New Books – “Gnomeling”

In case you haven’t heard already, I am so happy to announce the releases of my new children’s books! “Gnomeling, The Tales of Christian Tompta, Book 1” was released on March 31, and “Gnomeling, The Companion Coloring and Activity Book” was released on April 3. Both are currently available on Amazon.

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“Gnomeling: The Tales of Christian Tompta, Book 1” – https://www.amazon.com/Gnomeling-Tales-Christian-Tompta-Book/dp/1946813001/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491267905&sr=8-1&keywords=Gnomeling

“Gnomeling: The Companion Coloring and Activity Book” – https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946813052/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1491267905&sr=8-2&keywords=Gnomeling

I will be offering them locally (Dayton) at an indie author book sale at the Storybrooke Cafe in Englewood Ohio on May 20, from 11am – 2pm. Invite your friends and come enjoy a cup of coffee as you peruse the books!

An Interview

Hello friends!

To begin, I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year – I hope it’s a year to make your dreams happen.

Recently I was asked by a fellow NaNoWriMo winner to answer a few questions about myself, so here goes…

Do you have a gnome collection? Tell us about the gnomes you love?

I have quite a large collection. As a matter of fact, my daughter just commented on that fact yesterday! I really only like cute gnomes, especially the new ones out now that don’t have faces but are very soft. And I also love socks, so of course my gnome socks are my favorite. My daughter and I are going to attempt to make a few gnomes this year as our annual Christmas craft-to add to our Christmas ensemble. Here are a few of photos of my collection; the painting in the back I recently painted with friends at Pinot’s Pallette and the hat I recently knitted for my “Storyteller Adventures.”

I looked at your Amazon author page. Tell us all of the degrees you have. 

I have an Associate’s Degree in Business Management and Travel, a Diploma in Children’s Literature from the Institute of Children’s Literature, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities with a minor in English Literature. I’d also say I have a Master’s Degree from life experience in Humanity. LOL.

What were your favorite classes?

I went to college seven times and took many eclectic classes. The ones that stick out are Creative Writing, Bodybuilding (which I don’t do), French, Economics with Keynes “Downward Spiral” theory, Medieval Literature i.e. Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales,” Ballet (which I was told not to do), and my history classes. If I ever get more time, I am going to be taking some of the MIT free online classes – just for fun.

Thanks, Kyle, for checking in!

Top 10 Gnome Foods

Now that I am full blown into my Christian Tompta books, I posted this on social media last week and thought it might be fun to have a look at here.

1. Parsley Dumpling Soup
2. Lavender Cookies
3. Dandelion Leaves and Flowers
4. Clover Tea
5. Cinnamon Barley
6. Dragon’s Mouth Tea
7. Sweet Vanilla Cake
8. Oatmeal
9. Mushrooms
10. Rosemary Buns

Gnome Love

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Today I built the “Gnome and Friends” Facebook page. Why? Because there needs to be a place where people who love cute and friendly gnomes could get together and celebrate them.

Do you know what an otaku is? It’s a person obsessed by something. I learned the term from my daughter who is a Manga otaku. I guess everyone has something they are obsessed by, eh? For some it is their business and making money, for others is it about being popular and/or the center of attention. Even more people are obsessed by some sort of fashion, or collection, or music, or movies, or cars, or food, or exercise, etc.

An introspective person evolves and changes throughout their lifetime. I don’t mean with some platitude about trying to improve. I mean that an introspective person really gets to know their inner self. They are honest in their questioning, but more so in their answers. It can be scary to ask yourself deep questions, but nobody besides God needs to know what you say to yourself. I believe it is very important to find out who you are…on the inside.

I really love that in Scandinavian folklore gnomes are considered guardian spirits. The idea of having someone watching over my shoulder to look out for me reassures me – even if they only stand seven inches tall. Plus, they are just too cute.

Today I own that I am a Gnome Otaku.

Peace.