~Author Spotlight ~

Let’s get to know a little more about the wonderful, huge-hearted and talented Author and Illustrator, Lindsay DeRollo.  Which, by the way, is “officially” not only a children’s author, but an author of the Young Adult genre as well,  with her newest release, “Prima Ballerina : A Short Story.”

*Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a children’s book author and illustrator in Central New York. I have written/illustrated a ballet book series titled “Sugarplum Stars” (and have some other stories coming out soon!). I have also written short stories (fiction) and poetry.

*When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing stories and poems for fun since I was about ten years old, and this was when I first knew that I would become an author someday. I wanted to write books that I would enjoy reading just as much as the books I loved to read. I wanted other readers to get excited to enter a new world of imagination and discovery the way that I did, and to be able to relate to the characters.

*How do you deal with lingering thoughts of self-doubt or fear?

I remind myself that just because I have a different writing/illustration style than other [more popular] authors does not necessarily mean that I am not just as talented. It is important to have your own unique style and way of getting across your messages in your stories. I also take comfort in having great editors and book reviewers/supporters to help me improve my work and give me valuable feedback. I take pride in the good reviews and awards I have received and never take anything for granted, especially the chance that I got to publish my books (for free) and join a good publishing company 😉

*If you could tell your younger writing self something, what would it be?

That it will take a lot of time, learning, critiques and patience (and purchasing books can be costly after a while) to build yourself up as an author. It can get frustrating at times, which is inevitable. It will not happen overnight, and it may take a long time to find a publisher (or to self-publish) for your work. But it will be worth it to share your stories with others and to know that they enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. Also don’t ever forget why you began writing in the first place. For me it is about fulfillment and the joy of expressing myself and creating characters that other people (including myself) can relate to. Don’t ever give up!

* What advice do you have for others who would like to get started on their writing journey and tips on getting published?

Read as many books as possible in the writing genre/format that you wish to create. Research as much as you can about writing (there is a ton of free information at your local libraries and online) and take a writing class to learn and get feedback on your work. Reach out to as many writers as you can and build new relationships. It is critical to find other people who can offer you advice, feedback and support for your work. In my case I began by self-publishing through Amazon (it’s pretty simple to do and it does not cost anything other than if you purchase your own books). Later on, through a writing friend I met on Facebook, I found a great publishing company and here I am today.

*What’s the first book that you read that had you in tears?

This is a tough question because I have read too many books to count throughout the years. The first thing that comes to mind are some memoirs and novels (mostly written for young adults) that were about mental health issues that I have struggled with. It was a relief to learn that I was not alone.

* Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good and bad reviews?

Absolutely! Reading book reviews are critical for every author in my opinion. It is so important to get feedback on what people like and don’t like about your stories. It is such a great feeling to get good book reviews. But remember that we all get bad reviews from time to time (especially if you’re just starting out) and it’s just a part of the learning process. I try not to take it personally. Even best-selling authors get some bad reviews; you can’t please everyone.

* Who would you like to most thank in your writing career?

All of my family members, friends and mentors who have supported and helped me with my books. And especially the fantastic publishing company I am in now 😉

*Do you have any quirky writing habits? If so what are they?

I think all writers have some quirky writing habits; it’s what makes us stand out from others. Everyone writes stories with characters that have their own fun (and quirky) personalities. Without these types of different (and relatable) characters the stories wouldn’t be very interesting to read.

*Do you believe in writer’s block? How do you handle it?

Absolutely- we all experience it sometimes. Sometimes it can be helpful to just take a break and not to force it. Inspiration often comes when you least expect it.

* If you had a super power, what would it be?

How about having an endless supply of money?? (Haha)

* What is your best accomplishment?

Making the number one new best-sellers list (for children’s dance books) for all three of my books on Amazon. I still can’t believe it!

* What’s your biggest pet peeve?

