Learn More about Author Taraya Turner

A film that brings tears to your eyes . . . 
My Sister’s Keeper

 
Describe your first kiss.

My first kiss was with my cousin’s friend. I was eating cheeto puffs when I was 7 years old and his friend’s name was Tony. Tony flipped me on the couch and gave me a peck on the lips.

 

Your favorite children’s book, and why . . .

My favorite childhood book was Green Eggs and Ham because I used to love to read it out loud. I read it with such enthusiasm that everyone wanted me to read it to them. It was like I was putting on a show.
 
A cause that’s closest to your heart, and why . . .
Cancer is the saddest disease in the world to me. It takes innocent lives every day which is sad. My grandmother is a breast cancer surviver.
 
If you could be a character in any novel, who would you be and why?
I would be Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter. I say Ginny because she’s a excellent wizard and she lives in this fantasy world. Ginny is surrounded by her wizard family which would be cool.
 
Explain the worst job that you’ve held. 

I worked at a packaging company for one day. It was terrible we only had three breaks, two of those are five minutes for the bathroom and thirty minutes for lunch. Also I was in the assembly line there standing for nine hours.
 
A quote that motivates you . . .  
“No Regrets, Just Lessons Learned” that is the saying I live by. I make plenty of mistakes but I cannot take them back. I just live with it and learn from it.
 
Three Wishes . . .
I wish I were rich, married to Leonardo Dicaprio, and lived in Japan.

 

The title of that one song you would take with you on that deserted island. . .

Radioactive

 

Favorite game you played as a child . . .

Hide and seek in the dark
 
 
What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
Take that I am a different individual with an amazing personality. My writing reflects the person I am, and all I can be is me.

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Learn More about Author Austin McEwen

A film that brings tears to your eyes . . . 

Where the Red Fern Grows
Describe your first kiss.
My first kiss was more of a peck then a kiss so imagine a bird pecking at a tree.  
Your favorite children’s book, and why . . .
… Harry Potter

A cause that’s closest to your heart, and why . . .
Kids because they are just starting out and have no clue what a big scary world is really out there.
If you could be a character in any novel, who would you be and why?
Percy Jackson from the lighting thief because to be a demigod would be amazing to have all that power when you need to use the powers to keep people safe
Explain the worst job that you’ve held. 

McDonald’s nastiest place on earth

A quote that motivates you . . .  
Get rich or die trying

The title of the one song you would take with you on that deserted island . . . 
Juice

Three Wishes

My first wish is money, second wish is to be a pro athlete and my third wish would be for more wishes.

Favorite game you played as a child . . .

baseball and hockey

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
I want them to be able to put themselves in the reading

Learn More about Author Anene Tressler

A film that brings tears to your eyes . . . Cinema Paradiso

Describe your first kiss…
  A very nervous and emotional affair; I was certain I looked different afterwards.

Your favorite children’s book, and why . . .
King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry—a lovely story about a horse…and I was mad for horses as a child.

A cause that’s closest to your heart, and why . . .
Animal rights. Because I cannot bear the ideas that animals suffer —often because of our actions or greed—and have no recourse The senseless suffering we often inflict on animals is a source of shame and grief for me.

If you could be a character in any novel, who would you be?
Any of Dumas’ Three Musketeers (I’m a fool for derring-do); Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series (she’s smart, she has lots of adventures and she knows magic, too)

Explain the worst job that you’ve held…
I once worked in a hospital department that  helped physicians write up their research. Everything about that job was wrong…from my micromanaging boss to the people I dealt with.

A quote that motivates you . . .
“Without fear, there is no courage.” I’ve seen that quote referenced a lot, but I’m not sure who said it originally.

The title of the one song you would take with you to that deserted island . . . Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1… or, with lyrics, any of a number of Leonard Cohen songs.

Three Wishes

   1. World peace (I may sound like Miss America there), but just imagine what it would be like
   2. More wishes
   3. The wisdom to choose those wishes well.

Favorite game you played as a child . . .
Hide and Seek. It scared me….especially when I hid so well I couldn’t be found.

Anene Tressler

Harry Potter Meets the Girl Scouts*

     One knows he/she has a friend for life when one can simply sign the friend up for an activity/duty/donation, and tell him/her about it later.  The friend in question does not pop a blood vessel when hearing of the news, but instead simply replies with, “Okay, how much do I need to bring? . . .  What time is the coach’s meeting? . . . [or]  How long do I have to prepare?”  Thus, it was inevitable my friend and I determined leading a Girl Scout Troop (technically Daisy Troop) was the logical next step in the progression of our relationship.  Having already completed PreK VBS leadership together, pee-wee soccer coaching, as well as starting a few book clubs, we knew our relationship was built on a solid foundation (Dr. Phil would be proud!).  With the decision having been made, we decided to sign our soon-to-be-kindergartners up for Camp Muggles, Magic, and Mayhem, a Harry Potter-themed evening camp hosted by Service Unit 110.
     The official description for the camp reads as follows:
Join us at the Highland Hogwart’s Academy for the “wizarding” world of Girl Scouts.  Have you ever wanted to participate in a Quidditch match?  Well, jump on your broomstick and head on down for some Harry Potter excitement.  Girls will have Quidditch lessons with Madame Hooch, scavenger hunts to locate the 7 horcruxes hidden around camp, experiment  with Science & Potions with Professor Snape, create SWAPS in Diagon Alley and learn astronomy with Professor Sinistra.  We will enjoy refreshments like Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans and more as well as some twilight star gazing.
     Recruiting more friends, another soon-to-be kindergartner and her mother, we all piled in the car

We’re going on a Girl Scout Camp hunt . . .

and headed to our first official Girl Scout Camp in heat advisory weather.  The timing of the camp, 5:15- 9:00 p.m., was ideal considering the 90 degree plus temperature, and as an added bonus, encouraged “students” to sleep late the mornings following camp.
     Safety first, a multi-layer security plan was put in place in order to check campers in and out which put parents and guardians at ease, a reassuring start.  Without further ado, though, I think the joy on the girls’ faces below as well as the authentic adult participation speaks volumes.  Looking forward to Girl Scout Camp in Highland next year . . .  Scout’s Honor!

Campers run through a wall to arrive at Platform 9 3/4 where they eventually meet Albus Dumbledore, the Headmaster of Hogwarts.
 
The sorting hat ceremony determines which house each “student” belongs.  Professor Trelawny looks on.
The Fat Lady, a portrait who guards Gryffindor Tower at Hogwarts Castle, assists “students” with the scavenger hunt. 
Snack Time at The Leaky Cauldron

 Quidditch

 *A special thank you to my partner-in-crime, Sarah, whom is my Harry Potter expert.