Day 1: Meet A. Law Shettleworth

self-portraitHi there!  It is GREAT to have you here on my blog today!

Readers: Please stay tuned for a full week about Antonette Law Shettleworth’s book, her interests and writing life. It will be a super-exciting and inspiring week!

Tell us a few things about yourself.

Hello there, well I’m a mother of 2 young children.  I’m originally from Washington, DC, but I went to Hong Kong when I was 7 years old.  I lived in Hong Kong for almost the rest of my childhood and early adult life.  I speak fluent Cantonese and conversational Mandarin.

What’s your favorite book?

I will go with what first came to mind – It’s CLICK, CLACK, MOO Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin.  This author is simply brilliant!  Her story is so funny and the whole story came to live.

Who is your favorite author? 

My favorite author is J.K. Rowling.

cover-final-obWhat inspired you to want to write your book?

Negative criticisms about my writing, and a dream that I had since I was little girl that one day I would love to become a magazine publisher.  Yup, I always dreamt about what article, artwork, or even what the cover would look like of my imaginary magazine/book. That image or idea stuck with me for a very long time.  As for the criticisms part of things also stuck with me for a very long time.  I grew up in a country where the Chinese and English language collides, and it’s not the easiest thing to do to actually pen down something.

I remembered I dread composition classes (Chinese and English) in school, and I don’t like writing at all.  I felt that I’m really bad at this, and it’s quite hard for me when my brain function in both languages. One time my journalism instructor in college came to me with my project in hand and told me “Antonette, this is really bad, look at all the grammar, this is really bad work you need to take a grammar class”.

My heart was pounding filled with embarrassment, that comment was never forgotten.  To be honest, it hurt my feelings it really did, and that D graded project I wrote for my journalism class was a sight of sore eyes; but it pushed me to a different level.  I kept writing and kept getting criticisms and I kept it moving.  Don’t get me wrong there’s good and bad criticisms, and I was praised plenty about my creative ideas and attitude towards my writing.  Eventually, I decided to take a class to improve my writing.  It was a choice between Children stories or Business writing.  It was an easy choice, it was a Nope! To boring business writing, and Yippie Yes!! To fun Children stories.

Why do you like writing children’s stories?

Because it’s fun and takes me back to the past when I was a little girl.  I can use my creative ideas in writing, and it truly makes me happy.

Tell us a bit about your current writing projects.

Well, there’s no secret I still write and scribble here and there, but it will be a surprise.  Stay tuned

Do you have more books in the works? Tell us a bit about them.

I do have another story that I am still working on, and trying to map the bits and pieces together, and a little more research. (I am sure having a writer’s block moment)  This time I would like to add a little friendly creature into it, because being a mother I learned a lot more from my children and their friends – they are truly teachers to children writers.

What can readers expect to get from this book?

My goal is for parents to feel they can enjoy and relate to it, so it will not only be suitable for children but also any ages.

Any tips for aspiring writers?

I am an aspiring writer myself, but this was once said to me

from a friend of a friend as an encouragement, she wrote,

“Ignore all the naysayers.  Lots of things are better said

   than done. You do what makes you happy.  If it 

   doesn’t work out in the end, at least you’ll know you


It was that one tip and support that I needed.  I forever

thank her for this comment.

Any last words?

It’s all about practice – “Go for it!”

Thank you so much!  I look forward to learning more about you and your work on Wednesday!

Readers, stay tuned for that!

Day 3: Nancy Coradinni’s Writing Life

pic-of-herHi Nancy!  Welcome to Day 3 of your VBT tour right her on my blog!

Today, can you please describe your writing life to my readers?

I consider myself a storyteller more than a writer/author. My life is rich with events that are interesting and insightful. I often tell my grandchildren stories I’ve lived and they love that it really happened. No one made it up. I do let them know that sometimes embellishing helps people imagine the characters you are talking about. They like telling me their oral stories too. I learn so much about them when they freely storytell!

