1. How did you come up with the title?
The title was taken from a scrapbook I made for my son’s first birthday.
2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My book is written for an LDS (Mormon) audience about a child’s adoption journey. It was written to convey to the child that their place in their family is by divine design. They were always meant to be a part of their forever family-even if they got there a different way.
3. How much of the book is realistic?
The book is very realistic! It is our story and we believe the doctrine it teaches.
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
There are a few things about the production quality of the book in some aspects that I would change. Little details that would make a big difference. When it came time to print the book I was following the advice of a publisher that didn’t turn out to be in my best interest – live and learn! There are a few items in the text that I would like to adjust as well.
5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding an illustrator to complete the work was the most difficult part of the journey in the early stages.
6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that I had much more to share with adoptive families than just my book! Often, there has seemed to be a greater purpose in the experience.
7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I have always written it seems. Short stories when I was younger, songs in my teenage years, and even a magazine column as a young adult.
8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I really enjoy being able to ‘get away’ when I read and favorite authors to me are the ones who write the books I can’t put down when I start. I love the recent books by fantasy author C.S. Friedman. The books show stark contrasts between good versus evil, and even the ‘bad guy’ has a conscience.
9. Tell us your latest news.
Recently after my book’s release I chose to separate from my publisher and took control, forming my own publishing company. It has been such a learning experience! It’s been a whirlwind around here trying to get books and publicity materials where they need to go. Every day is a new adventure!
10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I am grateful to be able to share a little of my story on the Tribute Books page! I hope that you will share about “Once Upon A Baby: A Tale of Adoption” with your LDS friends. Also, any fan of adoption is welcome to join our Facebook fan page, where we are always sharing about adoption. Quite frequently our posts are spiritual in nature. Thanks for your interest!
About the Book
An explanation of LDS (Latter-Day Saint) adoption geared towards children. This charming book follows a child from the Pre-existence, through the adoption process and introduces the concept of eternal families. This book is the perfect gift for adoptive families, the adopted child and birth parents alike.
Prices/Formats: $10.95 paperback
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Narrow Trail Publishing
Release Date: July 1, 2012
Buy Links: Amazon
About the Author
Shari Guess is a proud first-time children's book author and lives in rural North Texas where she is "Mom" to her beloved 9 year old adopted son, Garrett. Happily married to her husband Walter for going on 13 years they share their cabin-in-the-woods with a small herd of Great Danes and farm animals. Shari is currently a part-time real estate agent and property manager and prior to marriage worked for over a decade in the music business spanning Los Angeles to Nashville. She wore many hats as a journalist and publicist representing multiple recording artists, magazines and music publishing companies along with being a part-time performing artist and songwriter. Her hobbies include choral, Americana and rock music, martial arts, photography, travel and anything in the mountains.
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