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/