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Publishing remains a tight-knit industry&#...


I was reading an article out of a trade magazine the other night and it almost made me cringe. It was a good read, helpful information and a unique perspective on the publishing industry that little ol’ me didn’t know – but it also brought about that ‘Good ol’ boys’ mentality my mother used to […]

Was that a tantrum?


“It’s mine, mine, mine, mine!” She declared with a yelp. Have you ever done that? Throw a temper tantrum? Have you ever wanted something so much you were willing to fight for it? To pout or sulk, scream? “I want that toy!” Fiona did too but she learned a valuable lesson. Just because you want […]

Two Stories and then the Truth


Another concept regarding perceptions – I loved this graphic! They say: There are two sides to every story – and then there is the truth.  Some people are incapable of understanding this. They know their side of the story and are unable to see any other side. It’s kind of a great explanation of the split in […]

Hamilton Troll wants to play


In the very first Hamilton Troll story, Hamilton meets someone new. He is excited to introduce himself to Pink Light Sprite. He fixes himself up to look his best and then asks her what they should do. “What do you want to play?” Hamilton is social and inviting and this is a perfect example of […]

Butter your palms


Ever since we started creating this cookbook for children, I’ve been scouring recipe websites to gain inspiration and insight. I’m not taking recipes, that would be plagiarism, I’m trying to learn what I can because I’m normally not allowed in the kitchen. When Carol wanted to do popcorn balls, I started researching what we were […]

Sisters in Anguish


Oh look at those shoes – oh my, they’re so cute! Look at those heels. I look so astute. The leather, the lace, the cloth and the buckles, I can’t wait to wear them – each lady chuckles.   But lo – when you wear them, your head held up high. You’re feeling so proud […]

Why I Write


Survival…  Sanity… When I was young, there were situations in my life that were not happy. To escape a negative situation, I’d write about a positive one. When I was being bullied and felt vulnerable and weak, I’d write about having a super power where I could be strong and take care of myself. When […]

Labyrinth 2: Finding Peace


Lately at church, I haven’t been feeling ‘it’. I tend to leave feeling emptier than when I arrived. That is the exact opposite of what church used to do for me. There are many reasons for that – excuses… working harder, following my dreams, leaving others behind, lost loved ones, oh and that darn biological […]

Which came first God or the Believer?

Which came first God or the Believer?

Like the old phrase which came first the chicken or the egg, this idea came to me earlier today. It made me really think because there are so many ways we can go with this question. God came first – he made the universe. We wouldn’t exist without him. The Believer came first – without […]

To blend does not mean in a blender

To blend does not mean in a blender

So I came across a recipe that called for some ingredients to be blended together. Blend means to mix thouroghly. Things can be blended together, if you are the person blending you can be called a blendor but that should not be confused with blender, the machine that makes smoothies because many times, a recipe […]

I’m tired of being an adult

pillow fort

Children are amazing! Their imaginations are awe inspiring. They have so much creativity, so much Magic within them, so many curiosities and adventures and love for the unknown. It’s sad that when you become an adult that gets pulled away from you. When you become a teenager you have to be cool.  You lose all […]

Starlit’s Surprise


Starlit Troll had so much fun the day she met Hamilton and his friends that she decided to stay one more day. Hamilton comes up with a grand surprise for her that puts a huge smile on her face!  What can you do that might put a smile on someone’s face? Clean your room? Color a […]

Dinner Table Exercise – A Healthier Way to...


I’d like to say I’m in shape. I’m healthy, I don’t have much, if any, pain. I can run, climb the stairs, do manual labor… but I don’t necessarily exercise. I started a walking regimen around the neighborhood – I failed to keep it up. I think I did it for two weeks. But the […]

How to Grow Spaghetti


No – I’m not talking about growing Spaghetti Squash – you read it right – I’m talking about spaghetti, those long thin strands of noodles we love to put tomato sauce and meatballs on. It’s quite easy actually. You start with a nice clay pot, fill it with soil and place the breakings of some […]

Christian Messages in Pink Light Sprite

three of us

As someone young to the Christian faith (when I wrote Hamilton Troll meets Pink light Sprite) I was eager to take in Gods word.  Like a sponge I soaked up everything I could get, so I guess it makes sense that in my writing, some of that Word, would spill out. While it was never […]

A Hundred Pages ’till I Sleep

100 pages till i sleep

It’s early Monday morning and I’m up before the dawn, A story on my mind, gotta type but then I yawn. Coffee percolating, sleep wiped from my eyes, I settle down to start before the neighbors’ rooster cries. I’ll listen to the story playing loudly in my head, And transcribe each scene, exactly as they […]

Rudy Rat’s wRap

Rudy Rat's wRap

Watch The Video Now! I am very excited to announce the release of the official Hamilton Troll Cookbook promotional video: Rudy Rat’s wRap! This fun rap song was written by award-winning author, Kathleen J. Shields, for illustrator Carol W. Bryant’s pizza wrap recipe. We hired Zach Swagger to perform the rap song and spent a […]

Sherbet vs sorbet


Color me confused when Carol was going over my Troll Punch recipe and had me change the ingredient of lime sorbet to lime sherbet. I had ALWAYS thought that sorbet was the French way of saying the spelled word sherbet (pronounced sure-Bert – like I say to my husband ALL of the time). I figured […]

Life is about Perspective


I was thinking about God the other day and how He ‘looks out after all of us’ throughout our life’s journey. It’s quite amazing actually, how He can ‘see all’ when we can’t see what’s just around the corner. It occurred to me that it is all about perspective. When we are living through our […]

Catch Me on Great Day SA


That’s right – I’ll be on the news!!! I am so excited. No, I’m not being interviewed, that would be amazing, but this a great start. The show that I am doing next week is called the San Antonio Independent Book Festival and the person in charge is being interviewed on KENS5’s Great Day SA between 9-10am […]

The Power of Prayer Poem

Power of Prayer background

My life was about living, every day about the same. Nothing special to report, because He didn’t know my name. I was lonely and quite hungry, though I didn’t know what for. ‘Cause I hadn’t been to church, so I didn’t know the Lord. When I did attend I went for food, friendship and to […]

I was interviewed by the Van Show!!


This was so much fun! I felt like I was 5 years old again and my dream of meeting the muppets had finally come true! I LOVE educating children and I LOVE talking about my books! Hollywood here I come (hint, hint). Watch other great author interviews on their website:

Discussion Questions for “The Painti...


Book Clubs Bible Study Youth Groups Personal Growth “The Painting” tends to yank out emotions long ago suppressed by older individuals and incite conversations and deep thoughts long after the cover has been closed. To assist in engaging in discussion whether book clubs, youth groups or even bible studies, the author has put together an […]

Please Stay


When Hamilton meets Starlit Troll he is overly excited but then when he discovers she’s going to leave he is distraught. He begs her to stay and in this story she does – for one more day. Has anyone ever left you and you were sad? I’ll admit goodbyes are hard for me!


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