Thursday, July 7, 2011

Freedom Giveaway Blog Hop Day 7 Author Sandra Stiles (Me)

Today is the Last Day of the Blog Hop - Enter By Midnight to Win

Today I am going to toot my own horn.  This is something I seem to have a little bit of trouble doing.  I had to work on my National Board Certification a second year because I missed passing by 9 points.  The problem??  I did a poor job of blowing my own horn.  So here we go.  As of May 2011 my book Steps to Courage was available on Amazon.  I did everything backwards.  I had decided to self publish when I obtained my agent Mary Jackson.  She encouraged me in my writing process.  The story behind my book is this.  On 9/11 I sat in my classroom with a group of sixth graders watching the events live on TV.  Our principal ordered our televisions to be left on all day.  A very distraught sixth grader asked me if there were kids like them in the Towers.  I didn't have an answer.  I tried to reassure my students that everything would be okay.  However, I didn't know if it would or not.  A year later my students wrote essays about how they had seen the world showing compassion through adversity after the events of 9/11.  They then created quilted wall hangings as a way of translating their thoughts and feelings into those wall hangings.  Something kept nagging at me.  I couldn't get that question out of my head about the possibility of kids being in the Towers.  I wondered what would happen if they found themselves in the Towers as the events unfolded.  I talked through the idea with my husband for several years.  Finally he handed me a legal pad and told me to stop talking about it and start writing it.  That is how my story came about.  I place three teens with previous problems in the Twin Towers while they worked on community service hours.  The rest of it is in the book.  To read the blurb and watch my trailer click here.  Then come back and sign up to win some fabulous book on the Freedom Giveaway Blog Hop.  Good Luck to all!  You have until midnight to enter.  I will choose winners using for each book Friday and I will notify the winners by email.  You will have 48 hours to contact me with your address or I will choose another winner for that book.

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