To write the story I just sit down whenever time allows and put words to paper in the format I would be talking the story to a person. Then I go back, many times and create the settings, work on character and create conversation. In The Horse Who Loves Hats, the main characters are actually a few horses/people I observed combined into one. Those are Stardust, Ruby and Leti. Nel is actually me. I hope people understand how connected I am to Stardust. Picture books are a challenge with so few words!

One of the subjects in my story is autistic. I was aware of autism and observed the children coming to horse therapy where my horse was a participant. But, I researched autism in depth so my few sentences about Charlie, my character with autism, were not insensitive. I feel research is essential to writing.

If I were to write a story totally from my imagination I would picture it in real life first. I have been a beach goer all of my life. When I am not swimming in the ocean or walking the seashore I like to sit on the beach, watch the people or seashore life around me and imagine stories about their lives. My cousin Gretchen and I did that about people we would see at the beach over several years. We even gave them names. Maybe my next book will be about the beach people!

Thank you so much for sharing your writing life with my readers. I am sure they will be as inspired as I was with your writing life!

All the best of luck, and I wish you every success in the future!



Day 2: About Nancy Coradinni’s book

pic-of-herIt is GREAT to have you here for Day 2 of your VBT tour Nancy!

1. What is the theme of your book or description

A quirky racehorse gets a second chance in life helping children with autism.

2. Who is the Audience?

This book is geared for children 4-9 or anyone one interested in equine therapy and further acceptance of children with challenges. Also, the racing community involved with rehoming racehorses.

3. What is your publisher Information

My book is published through Halo Publishing International.

4. What is your Email?

It is

5. What is the contact information you want the reader to have about you?

Readers can look up The Horse Who Loves Hats on Facebook.

6. Where is your book available for purchase?

It is available through Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

7. Include anything else that a potential buyer of your book may need.

There is info at end about autism, plus contact info of reputable equine therapy and rehoming horse groups.

Thank you for saying more about your book! I am sure that readers of this blog will be very interested in your book.

If you would like to leave a comments for Nancy, please do so here.

Stay tuned for Day 3 that will posted on Friday right here!

Day 1: Nancy Corradini’s Virtual Book Tour – Interview

pic-of-herHi Nancy Corradini!

It is GREAT to have you here on my blog this week. I am sure my readers will be so inspired by you and your work.

1. Tell us a few things about yourself.

I was born in Los Angeles in 1952 — one of the few. Boy has it changed–but I still love visiting Los Angeles.

Animals have always been soulful friends to me. I feel connected to them. And, I have actually been kissed by a camel!

2. What’s your favorite book?

My favorite book is, “Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell. When I read the book I wanted to be like Karana.

3. Who is your favorite author?

Probably, John Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors. His characters grip me.

4. What inspired you to want to write your book?

My book is about something that happened that I was a part of. People enjoyed hearing it verbally so I adapted it to be a picture book.

5. Tell us a bit about your current writing projects.

I am thinking about writing a picture book about a blue jay that lived at my beach house patio for several years. He became like a family member and enjoyed all the visitors

6. What can readers expect to get from this book?

Readers can learn a bit about horse therapy and the soulfulness of horses. I hope they notice the way people picked up on the horse’s acceptance of all the people around her as equals whether they had autism or not. Acceptance and inclusion are natural ways to discourage bullying behaviors.

7. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Don’t dive into publishing until you really understand all the details necessary so mistakes aren’t made.

8. Any last words?

When reading to children, I like to select books that encourage questions and conversation. It is good to stop and discuss while reading or at the end of a story.

Thank you Nancy! I look forward to seeing you here on my blog on Wednesday!

Readers: Stay tuned for 3 days of getting to know Nancy Corradini. Today is Day 1! Wednesday and Friday the two other episodes will follow.

About Mark Spencer’s book

spencer_cover_3dPlease describe your book to my readers.

1. What is the theme of your book or description

This is a holiday book about the very first Christmas Eve in the stable before Joseph & Mary arrived.
2. Audience
It was written for anyone who loves the magic of Christmas
3. Publisher Information
Halo Publishing International.
4. Please let us know what your Email address is.
For the book and its website (not up until later this coming week).

