself with a brush, and using an eraser to erase my skin. Were you using all these coping mechanisms simultaneously or in stages? I used all those methods simultaneously. Bulimia was the easiest to keep … click here to read the full article.
~ by Bob Marley or Bob Dylan? Not sure. A meme with this quote was in my newsfeed on Facebook the other day. It made me stop scrolling, I thought about it for a minute. It was nice… but also poignant. It made me wonder what I may have missed so far. I scrolled on. Today, when I finally pulled myself out of bed, I decided I’d better run a few errands and get some things for the house. Then I’d return home to get my day going. Last night was the fourth of July so I slept in later than usual, which was lovely. My holiday was spent at my cousin’s house who lives out in the country. I had fun with my peeps and then got some much-needed rest. The first store I stopped at was Dollar Tree. While I was waiting in line behind a mom and her … click here to read the full article.