Based on Sherri Sengsouvanna’s true story, Storm of Joy is a fairy tale that offers a message of hope for audiences of all ages. Set in the magical kingdom of Dashan, this children’s book is full of beautiful illustrations that chronicle the journey of the Queen as she experiences the death of her beloved son, the Prince. The Queen’s sadness over the death of the Prince is overwhelming at first and plunges the Queen into a state of deep sadness and depression. But one day, she suspends her disbelief long enough to trust her feelings and there she rediscovers the Prince in a new and amazing way! Join them on their magical journey as the Queen and the Prince reunite in the ultimate love story where everyone lives happily ever after. The Queen triumphs over the illusion of death and calls forth miracles in her own life now …anyway …anyhow …anywhere. This book is dedicated to children and individuals dealing with grief or adversity in life.
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Sherri Sengsouvanna whose book charmed me and my children from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love children books but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Sherri, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Sherri will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Sherri!
Sherri Sengsouvanna , is an Award Winning Author, Grief Mentor, Intuitive, Akashic Record Reader, Feng Shui Practitioner, Angelic Reiki Master, Spiritual Mentor and Founder of Dance With Todd, a Non-Profit Organization established in honor of her son Todd.
From an early age she enjoyed writing and telling stories. On February 7, 1993, her world was suddenly shattered when her only son Todd was struck by a car and killed instantly. She spent the next 20 years working through her own personal struggles with grief. In September 2013, Sherri experienced a profound life changing event that propelled her forward on her spiritual path: https://youtu.be/5KMO1CAI8HQ. As a result, she now embraces life with a sense of a deeper meaning and spiritual purpose, a journey filled with unwavering faith in all things seen and unseen, and a belief that we are all eternal souls having a human experience. In August 2014, Sherri founded a non-profit organization, Dance With Todd Inc, to help others who are facing adversity in life and develop affordable housing with holistic supportive services for the residents.
Sherri’s first published book, Storm of Joy, has earned multiple awards including the Readers Favorite Book Award in August 2017 https://readersfavorite.com/2017-award-contest-winners.htm and the 2017 Best Book Awards in the Children’s Mind/Body/Spirit category: http://www.americanbookfest.com/childrensbooks/mindbodyspirit.html.
Akashic Record Readings, Feng Shui Interior Design Services and Spiritual Development Coaching
Phone: (281) 638-7057 to schedule an appointment with Sherri
Connect with Sherri and Todd to follow our blog at www.DanceWithTodd.com or www.SherriSengsouvanna.com . You can find us on social media at www.facebook.com/parentsingrief/ or twitter.com/parentsingrief.
Now, how wonderful does Sherri sound?! Sherri is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Sherri’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Sherri, I hope that you enjoy Sherri’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
My son Todd inspired me to write the story of our lives as a fairy tale. He remains my biggest fan and source of inspiration more than 25 years after his death.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
We all have at least one book inside us just waiting for us to surrender to the process. I felt overwhelmed initially with the thought of writing a publishing a book but I soon discovered it was a series of little steps so just take the first step. Write the story about whatever you are passionate about. Do not edit the first draft. Just capture the words and be willing to be vulnerable with your readers. I always say this prayer to the Divine, “Please let my words be a reflection of God’s unconditional love. Help me to say what my readers need to hear and not what I need to say. And it is so. Thank you.”
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
Trust the process. The most important thing about a book is that you must love it, just as you would a child because it’s part of you and it will live on long after you are gone. So trust the process and don’t get in a hurry to publish the book until you have nurtured every word and every illustration. When it feels right you will know it. Only then is it time to pursue the publishing.
What is your writing process like?
My process starts with defining the main characters and developing a plot. From that space, I like to get out of my way and see what unfolds. Sometimes it’s really good stuff. Other days not so much. But the most important part of the writing process for me is to just show up and do it.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I’m a children’s author so the stories for me are not found in research but instead they come forward when I turn off technology and play my flute. That takes me into the magic of a child who just knows what they know without research or adult direction. It’s from this space that I will write my next book series to the children which will include several new characters including a talking tree, a flying flute, a wise old spider and more. These characters are are currently being developed to tell stories around the talking tree about the inner wisdom that all children have, the inner wisdom that resides in their hearts, the inner wisdom that comes from a Divine Creator, the inner wisdom to remember that we are all connected, and the inner wisdom to know the Universe will always provide what we need if we just remember who we are and how we need to ask for support.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
I have made a commitment to set aside time each week to write. It doesn’t matter what I write. It could be a blog or work towards my next book but I find that having a time set aside each week helps me to stay focused on deliverables. Fridays are my writing days. It’s a great way to end my week!
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I like to read a variety of books ranging from self-help to science fiction to children’s books. The mysteries of the universe really intrigue me. I have many favorite authors but Dr. Suess and Dr. Masaru Emoto rate right up there at the top for me.
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
I’m planning to publish my next children’s book in 2019 complete with my latest characters, the talking tree, flying flute and wise old spider. I can’t wait to see what they all have to say to the children!
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Sherri! If you have liked what you have read about Sherri and are interested in learning more about Sherri and reading Sherri’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,