After 20 years in PR I decided it was time to...just write. Now, I am a published, award-winning author, developmental book editor, author mentor and partner publisher (www.ocpublishing.ca). I post thoughts on my writer's journey and share my experiences as an author, editor and publisher and highlight the books of authors I am publishing. I welcome guest bloggers and do author interviews. Enjoy my blog and feel free to comment.
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Author Diann Floyd Boehm's Next Children's Book Launches on International Literacy Day
One of my OC Publishing authors, who splits her time between Houston and Dubai (where we met and became friends) is children’s book author, Diann Floyd Boehm. Diann will launch her
fourth children’s picture book, Harry the
Camel, on September 8, 2019, International Literacy Day. The book will
simultaneously launch in both English and Arabic to honour the language of the
main character’s country of origin.
had been wanting to write a story about a camel for some time,” said Boehm. “While
living in Dubai, I had visited local camel farms, experienced the highly
regarded camel beauty contests and have even ridden many over the years. One
day, inspiration just hit for the perfect story.”
overarching theme of all of Diann's children’s stories is to embrace diversity
and for children to accept themselves and others the way they are.
Harry the Camel will
surely pull on the heart strings of readers as he pines for a life he can never
have. Harry lives in the sand dunes of Dubai, and he often watches from a
distance as the beautifully sleek race horses at the track run their laps. He
laments that his back isn’t as smooth as theirs and wonders how much faster he
could run without his bulky old hump. As he dreams of the possibilities, Dover
the bird swoops in and teases him about his hump, making him feel even worse
about how he looks. As he makes his way sadly home he happens upon a little boy
named Omar. Harry learns that Omar is lost. Who better than a camel to lead a
lost boy out of the desert? In the end, Harry discovers there is nothing better
than being yourself and, for the first time, Harry is proud to be a camel.
is also a gentle anti-bullying message in Diann's book. “I want kids to read the story
and understand how words can hurt so they should think before saying something
that they believe is funny but could actually be hurtful.”
her last book, The Little Girl in the
Moon – Moxie & Tycho Town (the third in The Little Girl in the Moon series), Diann partnered with her
daughter, Katherine Louise Boehm, to create the illustrations. For this latest
book, she chose to work with Sri Lankan artist, Yoshita M. Ahmed, who she met
while living in Dubai, adding to the international flavour of her latest book.
believe that different artists for different books help to define the look and
feel of the story,” she said. “Yoshita hails from the beautiful country of
Sri Lanka and has lived in the Middle East for years. Her artistry helps to
bring the simplicity of Harry and the beauty of the Gulf to the story.”
As we approach launch day for Lynda Faye Schmidt's novel, The Healing , a women's fiction/family drama based on the author's life, we're excited to announce the blog tour schedule and introduce you to the bloggers and book reviewers who have joined the tour. The tour begins on launch day, April 23rd. Take a look, follow these bloggers and make sure you visit on the tour dates indicated (check back regularly for updates): Pre-Tour - March 2 - Thrive Global - pre-launch announcement April 16 - Fit for Joy - pre-launch podcast interview with Lynda April 23 - IndieView - author Q&A with Lynda April 24 - Canadian Bookworm - featuring a guest blog by Lynda, "What Inspired Me" April 26 - Dartmouth Book Exchange - author spotlight April 29 - Storybook Reviews - review May 4 - Help Me Sara - podcast interview May 13 - My Question Life - review and author interview June 30 - Reader's Favorite - review Date TBD - Maryse's Book Blog - review Date
Too many adverbs and clichés in your writing? I've got just the fix for you. by Jessica Bell Writers constantly have rules thrown at them left, right, and center. Show, don’t tell! Stop using so many dialogue tags! More sensory detail! More tension! Speed up the pace! Yada yada yada ... it can become overwhelming, yes? I used to feel overwhelmed by it all too. In fact, I still do sometimes. It’s hard enough to get the words on the page, let alone consider how to put them there. In Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird , she says that in order not to be overwhelmed, a writer needs to focus on short assignments. She refers to the one-inch picture frame on her desk and how that little picture frame reminds her to focus on bite-sized pieces of the whole story. Basically, if you focus on one small thing at a time, the story will eventually come together to create a whole. I believe the same applies to learning the craft of writing. If writers focus on one aspect of the craft at a time, t
I'm flattered to have received a Super Swe-e-e-e-t Award from Jeanette Anderson http://jeanettesandersen.blogspot.com/ on September 20 (sorry for the delay in getting this up Jeanette but it is greatly appreciated)! Her mission is to make people laugh, cry, shout, smile, frown and just enjoy reading so check out her blog and see if it works! The Guidelines: So, once I accept this award, the guidelines state that: First: I must thank the person who nominated me... of course, that's the proper thing to do! Thanks Jeanette! Second: Answer the Super Sweet Questions (that follow below). Third: Nominate a baker's dozen (13) to receive this award (if you can't find 13 that's okay... just find as many as you can). “Super Sweet” Questions: 1. Cookies or Cake? Cookies. Especially my mother-in-law's special oatmeal cookies! Even tastier when eaten at the cottage. 2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla, with lots of fresh berries. 3. What is your fa