People who bash others for their personal opinions on certain matters. If you can’t agree on something, let it be and “agree to disagree”.

* Do you have a favorite color? How does it compare to your personality?

Pink. I guess you could say that my personality is very creative and colorful (underneath the shyness), and I love fashion and all things cute.

* As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An artist and a writer (ta-da!). Perhaps a fashion designer as well and an art therapist.

*What is your favorite book and why? Which of your books that you’ve had published is your favorite and why?

I don’t have a favorite book as I have read too many books that I loved. Some of my favorite authors include Sarah Dessen, Jodi Picoult, Gillian Flynn and S.J. Watson. I love psychological suspense novels as well as realistic YA novels that I can relate to (from my past experiences).

My favorite book that I wrote is probably “If the Slipper Fits…” I think that my stories and illustrations have improved with every new book I created. I also like the theme of learning not to compare yourself to others. It’s what makes you unique and how you feel about yourself that truly counts.

* How are you handling the pandemic?

I am handling it pretty well, but I do get frustrated sometimes (as we all do). I have to remind myself to be grateful that I am healthy (as well as my family members and friends) and in a comfortable situation financially, and will always have a good support system.

*Where can we stay connected with you? What are your social media links?

I am always very active on social media.

Here are the links to them, as well as my email address:

*Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lindsay-DeRollo/e/B06XT54229 

*LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindsay-derollo/
*Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindsayderolloauthor/
*Twitter: https://twitter.com/faery86
*Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shimmeringhope86/
*Email me: authorlindsayderollo@gmail.com

I really enjoyed getting to know more about Lindsay and I know you all did too.  Grab a copy of her books for your little ones or yourself. Follow her on her social media accounts to keep up with the latest and greatest of what’s happening in Lindsay’s world.  She’s always staying busy creating new works, whether it’s illustrations or writing new books that puts smiles on little one’s and bigger people’s faces.  Also, keep up with what all we have going on on our FB page and stay in the know.  

Motivational Monday!!!

Ready or not, it’s here again…Monday.  Make the most of it.  Mindset IS everything!!! Let’s put smiles on some faces. Happy Monday everyone 🙂

Spotlight Saturday

Let’s get to know about our author who has a passion for sea turtles and marine life. She has taken us on adventures with Toby, a very fun-loving and courageous sea turtle.

*Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Quiet introvert but will voice my opinion when necessary.  Good listener and organizer.  Loyal to family & friends.

*When and why did you begin writing?

Loved going to the library as a child.  Hans Christian Anderson books inspired me and I started writing short stories and poetry.

*How do you deal with lingering thoughts of self-doubt or fear?

Talk with someone who knows me inside and out.

*If you could tell your younger writing self-something, what would it be?

Keep a diary of all your thoughts.

*What advice do you have for others who would like to get started on their writing journey and tips on getting published.

Believe in yourself.  Polish your work the best you can.

*What’s the first book that you read that had you in tears?

To Kill a Mockingbird.

*Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good and bad reviews?

Yes, I read my reviews and learn more from the bad reviews than the good ones.

*Who would you like to most thank in your writing career?

Family and friends or someone who has inspired me.       

*Do you have any quirky writing habits? If so what are they?

Quirky writing habits… too many glue words.

*Do you believe in writer’s block? How do you handle it?

Writers block had visited me many times.  Often I quit writing that particular piece and give it a rest while I venture on to something else.  When I go back and reread the story I know if I should just save it or jump right back in.

*If you had a super power, what would it be?

Superpower… Mindfulness, I hate it when my thoughts scatter.

*What is your best accomplishment?

Being a Mother and raising 4 children who make me proud.      

*What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Like to have all my ducks in a row.

*Do you have a favorite color? How does it compare to your personality?

Sapphire blue… I love all the colors of blue, especially sapphire.  It is a symbol of power and strength, but also of kindness and wise judgment.

*As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to grow up and become a teacher but got married at 17.  Later I would teach Veterans about the benefits of exercising in The Move Class.

