Laura Camby McCaskill kindly sends us this blog article on behalf of her mother, Judy Camby, author of A Collection of Love. Laura is also an iUniverse author, having written Her Keepers and Fallow.
Please briefly describe A Collection of Love . . .
A Collection of Love is a collection of three stories my mother wrote on her children’s life lessons. Sunshine revolves around an egg my brother and sister found and hatch. “Gail Can Cook” is about the first time my sister cooked all by herself. And “Laura and the Dr.” is the story of how I went through surgery.
Can you describe any particular literary influences?
My mother had an array of influences, there were many books read both to myself and my siblings. I think her greater influence however, was her children. That was her main subject on most of her stories.
What inspired you mother to write her book?
What is the one message your mother wanted to convey to her readers?
I believe my mother had a few messages to children. Enjoy life, try something new, don’t be afraid, and love one another.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned?
There are several story times scheduled with Barnes & Noble here locally in Asheville, along with schools, libraries, children’s homes, and much more. My mother’s first work, Mr. Book’s Story, can be found in most local elementary schools, some libraries, and children’s homes here in Asheville. Mr. Book’s Story can also be found in the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Salt Lake City, Utah and Erie PA. A Collection of Love will hopefully be joining them soon.
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with iUniverse?
Bringing my mother’s dreams to life.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
As far back as I can remember, my mother worked hard and diligently to get one of her books published. She was turned down in every direction. Mr. Book’s Story was published in 2008 as a surprise birthday present for her. It was truly amazing to see her turn the pages of her published work for the first time. Unfortunately, by then my mother was too sick to market her work or to do many book signings; but even then she never gave up. She passed in November of 2010 but she lives on through her work. A Collection of Love is a tribute to her diligence, hard work, skill, and dedication. She never won awards, or had a giant book signing, but she won the hearts of children. And even though she isn’t here today, she’s still winning their hearts through her work. Be strong, be persistent, but most of all be kind. Never give up.