First of all, I'd just like to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who blitzed me yesterday! What an awesome surprise. I never thought I'd be the one getting blitzed! You guys rock!
Second, I'm squeezing this in on the last possible day, but here is my entry for Melissa Maygrove's Follow Fest:
Name: Sherry Ellis, aka, The Mama
Fiction or nonfiction? Fiction
What genres do you write? Children's picture books and chapter books.
Are you published? Yes, two, but soon-to-be three books:
That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN!
That Mama is a Grouch – Pinnacle Book Award Winner, Silver Award in Mom's Choice Awards
Ten Zany Birds - should be available in December
Do you do anything in addition to writing? I am a professional musician who plays and teaches violin, viola and piano.
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a mom (obviously), I love music (I guess that's kind of obvious, too), and I enjoy travelling and doing adventurous things (Next on my list is sky diving. I think I've convinced my 65-year-old mom to do it with me!)
What are you reading right now? Notes on Music, Idea and History by Kurt Oppens. Totally intellectual, I know, but as a musician, I try to learn as much about music as I can.
Which authors influenced you the most? Jane Yolen, Mary Pope Osborne, Rick Riordan: All childrens/MG authors.
Where can we find you?
Now for the (very short) story:
Last night, we had steak for dinner. They were cooked on the barbecue, and came out medium rare, which is how most of us like them. My daughter, however, has a real problem with blood in her meat.
I watched as she poked her steak numerous times with her fork. It looked like she was killing it. "What are you doing?" I asked.
She smashed the steak and let the blood ooze out. "I'm making it less dead!"