I first met Carol when I was an indie author with CHINDI AUTHORS. We joined the RNA and recently I was invited to join her with https://www.facebook.com/ApricotPlots , a group of romance authors passionate about writing smart, fresh romance for the twenty-first century.
A mother and teacher, Carol also writes books for children and I chatted with her about her latest and, if you want to get ahead for “C” – (yes, I’m mentioning that word already), and buy a stocking filler for a child – then here you go! Tick it off your list.
I’ve read your lovely book, Carol, but for those who haven’t, please tell us a little about it:
Thank you for having me on your blog, Angela. Being a Friend at Christmas is the second in my Little Pup series of books – though each book can be read and enjoyed as a standalone story. In this book, Little Pup is looking forward to his first Christmas in his new home. But he remembers the dogs he has left behind in the shelter and wants them to have a happy Christmas too. He has a plan, but he needs Father Christmas’ help to make his wish come true.
It’s an absolute pleasure. I wish you all the best with your new publication xx
The book is aimed at under 7s, how have you made it appealing to its young audience?
The text is rhythmic and rhyming so children can anticipate words and phrases. The illustrations are bright and colourful. And the main characters, a puppy and a boy are relatable to young readers. I am a teacher, a mum of four (with three school-aged children) and a grandparent too, so I’ve had lots of help and guidance, in hopefully, getting it right.
As well as being able to discuss the thoughts, feelings and actions of the little pup in the story, at the end, readers are asked to think of their own Christmas wish. I like to write children’s books that can be shared and inspire a conversation as well as a smile.
I am certainly looking forward to sharing Being a Friend at Christmas with my five grandchildren over the festive period and wish you every success with it.
Thank you. I hope you all enjoy it. With the unusual year we are having, I released it a little early thinking parents and grandparents, like me, might want to be prepared and shop early.
At least, as Father Christmas has been in isolation in the North Pole all year, children can rest assured he’ll be fit and well come December!
About Being a Friend at Christmas (Little Pup book #2):
Little Pup’s looking forward to Christmas
and he knows just how lucky he’s been
because some dogs are still in shelters,
a warm home and best friend yet a dream.
Hoping a small gift of kindness,
will help them feel loved, not alone,
Little Pup has a wish that might come true,
when Father Christmas visits his home!
“A lovingly illustrated, and beautifully written, Christmas story you’ll want to share again and again!”
View the book trailer: https://youtu.be/q8Yhj7AfwPE
Purchase link: http://getbook.at/BAFAmazon
Also, by Carol Thomas:
Finding a Friend (Little Pup book #1).
When Little Pup finds himself at the shelter,
he doesn’t know quite what to do.
Big dogs all around, feeling lost and alone,
Little Pup needs a friend… but who?
“A delightfully written and wonderfully illustrated picture book, with a heart warming ‘tail’ of friendship.”
View the book trailer: https://youtu.be/66ypEpoNTd8
Purchase link: http://getbook.at/FAFAmazon
About the author:
Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children, guinea pig, two hamsters and lively Labrador. She has been a playgroup supervisor and has taught in primary schools for just over twenty years – but we don’t mention that as it makes her feel old!
To find out more about books by Carol Thomas: