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Becky Villareal – Books for Children

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Today we welcome Becky Villarel,

 Born in Dallas, Texas to missionary parents. 

“As the fourth of five children I was often left to my own devices to entertain myself.  So inventing new stories became my passion at a very early age where I would create small books out of any scraps of paper I could find around the house.

“For twenty years I taught in the Dallas Independent School District.  For the past ten years I have been completing family research on my mother’s and father’s families. The grandmother of two I enjoy writing and spending time with my family.

“As an elementary teacher and ten-year veteran of genealogy, I have been able to enjoy not only working with children but finding out about my family history.

One of the books you wrote, Gianna the Great, is an interesting book. Tells us about it.

“Gianna just wants to know about her ancestors, but she has to join an after school history club to do it. Now, she’s about to embark on a journey that will change everything she thinks she knows about her family. becky first boookAknaXBL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_

The mother is both unwilling and unable to give her information on her father.  Finding out information is a big part of the story.  In the beginning of the series, she doesn’t want her daughter digging up old bones because of how her own mother reacted when she was expecting Gianna.

What was your primary reason for writing the books?
“To encourage children to explore their ancestry.  This would mean actually talking to their grandparents to get information.  In today’s society, so few families take the time to talk to one another anymore and I was hoping to begin these important conversations.  When the older members of our families pass away, that link to the family history is often lost.
“The use of Multicultural books in and out of the classroom in this day and time is imperative  when so many children are coming from multi-racial and multi-cultural backgrounds. The need for them to see their reflection in books is one of the ways to encourage them to become life-long readers and learners as well.”
Tell us about the Genealogical Research.
“Genealogical research is taking what you know about your family and searching for what you don’t know.  It begins with discussions with  parents, grandparents, and any family members who might have information; this includes pictures and stories.  After this information is put together, you can begin an actual family tree (see attached) this is where it becomes like a puzzle. What piece is missing, a name, date of birth, or place of birth?  These records can be found online many times through Family Search.org that has one of the largest databases available free of cost.   There is also the National Archives and Genealogy Departments available in the larger libraries.  As the tree grows, so does the bank of information that can be put together in book form and given to relatives.
“By learning about my family history, I found out why my hair is the color and texture it is, why I have an overbite and why I have a very strong, determined nature that can take me through the many trials of life.  It is because of my ancestors and the resilience they
have shown that I am who I am.”
Then you wrote, Halito Gianna.: The Journey Continues. Tell us about it.
“On her  journey, she was able to access online information and find out things she never envisioned. However, many of the questions she has remain unanswered until in the new book, Halito Gianna: The Journey Continues Gianna Saldaña finds out about connections she never knew existed.” becky second book41R488IPoBL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_
Why did you get into writing and researching this information.
“I have been a family genealogist for over ten years now and have researched ways of finding out obscure information online.  When my own children began to ask questions, I knew I needed to have the truth in hand.  This gave me the idea of Gianna who is modeled after one of the students I worked with who is bright, articulate and curious.
There is a third book currently in the hands of my wonderful agent Jessica Schmedlier who works with Golden Wheat Literary Agency that promises an even better journey!
Becky, thank you so much for visiting today and telling us about these wonderful books.
These are great books for parents to get for their children.
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Marilyn Baron-Fun and Full of Surprises

marilyn baron  We are so delighted to have Marilyn Baron visit us today.  What many people may not know about Marilyn is she started writing in grammar school. She is very active in the writers associations and has about 17 books out. She is a very energetic lady.

Marilyn is a versatile writer in different genres.

Welcome Marilyn. Please tell us about your book, Landlocked. 

Landlocked_w10128_Final for Print high res (1) Thank you Susan. I’m glad to be here. Landlocked is about Amelia Rushing, an inexperienced South Florida realtor with weather issues, and a loser at love. Her grandmother asks her to sell some property on an isolated North Carolina mountaintop. Upon investigation, Amelia finds the tract is landlocked. Determined to make her first sale and right the injustice to her grandmother, Amelia travels to the town of Confrontation and enlists the help of local real estate attorney, Alec Brady, who thwarts her at every turn.

Sparks fly when Amelia announces her plans to move into her grandmother’s cabin until she can sell the property. It is Alec’s current home, and he’s not giving it up. When Amelia discovers that thirty years ago a prominent landscape artist disappeared in the town of Confrontation, she is anxious to solve the decades-old mystery, but there’s a serial killer on the loose. A number of people are missing but no witnesses are coming forward. What is the community hiding, and does Alec know where the bodies are buried?

Whoa! No wonder you are getting such rave reviews on this book. Can’t wait to read this.

We hope you will come back and visit when your next book releases.

Be sure and check out Marilyn’s website: http://www.marilynbaron.com/

And friend her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marilyn.baron.5

Getting To Know Authors-All Through The Year.

We have enjoyed so much visiting with authors Amanda Kyle Williams, Irene Hannon, Gail Martin Gaymer, Jamie Langston Turner and Robin Lee Hatcher. Each one in their own right are very successful authors.

Amanda Kyle Williams is a  contemporary American crime writer best known for her Keye Street series of novels.

Irene Hannon is an edge-of-the-seat suspense writer and writer of heartwarming romance.

Gail Martin Gaymer writes great romance and suspense novels.

Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love.

Jamie Langston Turner writes Christian Fiction with warmth and vivid detail.

Be sure and check out their books for the holidays at http://www.southernwritersbookstore.com

 

Don't Talk to Strangers Amanda Kyle Williams

DeceivedSide     Irene Hannon

BettertoSeeYou2      Gail Gaymer Martin

Love-Without-End       Robin Lee Hatcher

to see moon       Jamie Langston Turner

Check out their interviews in Southern Writers Magazine  Irene Cover 8620211

We hope you will visit their websites, get to know them, let them know how much you enjoy their books. They are always glad to hear from their readers and if you have questions about the book, be sure and ask them.

Thank you for joining us to visits with these terrific authors.

Come back soon and see who will be joining us for the next round of visits from authors!