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An Interview with Hamilton Troll

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

Good morning everyone, today we have a real treat for you! We are sitting down with Hamilton Troll the star of the award-winning educational children’s book series. Hamilton, what is the very first thing you want your readers to know about you? I’m about six inches tall. I live in a hole next to a […]

An Interview with Gerald Oliver Delaney &#...

The Painting award winning book by author Kathleen J. Shields

Good morning folks, today we are sitting down with the painter of an entire world! Gerald Oliver Delaney is the main character in the award winning religious fiction novel, “The Painting”. Gerald, can you tell us a little about yourself? I’m a little shy. I was picked on quite a bit because I was so […]

Local Texas Author Wins 2 Award for Childr...

Local Texas Author Wins 2 Awards for Children's Cookbook

Press Release Texas Author Wins Two Awards for Children’s Cookbook Teaching Children to Make Fun Healthy Snacks with Easy Kid-Friendly Recipes August 3, 2017 – Kathleen J. Shields a prolific writer and award-Winning Texas Author announces the “Hamilton Troll Cookbook” a top-notch, educational children’s cookbook that has already won 2 awards (First Place Cookbook from […]

My Origin Story

Kathleen J Shields author

This weekend I took the AME a marketing event for authors designed to increase your ability to make book sales. It was wonderful learning about so many new techniques… some of which you’ll see utilized in the coming months. That being said one of the classes discussed the importance of the origin story – the […]

National Poetry Month – Be Great!

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books

April marks the month where schools, libraries, publishers, poets, and booksellers celebrate the importance of poetry in our lives. …So I didn’t want to let the month go by without posting at least one poem. Did you know there are 55 types of poetry forms? There’s a ballad, a couplet, an epitaph, free verse, haiku, […]

So many things, so much to say…

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books

If I would have had the time I would have prepared quite a bit of news, but alas time slipped away from me, just as my grandfather did this past month. While the past 30 days have been quite emotional, those feelings were mixed. There was sadness blended with happiness, joy combined with grief and celebration jumbled […]

Rudy Rat’s wRap

Rudy Rat's wRap Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books

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 […]

Imagination is Key – What does that mean?

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books

Imagination is the mental ability to create new ideas or concepts. It is the mind’s way of creating things and situations that aren’t there. “Imagination is Key” is my mantra. It is why I write what I write and why I encourage all children to use their imagination. My motto is “The Only Limitation is […]

Are you ready for a Crazy Ride?

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books

The night a red meteorite crash lands in the woods, Jared’s world gets turned upside down! A red-haired substitute teacher arrives from Mars, a red wolf begins terrorizing the neighborhood and red zits keep appearing on his face! Learning about constellations, Jared’s friends connect the dots on his face only to discover they make the […]

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 […]

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 […]

We are like Squirrels

I was looking out back from the sliding glass window in Maryland and saw a couple of black squirrels going about their day. I don’t see black squirrels in Texas, at least not in my neighborhood. There we have grey squirrels.  I know there are grey and black, have seen white albino and a couple […]

Life inside a Time Capsule

In case you don’t know, a time capsule is an air-tight container that is buried containing important items, with the intention of being opened at a future date. In the movie “Knowing” with Nicholas Cage, his son received a document from inside a time capsule that predicted the end of the world… cool movie. Why […]

God is Like Ice Cream

Those who know me, know that I found God after my mother passed away. I knew about him, but didn’t really know him until the night a prayer group prayed for me. That night, God hugged me. He made his presence known to me for the first time in my life. Finally understanding, truly feeling God’s […]

Which came first the Bean or the Bean Spro...

Gilmore Girls Revival: How it should have ...

I just finished watching the Netflix Revival of Gilmore Girls and I, like many probably, cried many times throughout the shows. In fact, I bawled like a baby, sobbing at the end when Lorelai and Luke finally got married. I have a lot in common with the Gilmore Girls, raised by a single mother, having […]

Pineapples don’t grow in the ground?

The other day I saw a picture of a pineapple plant and was actually taken aback at the fact that a very large heavy pineapple grows on the top of this plant. For some reason I always thought that pineapples grew in the ground like potatoes or carrots or maybe on top of the ground […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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