Q&A Thursday with Renee Sherkness

Today’s Interview is with Author Renee Sherkness!

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Why did you start writing and when did you decide to go professional?
I’ve always enjoyed writing since I was small: poems, letters, stories, but never thought to pursue it as a career.. Too impractical.. Instead I studied Biology and later Education and became an educator and later yoga instructor.  It was only after I remarried10 years ago and relocated to the country when I grew into my truer self so to speak and felt inspired enough to begin writing children stories professionally. Having found the right editor: Donna Ericson and great layout designer: Heather Paye my books come to fruition.
Our world today seems to be facing enormous challenges to keep our environment and “us” healthy.  Knowing my grandchildren will be the ones maneuvering through more of these challenges in the future it seemed the right time to “plant the seeds” and nurture healthy awareness in our young to help create a healthier world and a healthier us. Through my story books from my Nurturing Nature Collection: connecting “with care” to our world, I feel I have accomplished this.
My first book is: Stories That Come Alive Through Yoga. A fun, entertaining, instructional book where children and adults experience yoga with stories.   
My book out in the fall of 2011 is: The Day Mother Nature Decided To Paint Her House. A whimsical story of Mother Nature and the creation of autumn.
Coming in the spring 2012: Winston The Whale And The Blanket Of Darkness
It tells the tale of Winston, a humpback whale and the perils he must face because of the pollution contaminating his home.
All stories are from the Nurturing Nature Collection: connecting “with care” to our world. These books are a collection of fun, educational and entertaining stories that teach ways to create a healthier “us” and a healthier” world”.
All stories include a summary filled with educational information on the stories topic as well as a glossary and educational resources and web sites to educate and help our environment.
Do you read other author’s books when you’re writing? If so, do you read the same genre or something different?
I read constantly and surprisingly or not am a fan of mysteries and suspense… Give me a James Patterson book any day!!
What is the most difficult part of the entire writing process for you? Queries, pitches, editing..etc.
I have found the most difficult part on this writing journey has been the marketing of my books. I seem to be faced with, as many other unknown writers, the daunting task of getting my books out there and spreading the word of my books to as many people as I can and do so while trying to stay true to myself and my books.
AUTHOR’S BIO
Renee Sherkness attended Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science where she majored in Biology.  She earned her degree, Summa Cum Laude and her Academic Excellence Award for achievement in Early Childhood Education from Montgomery County Community College.
Renee went on to work in various schools with children as a teacher and administrator for over 18 years. She later became certified as a Yoga instructor for children.
Her passion for teaching, her deep love of nature and her respect for the environment are interests that are combined in her children’s stories. While her stories are educational and informative, they are written in a kid friendly manner meant to entertain children as well as awaken a child’s interest in nature and an awareness of the connection we all share with our environment.
Renee, wife, mother and now Grandmother, lives in Royersford, Pennsylvania with her husband, Joe and two dogs, Kiki and Maggie. Here she continues to enjoy writing children’s stories and continues to teach Yoga to children. 

Social media & Web links
Website for complete “Nurturing Nature” Collection and programs to extend your reading experience: http://reneesherkness.web.com/
Visit Home Education Magazine(HEM) and everythingmom.com for information on Nurturing Nature Collection of books
                                                                      
See Stories That Come Alive Through Yoga reviews at:www.yogawithjohn.com and
David Romanelli on www.LivinTheMoment.com
Purchase books in print and e book on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Borders.com, and apple I pad. Visit web site for more information: http://reneesherkness.webs.com/

Teaser Tuesday with Renee Sherkness

Today’s Teaser Tuesday is from Author Renee Sherkness!

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From Stories That Come Alive Through Yoga: Chapter 1:
We begin and end all of our yoga practices with the word Namaste. Broadly translated, it means: the heart in me honors the heart in you. What better way to begin this book!

If I had to convey the essence of this work in a few words, they would be: stories to nurture the mind, the body, and the spirit. It provides a way to express to children and their parents, grandparents, teachers, and fitness instructors (or anyone, for that matter, who interacts with children between the ages of four and eleven years old) how to nurture the mind, body, and spirit through yoga. As a tool, it can help adults connect to children with whom they interact. It can also serve as a great resource for kids and adults by assisting them with staying healthy while having FUN!

Through the practice of yoga, this book can help adults similar to myself—who often become bogged down with the mundane in their everyday existence—enter a child’s world for the purpose of adult and child experiencing a happier, healthier, and more balanced life. The “gift” shared is not only one that is fun and entertaining, but one that is certain to become a memory you and
your child will cherish for a long, long time. Namaste!
From The Day Mother Nature Decided To Paint Her House: Chapter 4
……Not wanting to waste any time, Father Time began opening the doors of the rooms to be painted. Over and over, they heard a loud CRASH!  Not realizing that Mother Nature had placed a paint can behind each door, Father Time had knocked over every can of paint in the house! Paint spilled out everywhere! Trickling down through the floorboards and over the sky, gobs of paint landed on every treetop on Earth.

Mother Nature and Father Time looked down at Earth, dumbfounded! What had they done!  They were afraid to keep looking. But their fear soon turned to excitement…Autumn was created.
From Winston The Whale And The Blanket Of Darkness: Chapter 1:
Winston the whale marveled at the beauty of the sinking sun as it blanketed his ocean home with its shimmering rays. No matter how many times he saw the sun set on his home he never tired of its sight. The day was ending and he popped his head above water one last time, completing an enjoyable round of spyhopping for his captive audience aboard the whale watching cruiser. He joined the other humpback whales that had gathered, and together they watched as the cruiser left their home, grower smaller and smaller as it headed back to port.
Social media & Web links
Website for complete “Nurturing Nature” Collection and programs to extend your reading experience: http://reneesherkness.web.com/
Visit Home Education Magazine(HEM) and everythingmom.com for information on Nurturing Nature Collection of books
                                                                      
See Stories That Come Alive Through Yoga reviews at:www.yogawithjohn.com and
David Romanelli on www.LivinTheMoment.com
Purchase books in print and e book on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Borders.com, and apple I pad. Visit web site for more information: http://reneesherkness.webs.com/