In today’s post we take a look at Heather Paye’s first published novel, “A Gift From Above”.
Paperback: 212 pages
Publication Date: March 1, 2009
Book Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
Related Categories: Juvenile Fiction / Family / New Baby
Celia Meyers gets everything that she wants, but when she requests a sibling and gets it, it's not all that she expected at all. Her parents ignore her and threaten to send her to a "summer camp", and the worst possible things happen to her all of the time. Finally she can't take it anymore, so she confides in her best friend Tommy Hanson about searching for her long-lost nanny Milicent Potter. But when she finds Millie, she learns some disturbing facts that she's not quite sure what to do with.
Celia visits with Tommy and discovers his true feelings towards her. At the ending Celia becomes somewhat of a hero as she saves a young boy in a car accident.
The book starts out when she is 8 and progresses through her life until she is 16.
Heather, what motivated you to write a children’s book?
I know I decided right off that writing something that I enjoy reading would be the best way to go. And that’s basically what I did – I mean do. I write what I like. You can really see how my styles change in the books that I write. Other than that, J.K.Rowling is definitely my role model for writing, and writing a children’s book.
What message or what did you hope to accomplish in your book?
I just wanted to capture how siblings feel towards each other, as well as give parents a glimpse as to what it’s like for the kids, what’s going through their minds, etc. The main message that I had was that there are a lot of kids that are older and they find out that they are going to have another sibling, they automatically think, yay, someone to play with. But, it’s not like that at all, they are very annoying and time consuming, and it is as frustrating as it gets – that is, when things don’t turn out how you expect them to, and there isn’t anything you can do about it. All of the chaos caused by a new sibling does have its unexpected rewards, and I wanted to get that message across too.
Is there anything else about your book that you’d care to add?
I think all of the characters are unique characters that anyone can really relate to in one way or another, and all of them come from different parts of the world, they have different backgrounds but they all come together in this story. I really like that about this story, the characters almost speak for themselves.
A review of ““A Gift From Above”:
“IN READING THIS BOOK IT WAS VERY INTERESTING. IT WAS HARD TO PUT THIS BOOK DOWN WITHOUT PROCEEDING FURTHER. I FOUND THIS READING MATERIAL VERY CLOSE TO THE HEART READING. IT IS A BOOK I WOULD RECOMMEND FOR ALL THE GENERAL PUBLIC. THIS YOUNG WRITER I FEEL WILL GO VERY FAR IN WRITING MORE BOOKS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.” By Joyce L. Paclik
Please check out Heather Paye’s book. You’ll be glad that you did, I’m sure.
Where to find Heather’s book: Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Gift-Above-H-Paye/dp/1441498389/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1246045655&sr=8-1
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/A-Gift-From-Above/dp/B002BA5VTM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1246045655&sr=8-3
Thank you for being my guest this week, Heather. It has been a pleasure getting to know more about you.