Friday, December 5, 2014

Special Christmas Interview with Author Sheri Fink

1. What is your favorite Christmas movie? Is there a reason/tradition behind your pick?

My favorite Christmas movie is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. It's the one tradition I have with my Dad. We watch it together every year when I visit for the holidays.

2. If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be??? (Significant others not allowed!)

Henry Cavill ... while he's dressed as Superman ;)

3. What was the best, and worst, Christmas you ever had?

I always enjoy Christmas and I feel like my best one is yet to come. :)

My worst Christmas was when I was in 8th grade and my parents had just divorced. I was living in a small apartment with my Mom and sister and we were barely getting by. My Mom did her best to make it special on restricted resources, but it was a difficult season for us all. I'm grateful that we at least had each other while we were going through the transition.

4. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?

I love the feeling of Christmas ... the decorations, the music, the special desserts, spending time with family, and the celebrations. I often travel to my hometown and spend the holidays with my family. My Mom beautifully decorates her entire house (literally!) and it always smells delicious from her homemade goodies. It's an immersive Christmas environment and I love it! She gets so excited to have my sister and I home with her to share that time together. The way my Mom lights up during that time of year is my favorite thing about Christmas.

5. Which character that you've written loves Christmas the most? Worst? Why?

The Little Gnome loves Christmas the most because he's enamored by the candy-colored lights and good cheer all around. He's also the only character in The Whimsical World of Sheri Fink who's experienced winter and everything that comes with it. :)

Thanks, Sheri!

Sheri Fink is a #1 best-selling, award-winning children's author, creator of "The Whimsical World of Sheri Fink" children's brand, and an international speaker. Sheri writes books that inspire and delight children while planting seeds of self-esteem. Her children's book series recently received the Gold Mom's Choice Award for excellence in family friendly entertainment. In 2013, Sheri was selected by CBS Los Angeles as one of the top 3 authors in her local area, a distinction she shares with Dean Koontz.

Her first children's book, The Little Rose, is an enchanting story about a rose growing in a weedbed who learns to accept and love herself despite her differences. The Little Rose was a #1 best-seller on Amazon for over 60 weeks, became the #1 top-rated ebook on Amazon, and received a gold medal in the 2012 Readers Favorite International Book Awards. 

Her second inspirational children's book, The Little Gnome, was published in March 2012 and debuted at #1 on the Amazon best-seller list. Set in a Victorian garden, The Little Gnome is a heartwarming tale about an adorable garden gnome experiencing the wonder of the four seasons for the first time. The story helps kids of all ages embrace change while learning about the seasons.

Sheri's third children's book, Exploring the Garden with the Little Rose, debuted on the Amazon best-seller list in October 2012 and takes 2-5 year-olds on an educational adventure learning the alphabet and identifying the plants and animals of the garden while exploring our natural world alongside the Little Rose.

The Little Firefly is Sheri's fourth children's book and reached #1 on the Amazon best-seller list 18 days prior to release on March 22, 2013. The Little Firefly is a charming story about a late-blooming firefly who can't wait to be all grown up. The heartwarming tale helps kids learn about love, friendship, and acceptance.

Sheri's children's books have won numerous literary honors, including the esteemed Mom's Choice Awards® Gold Medallion, a B.R.A.G. Medallion Award®, a KART Kids Book List Award®, and 3 Gold Medals in the Reader's Favorite International Book Awards®.

In 2011 and 2012, Sheri was selected as one of the top "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading." She is featured in several inspirational non-fiction books, including three international best-sellers, "Self-Esteem Doesn't Come in a Bottle" by Kelly Falardeau, "Dare to Dream: This Life Counts" by Debbi Dachinger, and "1,000 Tips for Teenagers" by Kelly Falardeau and Martin Presse. 

Sheri is a proud supporter of organizations that make a difference in the lives of children, especially Reading Is Fundamental and the Girl Scouts of America.

In addition, she is a founding member of the Evolutionary Business Council, an international, invitation-only council of speakers and influencers dedicated to teaching the principles of success in order to make the world a better place, and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). 

Sheri lives in beautiful Southern California.

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