I haven’t posted in a few weeks. I’m not one for excuses, but I believe that you will all understand the reason why I have been absent and will agree that my missing posts are justified. My excuse? I was busy being given a second chance to appreciate my life. Let me explain.
As the author of so many children’s books and having been “out there” in the published world for over a year now, you would think that I would have much thicker skin than I did a few years before. I found out today, though, that I don’t. My skin is just as fragile and thin as it was when I as in Jr. High School and John H. called me “four-eyes”. Discovering my skin weakness caused me to spend part of today trying to figure out how to grow thicker skin. It is now late evening and I am no closer to the answer than I was this morning. Continue reading
I am proud of all of the books I have published so far. There are more than forty picture and chapter books available through my site (www.terrikelleybooks.com), Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor (for libraries, etc.), Ingrams, and dozens of other websites. Book retailers have also been ordering my books for placement on their shelves. All of this is so exciting and I truly feel blessed to be able to provide quality reading to so many children.
One of my most recent releases is What’s That in Your Ear?. I am very happy with the way this book turned out. And the book trailer is exceptional as well. Here it is, for your viewing pleasure:
What’s That in Your Ear?
Here is a book trailer done for me by the very talented Kevin Scott Collier. This is a wonderful summary and introduction of this book that I wrote this year to help families with children who are dealing with an elderly loved one who has Alzheimer’s or dementia. You can purchase this book (cheaper) by going to my bookstore online: www.terrikelleybooks.com. You can also find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor distributors, Ingram’s, and many other sites.
I am so impressed with the illustrations done by my friend, Milena Radeva. Milena has illustrated many of my books and each one is a treasure. She manages to capture the meaning behind my words so well. She currently resides in Bulgaria, so we have never met in person. One day I hope we will. It’s a wonderful thing when people with whom you work become dear friends.
Grandpa Doesn’t Know Me Anymore by Terri Kelley
Life is complicated and simple at the same time. Just when you think you have a handle on what is going on, something new pops up to cause you to re-evaluate yourself and those around you. This is almost always a good thing. Michael and I are blessed to have experienced another example of the wonder of life’s events. Continue reading
I try to make a point of looking forward towards the new possibilities and opportunities that life provides. This is a challenge for me. I tend to be a reflective person; I look for patterns in people’s behavior as well as in my own. My desire to improve myself as well as to protect myself from things that have hurt me in the past, causes me to spend far too much time back there than I should. I hope that 2014 brings a lot more forward-looking with only the occasional glance backwards. Continue reading
Our Charlie Brown Christmas tree 2013.
I LOVE CHRISTMAS! It has always been my very favorite time of the year. Some of my very best memories are associated with all of the activities in December. As a child, my parents made sure to make Christmas a memorable event. When I had my own children, I tried my best to do the same. To this day, my father goes out of his way to make sure that my brother and I (and our families) have the most unbelievable time, complete with a pile of presents that would impress Santa’s elves. When my mother was alive, she would cook and plan and find a million different ways to make time for each of us. These are things I will never forget and will always cherish. Continue reading
One of my new releases for December 2013. It’s a fabulous book, if I do say so myself.
December has been another wonderful month for me. I hope it has been for you as well. This month, I released three more books: A Message from God, He’s All Over the Place, and Thank You, Shadow. Of these three books, I guess I am most happy with A Message from God. This book came to me one evening as I was sitting in the living room with Michael. As it usually does, my mind was jumping from one idea to another, moving forward and backwards at about a hundred miles per hour. For reasons that I attribute solely to God, I believe He put the words for this story into my head. I had the book written and off to the illustrator within 24-hours. For you who don’t believe, you might not understand or you might even think I’m losing my mind. But believers everywhere will completely understand why it is that I believe all of my books are a result of God’s handiwork. Continue reading
Laughter is part of every day I share with my true love, my best-friend, my husband, Michael.
Although I am a reflective person which means that I acknowledge to myself everything for which I am thankful on a daily basis, it is during this time of the year that my thoughts reach deeper. So do my feelings of gratitude. The other day, I listed about twenty things for which I am thankful. They included everything in my present life: my husband, my family, my kids, my dog, my home, etc. And this post in no way diminishes my feelings about these things. I just feel that I’d like to share these things for which I am also grateful.
So, in addition to last week’s list, I am also thankful for the following:
As a struggling author, one of the most difficult tasks is to market your book successfully. It is very costly and time-consuming and you will find that offers for help are not exactly falling from the sky. Now imagine if you are the author of over 51 new books, all published within the last 12 months, and all of which have true value. Yes, that’s right, FIFTY-ONE new books in 12 months. I have been busy writing, formatting, coordinating, and publishing, to say the least. And, because each of the books is professionally done. The writing is fabulous (if I do say so myself). The illustrations are just about perfect. Comparing my work to the work of others, I can honestly say that I rank very near the top in terms of quality, value, relevance, and interest by the reader. Continue reading