*What is your favorite book and why? Which of your book that you’ve had published is your favorite and why?

My Favorite book was A Patch of Blue.   To be kind and to be a good friend ranks high on my list.

*Where can we stay connected with you? What are your social media links?

I am on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter but am still navigating the ins and outs of social media.

*How are you handling the pandemic?

I am trying to keep busy during the pandemic.  Working on another book.  Miss my volunteer work at the library. 

***I really enjoyed getting to know more about our author and know you all did to.  Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and you can see more updates on her and her books on our Facebook page as well.  Get your copies and enjoy going on adventures with Toby as well. 

Goodbye January, Hello February

Goodbye January…Hello February….
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#goodbyejanuary #hellofebruary #love #twogirlsandareadingcorner

Don’t forget to enter our contest~Click the link for details —>>> Valentine’s Coloring Contest.   

Valentine’s Coloring Contest

Valentine’s Day is coming up and you know what that means… delicious candy!  Two books in our Two Girls and a Reading Corner family revolve around some of these sweet treats.

One book is “Chrissy’s Candy Shop” written by Melanie Lopata and illustrated by Denny Poliquit. The second book is “If the Green Grass was Jello” co-authored by Brynlea Hope & Alexandra Grace, illustrated by Brynlea Hope. For a summary/blurb of these books please visit our website: twogirlsandareadingcorner.com/shop (linked to #Amazon & #Barnesandnoble).

By choosing to enter this coloring contest you can win a signed copy of either of the two books mentioned above. The deadline to enter is Feb. 14, 2020. There will be two winners chosen on Feb. 21, 2020.

Submission Process: 

All entries must be submitted by Feb. 14, 2020.

  1. Choose the artwork on the cover of either book to draw. You can either draw the cover on “If The Green Grass Was Jello”, or use the downloadable coloring sheet for “Chrissy’s Candy Shop” linked below to color. You can also draw the cover of “Chrissy’s Candy Shop” if you choose.

  2. Download the coloring sheet for “Chrissy’s Candy Shop” and color to your heart’s content. Or grab some paper and get to drawing the covers of either book. 🙂 

  3. Snap a pic or scan in your artwork.

  4. Email your creation to twogirlsandareadingcorner@gmail.com with the subject line VALENTINE’S COLORING CONTEST. Or, send it to our mailing address PO Box 2404, Madison, Al. 35758. 

  5. Finally, sip coffee, snuggle with your littles, eat candy, and relax. The two winners will be announced on Feb. 21, 2020.

“Chrissy’s Candy Shop” –Please use the image above as your coloring sheet template.

Good luck everyone!

-Sadie K.

Motivational Monday

It’s a new day and a new week. Time to get your positivity juices flowing and hustle going. 😙💅

#yougotthis #workflow #positivity #twogirlsandareadingcorner #motivationalmonday

Exciting News!

Many exciting things have happened in our Two Girls and a Reading Corner family this week.

First, we are expanding! Up to this point the focus of our brand has revolved around Children’s Literature. Now we are unveiling the release of genres geared for an adult audience base. This genre expansion includes inspirational books along with much more to come.

In developing and maturing an aspect of our brand, we decided to create a more mature logo to distinguish these books and authors. This logo remains consistent with our current design scheme while also distinguishing the children’s genre from the adult genre. We hope you like our new logo and would love to hear your thoughts.

Our second exciting announcement is that our family has expanded by three new authors! We are so excited to have these authors join our Two Girls and a Reading Corner family. Please give Steve Warren, Van Andrews, and Patricia Bartosik a warm welcome.

Blog Post Writer: Sadie K.

What do we have here…

We have been busy bees at Two Girls’ we’ve had three new releases, several live readings and events that are coming up. For the new releases… “Oscar the Octopus” and “Brothers for Sale” written by Tracy Kushwaha. “When I Pray” written by Trista Lawrence and a re-release of “Timothy  and His Missing Tooth” by Mandy Leigh is coming soon.

