On April 23, Nancy Grace talked about Summer’s Winter at the end of her HLN show and recommended it!
On April 29, John Granger, also known as the HogwartsProfessor and author of several books about Harry Potter, interviewed me about Summer’s Winter. He read it and loved it, and more than that, he got it!
I can’t tell you what a thrill this was. It’s almost like I’m Jeanine (Summer’s Winter character) and was just invited to come participate in my favorite fandom—the way she was through Jamie and Charlie. Most of you know what a huge Harry Potter fan I am. I started reading John Granger’s work even before I finished the whole Harry Potter series and admire him greatly, and I can’t believe my book was featured by the same blog that talks regularly about J.K. Rowling, Twilight, and Divergent!
Professor Granger was also kind enough to provide me a blurb about Summer’s Winter:
Robin Johns Grant’s Summer’s Winter is the most inventive take on fan fiction I can imagine — because it’s a romance-thriller about fandoms, especially if not explicitly the Harry Potter fandom, and explores the important intersection of literature, spirituality, and imagination. Delightful!
Today’s guest is children’s writer Kimberley Payne. She’ll be telling us about herself, her books, her newest project–and a way for you to get involved in its publication!
Tell us about yourself
I am an award-winning author and a member of The Word Guild, Inscribe Christian Writer’s Fellowship, and John 3:16 Marketing Network.
I combine my teaching experience and love of writing to create educational materials for mothers and children about family, fitness, science and faith.
Tell us about the book
My latest project is “Adam’s Animals,” a children’s activity book that features over 40 animals mentioned in the Bible and little-known facts about each. It is the second book in the Science and Faith Matters series. The first book, “Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation,” is a colourful introduction to trees, leaves and their corresponding Bible stories.
Who is this book written for?
“Adam’s Animals” is ideal for 6 to 9 year olds, for home or school use and classroom sharing in grades 1-3 to supplement the Life Sciences Curriculum on Animal Life.
What was your inspiration for this book?
Years ago, my daughter wrote a little book called, “Did you know…fascinating and fun facts about animals around the world” as a fundraiser to go to camp. I helped her with it and loved discovering new things about God’s creation.
Do you have a favorite animal and why that one?
I loved learning about the leopard. This big cat can climb trees, run fast, and swim. He’s powerful and smart. My kind of creature!
Did you find anything particularly difficult in writing this book?
There was a ton of research. Not only did I have to dig through the Bible to discover the animals mentioned, but then I had to research each individually to uncover five unusual facts.
What do you hope this book accomplishes?
I hope that “Adam’s Animals” will fuel the desire for children to read the Bible and to also learn more about the animals that God created.
This is the exciting part! The book is still in manuscript form. I am hoping to bring the project to life with the direct support of friends, colleagues and family.
As the book creator, I have set a funding goal of $3500, with a deadline of February 28th, 2014. If you like my book idea, you can pledge any amount of money to make it happen.
As the book backer, you choose from a number of rewards based on the amount of financial support you pledge. For example, backers who pledge a minimum of $5, will receive a choice of one of two of my e-books: 1) Fit for Faith – 7 weeks to improved spiritual and physical health, OR 2) Women of Strength – a devotional to improve spiritual and physical health. Backers who pledge a minium of $15 will receive an autographed copy of “Adam’s Animals.” Backers who pledge a minimum of $175 will be listed on the “Dedication” page at the back of the book PLUS will receive an autographed copy of “Adam’s Animals.”
Backing “Adam’s Animals” is more than just giving money. Writers need encouragement and you would be supporting my dream of creating a valuable resource for children and parents.
Here’s an excerpt from “Adam’s Animals”–the entry on the Ant (see illustration at top of page):
Proverbs 6:6 “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!”
See also: Proverbs 30:25
The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, wrote the Book of Proverbs – a book of wise sayings to help us live godly lives. In this verse, Solomon points out that it is foolish to be idle and lazy. He says that we should learn from the example of the ant who doesn’t laze around and wait to be told what to do, but is willing to work hard and do what needs to be done.
Did you know?
Ants are from the insect family
Ants can lift 20 times their body weight
Ants have two stomachs – one to hold the food for itself and one to hold food to be shared with other ants
There are 3 kinds of ants in a colony: the queen, the female workers, and males
Ants communicate by using chemicals called pheromones
Ants don’t have ears but they “hear” by feeling vibrations in the ground
About the Author
Kimberley Payne is an award-winning self-published writer and a member of The Word Guild, Inscribe Christian Writer’s Fellowship, and John 3:16 Marketing Network. She has volunteered as a teacher with many children’s programs at her church, as a teacher’s aid for student’s reading, and within the library at her children’s school. Kimberley combines her teaching experience and love of writing to create educational materials for children about family, fitness, science and faith.
The illustrator, Janis Cox, is an author, watercolour artist, wife, mother and grandma — but most of all she’s a faithful follower of Jesus. She’s been retired from teaching for over 15 years but finds herself back into her passion of working with children. Janis says, “I love painting pictures of animals and it will be a joy to create the illustrations for Kimberley’s new book. Plus working with Kimberley has always been exciting. Her enthusiasm always brings joy to my heart.”
Diane Roblin-Lee is the owner of byDesign Media, a custom publishing company which specializes in beautiful layouts and cover designs. With over 30 years in the publishing industry, Diane has written several bestsellers herself and takes pride in being able to help other writers to get their books out to the world. Her tag line, “From Manuscript to Market,” covers the full spectrum of services, from editing and design, to publishing and international distribution. Helping her authors find pleasure and satisfaction in the publishing process is very important to Diane.