Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Bewitching Book Tours Presents Spunky by Sherile Reilly

By Sherile Reilly
A Bandit Creek Book

Tap dancing and riding her dilapidated bike are ten-year old Sarah Crawford’s, better known as Spunky, favorite activities.
After moving to Bandit Creek with her mom, Spunky discovers the old lady in the basement apartment dislikes both her and her dancing. While practising her tap steps in the garage, Spunky devises a wonderful scheme to raise cash for a new bike.
However, disaster strikes when she is accused of theft and her great money-making plan is squashed. Just when Spunky thinks that Bandit Creek is a horrible place to live, she’s forced to defend her beliefs and her whole world changes. She discovers the town may be more exciting than she ever realized.

Let's take a moment to get to know our featured author of the day...

SM: What inspired you to write your first book?

I read a Judith Duncan novel and loved her characters. The emotion in her books was great.

SM: How did you come up with the title?

The title, Spunky, is also the character’s nickname. It defines her personality.

SM: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Spunky, the protagonist in my children’s novel, is a person who never stops trying. She’s full of energy and enthusiasm. I admire people who continue to try despite the odds.

SM: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Mrs. Snodgrass who rents the basement suite was loosely based on a tenant who felt she owned the house and was very crabby with the tenant in the suite above. In my novel, Spunky, the part about the two furnaces is actually based on a basement where the suite could be accessed by squeezing between the wall and the furnaces. I actually discovered it and nobody else seemed to know about the entrance through the closet. Years later, I imagined Spunky finding such a location and what might happen.

SM: What books have most influenced your life?

The children’s books that influenced my writing most were the Enid Blyton adventure series. I loved the characters. They had lots of adventures and the settings were exciting—ancient castles, hidden passages and caves.

SM: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

There is not one person, but many people and two writing groups. ARWA (Alberta Romance Writers’ Association) and CaRWA  (Calgary association of the Romance Writers of America) have both been wonderful groups for teaching and inspiration.

SM: What book are you reading now?

I just finished a historical novel about Sir Wilfrid Laurier who was Canada’s Prime Minister at the time of Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee. I love reading and there’s hardly a day when I don’t read one book or many.    

SM: What are your current projects?

I’m working on another children’s book, Greg and the Barbarian.

SM: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

The story is about the conflict between two eleven-year-old boys. Here’s a little about the story:
Raised in a loving home, Greg Hutchings can’t figure out why any little comment sends the Barbarian into orbit. Fred Fairweather, aka the Barbarian, struggles with being in a new school and the recent loss of his mother.

SM: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I’m delighted that people choose to read my book. I hope they feel for the characters and enjoy reading about them as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing them to life. I also hope that if an adult is reading this interview, they download my book for a child to read. 

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit the Seraphine Muse today, Ms. Reilly. I wish you all the luck and success with this charming story. 

If you'd like to purchase Spunky, then head on over to Amazon and grab your copy today!


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