Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a mother of four and a
grandmother of nine. I have written three published children’s books, as well
as four published musical plays for elementary school children. I will have a
fourth children’s book released at the end of this year. A former teacher, I have had varied careers
including Varsity Coach, professional Newspaper Sports Photographer and
Columnist, Dinner Theatre Company Stage
Manager, Talent Manager, and Business Administrator. My husband and I
celebrated our 51th wedding anniversary in June! We are now retired, and we travel in our RV
from the east coast to the west coast each year to spend time with our children
and grandchildren... sharing my books along the way!
Describe your book ‘Peter and the Whimper-Whineys’ in 30 words or less.
Peter and the Whimper-Whineys helps parents cope
with whining, disguised as a fun story. Peter is a rabbit who whines all the
time, and might have to join the Whimper-Whineys.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The story is one that my mother told to me and my
family, as well as to her many students throughout her long career as an
elementary school teacher. Since my
forte (and joy) seems to be writing in rhyme, I wanted to capture the story but
make it into a rhymed version for children to enjoy. It was difficult to write
it in meter and rhyme (with quite a few variations on her story), yet stay true
to the story she told to her fascinated listeners. She was delighted with my
rhymed version, and the book is dedicated to her.
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
All the Dr. Seuss books,
especially Horton Hatches the Egg and The Cat in the Hat. I also love poetry, especially Sara Teasdale
and Emily Dickinson. I love rhyme and meter.
Briefly share with us what you do to market your
Other than the obvious use of BookBuzzr, with its
accompanying Freado and free-book giveaways, all of which seem to have
increased my sales, I also use many other virtual marketing opportunities: My
website and blog, (www.sherrillcannon.com) Facebook Fan Page,
(http://tinyurl.com/Author-Sherrill-S-Cannon) Goodreads, Goodreads Ads,
GoogleAds, Twitter, Twuffer, Book Hitch, Red Room, January Magazine, Published…
I also have entered lots of contests.
Peter and the Whimper-Whineys is a Reader’s Favorite Finalist.
How do you spend your time when you are not
Most of it I
spend on the computer, marketing or interacting with friends. My husband and I like to go “rving” which is
camping with a “house” instead of a tent! With nine grandchildren, I also enjoy
spending time with family. I also love to read.
What are you working on next?
My next rhyming children’s book, Gimme Jimmy, will
be published in early 2012. It is a
story about a greedy little boy who needs to learn his manners. As with most of my books, consideration for
others is stressed.