For our correspondence use
5. What is your contact information you want the reader to have about you?
It is for the book’s website and in it there will be emails and contact forms for writing the author, for writing to Mouse, and for interest in book signings and fundraising for ministries.
6. Your website address
mark-spencer-jpeg7. Where is it available for purchase?

It is available on Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

Thank you so much!  It is GREAT to have you here on my blog today.

Readers, stay tuned for Friday’s post when Mark Spencer will be talking about his writing life.

Meet Mark Spencer!

mark-spencer-jpegWelcome to my blog Mark Spencer!  It is GREAT to get to know you and your work more.

1. Tell us a few things about yourself.

Not much to say I’m a pretty average guy. Always loved reading and perhaps got that from my dad who read more books than most libraries hold. I’ve always been drawn to stories of adventure on other worlds or in other times because I’ve never felt like I truly fit in this world or at this time. I actually have been writing fiction books for years, have yet to finish one, and the funny thing is that the first story I completed turned out to be nothing like anything else I was working on.

2. What’s your favorite book?

The Hobbit + Lord of the Rings Trilogy

3. Who is your favorite author?

I have several – God, CS Lewis and Stephen King

spencer_cover_3d4. What inspired you to want to write your book?

For me it was God, but it came in a way that was not anything I ever expected. It was on a random trip to a home where a small dollhouse size door was along the baseboard at the bottom of the stairs.

5. Tell us a bit about your current writing projects.

About two weeks ago the concept came to me for a sequel to The Christmas Mouse, which again was out of the blue as I never imagined the possibility of a sequel to be honest, so I will hopefully be working on that as soon as I’m supposed to, and I already have a few verses on the chalkboard in my head. Other than that I have several fiction novels in the works, the first of which I hope to finish next year. It’s about my dad who passed almost two years ago, but we’ll see, it seems God might have different plans for what I might write.

6. Do you have more books in the works? Tell us a bit about them.

I do. Seventeen at the moment. I hope I get enough time to finish some of them.

7. What can readers expect to get from this book?

I’m hoping they get a touch of that magical feeling that Christmas seems to bring and that through all the insanity of the commercial side of the holiday, that it helps them remember what Christmas truly is.

8. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Lol I still think of myself as one. This is my first published book and not at all what I thought my first book would be, so if I had to offer anything I have learned to date, it’s that you need to follow what most people would call your instincts and never give up on what you feel led to write, even it takes many years to get it to print.

9. Any last words?

Just that I hope people really enjoy this one little story in the sea of thousands of new books, and that it adds to their Christmas joy and traditions. Oh and I’d love to hear from readers how they make Mouse a part of their Christmas.

Thank you so much Mark Spencer!  I look forward to getting to know you even more over the next few days!

Readers: Please see a description of Mark Spencer’s book and an essay about his writing life appearing later this week.

That’s it for now…


How to Become Aware of Your Vision as a Writer

Window with a ViewA writer’s vision is usually derived from her intention to write. A writer’s vision is based on a short-term and long-term prognostic of which she wants to achieve in her writing career. A writer’s vision is usually something that is unique to the writer and it is determined by her themes and personality.

Preparing a vision statement usually entails doing a bit of dreaming first. For instance, you should try to envision where you want to be in your writing career including what you would like to have done.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself to create your vision statement:

1. Where would you like to be in your writing career in 5 years? Dream a little! How many books would you like to publish? On which topics? Do some brainstorming.

2. Where would you like to be in 3 years in your writing career?

3. Where would you like to be in 2 years in your writing career?

4. Where would you like to be at the end of this year?

5. How can you take steps this year to complete your goals or those goals?

6. What steps can you take this month to move your closer to your goal?

7. What steps can you take this week to move closer to your goal?

By taking the time to answer these questions for yourself and writing down your answers, you can create a concrete vision statement that you can review time and time again. Also, writing down your vision statement solidifies it in your mind. So, it is a win-win for us!

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