Visit our shop and see what books we currently have available. 

 

 

Check out our FB live readings uploaded to our YouTube channel.

Mandy Leigh will be at the Next Chapter Con in Ringgold, GA on September 7th, representing  all of Two Girls and a Reading Corner Authors as well as the books she has written.  

Mandy Leigh will also be on a talk show radio on September the 10th.

She will also be at the Madison Library Fair in Madison, AL  on September 14th.

More details to come…  

Can’t wait to share them with you and see as many of you as I can at these events.  

 

A little bit here, a little bit there, a little bit everywhere…

Whew!!! Are we busy over here?!?  We have had so much going on.  Where do I even begin.  I just updated the website so take a look around.  I will also be expanding the business to add to the services that we provide soon.  I will post about that in detail later.  It’s really exciting and will open the doors to opportunities for a broader array of writers.  Right now I would like to announce that we have had the pleasure of accepting three new authors into our Two Girls’ Family and have had one new release, with several upcoming releases.  Let me introduce you to our newest authors.  Click on their names and learn all about them.  They are pretty cool, if I do say so myself.  

We are due to have a summer release coming out by Tracy Kushwaha and a Fall release as well. An upcoming re-release by yours truly, Mandy Leigh, right around the corner, in the next week or so.  Trista, has two upcoming books that will be coming out soon.  One will be releasing this Summer as well.  Another of her books is set to release Spring 2020.  Emma’s release date hasn’t been set yet, but she’s been working hard with her book and other’s as she is an illustrator herself.  Marie has two books that are due to release around this Summer and one around Christmas.  More details on the upcoming releases will be released soon.  Stay tuned and make sure you are following us on FB.

Long overdue, first post…

I am super excited to announce three new releases, two of which are re-releases and an upcoming release this Spring 2019.  

“Pinky Takes the Stage” Re-release by Lindsay DeRollo,  “If the Slipper Fits”  New Release by Lindsay DeRollo

“Harriet the Brave” Re-release by Tracy Kushwaha, and an up coming release this Spring,  “Olivia the Odd Ostrich” by Tracy Kushwaha.

Check out our Two Girls and a Reading Corner FB page for more awesome things that have been going on.

Also click on our SHOP and check out our other books we have.  Easter is right around the corner.  What’s better than chocolate in your basket?  Books…what’s better than books? Two Girls and a Reading Corner books.

By Lindsay DeRollo Availavable in our Shop or on Amazon
By Lindsay DelRollo Availavable in our Shop or on Amazon
By Tracy Kushwaha Availavable in our Shop or on Amazon
by Tracy Kushwaha Coming this Spring

A little bit here and a little bit there...

Whew!!! Are we busy over here?!?  We have had so much going on.  Where do I even begin.  I just updated the website so take a look around.  I will also be expanded the business to add to the services that we provide soon.  I will post about that in detail later.  It’s really exciting and will open the doors to opportunities for a broader array of writers.  Right now I would like to announce that we have had the pleasure of accepting three new authors into our Two Girls’ Family and have had one new release, with several upcoming releases.  Let me introduce you to our newest authors.  Click on their names and learn all about them.  They are pretty cool, if I do say so myself.  

We are due to have a summer release coming out by Tracy Kushwaha and a Fall release as well. An upcoming re-release by yours truly, Mandy Leigh, right around the corner, in the next week or so.  Trista, has two upcoming books that will be coming out soon.  One will be releasing this Summer as well.  Another of her books is set to release Spring 2020.  Emma’s release date hasn’t been set yet, but she’s been working hard with her book and other’s as she is an illustrator herself.  Marie has two books that are due to release around this Summer and one around Christmas.  More details on the upcoming releases will be released soon.  Stay tuned and make sure you are following us on FB.

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