Monday, November 3, 2014

WELCOME DONNA MCDINE, CHILDREN'S AUTHOR

Monday Musings
Did everyone remember to fall back in the fall? I like this one, but not the spring ahead one. An extra hour of sleep is always welcome. And speaking of welcome, please welcome Award Winning Author Donna McDine to my blog today. Donna and I have been cyber friends for quite awhile. She has a very informative newsletter every month. She writes delightful stories for young readers. And I'm honored that she's visiting with us today. Here's Donna to tell us about her latest book.
 
 
The Inspiration Behind A Sandy Grave by Donna McDine
 



Story ideas come to me in different ways… my imagination, daily life, news articles, and movies. Yes, I carry a small notebook and pen with me at all times for those wonderful times of eavesdropping and jotting down dialogue. Especially when it comes to little ones and teenagers. What better way to stay authentic to writing for children than from their own words?
 
Beyond the enjoyment of a beach vacation I never gave much thought to marine life. Sure we’ve gone on the typical whale or dolphin watching tours and were always delighted to see these creatures come up out of the ocean. But I never truly paid attention to what some humans do to marine life, until the day I read a news article about a dead whale that washed up on shore of a California beach. What fascinated me about this article was the police needed to guard the whale, until the local marine biology institute could arrive to determine what the whale died from. The reasoning for guarding astounded me. Apparently, poachers would take the opportunity to steal the whale’s teeth to sell for artists to create scrimshaw on the teeth and then sell for a profit.
 
This particular article pumped up my creative writing juices and before I knew it, I was researching marine biology, Endangered Species Act, and the Mammal Protection Act.  Then came the creation of the fictional storyline and characters. Once I knew how I wanted the characters to be instrumental in propelling the story along with my research, the two blended into a beach adventure with a learning aspect without preaching to the reader. Hence, A Sandy Grave was born. The title was created from points in the article and research.
 
Through my writing and research of topics I find interesting, I often learn something along the way too. Making school and library visits more engaging with youngsters. Inspiration is everywhere, as long as we keep our eyes and ears tuned into our daily life. You will be certainly surprised what you can learn along the way.
 
Thank you for hosting me today. I enjoyed showing a glimpse behind the scenes of A Sandy Grave.
 
Beverly, I invite your visitors to stop by my blog and learn about the exciting opportunity to enter at a chance to win a Fire HD 6 Table - 6" HD Display, Wi-Fi, Front and Rear Cameras, 8 GB – details… www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com.

It's been my pleasure, Donna. What a fascinating story behind the story. The things some people do for money is amazing. Thanks for sharing your story with us. I bet students find your work interesting and are eager to learn more. The cover is just perfect too.  And I'm going to enter your giveaway.
 

Bio: Multi award-winning children’s author, Donna McDine’s creative side laid dormant for many years until her desire to write sparked in 2007. With four early reader children’s picture books to her credit, A Sandy Grave (January 2014), Powder Monkey (May 2013), Hockey Agony (January 2013) and The Golden Pathway (August 2010) and a fifth book in the publishing pipeline with Guardian Angel Publishing her adventures continue as she ignites the curiosity of children through reading. She writes and moms from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, New York State Reading Association and Family Reading Partnership.
 
Thanks again, Donna, for visiting with us.
Happy Reading

21 comments:

  1. Extra hour of sleep is welcome indeed.

    Always great to learn something along the way.

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    1. Hi Pat,

      Thanks for dropping by and visiting. I love the gain of one hour of sleep. Makes for an extra lovely Sunday!

      Best,
      Donna

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    2. They say we're never too old to learn, Pat. :)

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  2. Hi Bev,

    Thanks for hosting me today. It's always a pleasure to visit.

    Best,
    Donna

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    1. The pleasure is all mine, Donna. Your books are so colorful and they always tell the reader something interesting and we learn whether we know it or not. :)

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  3. I so agree, Beverly. The extra hour of sleep is awesome. I also am not a fan of the "Spring Ahead" time change. There aren't enough hours in the day as it is. Donna, as always, you are an amazing author and inspiration. The kid lit world is lucky to have you:)

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    1. Hi Karin,

      Thanks for stopping by and for your warm words of support. I appreciate your time and interest. I especially did not like the time change when my children were toddlers. Totally threw off their schedules. Now they can sleep anywhere anytime without a problem now that they are teenagers!

      Best,
      Donna

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    2. I totally agree with everything you said, Karin. You and I think alike, it seems. :)

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  4. Congratulations, Donna!
    Shame there are poachers everywhere these days.
    And 'Fall Back' is awesome. I like my sleep.

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    1. I had no idea that poachers continue to be such a problem. Yippee on extra sleep!

      Best,
      Donna

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    2. Another like for fallback in the fall, Alex.

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  5. That's a really interesting source for a story! Amazes me sometimes what people will do :) But great post and best of luck, Donna!

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    1. Hi Meradeth,

      Glad you enjoyed my post. It's scary what some people will do for a buck. Thanks for dropping by, much appreciated!

      Best,
      Donna

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    2. I was surprised, Meradeth. I didn't know how much poaching is going on.

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  6. I'm not a fan of this time change. I like spring's better.

    Congrats on the publication, Donna. I love to hear the story behind the story. Best wishes.

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    1. The only thing I dislike about this time change, Kai, is that it gets dark now so early in the evening.

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    2. Thanks Kai! I'm glad you stopped by and enjoyed my guest post! Best, Donna

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  7. It's always much better if a book idea comes from somewhere deep inside and follows your passion - as this one obviously did for you. Good luck, Donna!

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    1. Hi Lexa,

      Thanks for stopping by and for your vote of confidence. Lovely to meet you!

      Best,
      Donna

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    2. Donna's books are so lovely, Lexa. I'm looking forward to reading this one and another one I've missed.

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    3. Hi Beverly,

      Awww, thanks for hosting me and supporting me in my writing career! Much appreciated!

      Best,
      Donna

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