#EdmundPickleChin,ADonkeyRescueStory Post Two

Edmund and 'Buddy' Lambert

Edmund and ‘Buddy’ Lambert

Hi Friends!

Today we have a guest! I am so excited because it is Susan April Elwood, my coauthor of my second picture book, “Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story!” So without further ado here she is! Susan, take it away.

I am thrilled to be the co-author of a wonderful story, “Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story,” with my friend and author, Clara Bowman-Jahn. I have double the reason to feel overjoyed. My love for children and reading has been combined with my love for animals in this delightful picture book.

Clara and I met when our now-grown sons were just boys and I was still living in Virginia. Since then, I have moved to Georgia where I am now pursuing my life-long dream, a non-profit animal rescue and sanctuary called Evermay Farm.

Thanks to the Internet, Clara and I became reacquainted after many years. That’s when the magic began to unfold. Clara mentioned possibly writing a story to help me raise funds for Evermay Farm as we are always in need of donations to support our growing menagerie of rescue animals. I knew immediately that Edmund, my first rescue, would be the perfect inspiration for the story.

Over many months, Clara and I worked long-distance, writing and rewriting until we could finally find the right words to express Edmund’s story. With her experience in the publishing world, Clara knew I had a great story to tell and she pushed me to dig deep to remember the details that would bring Edmund’s story to life.

It was important for us to do justice to Edmund’s heart-warming inspirational tale. Edmund had come to Evermay as a shy, scared donkey. He had been mistreated early in his life and was afraid of everyone and everything. It took a lot of time, patience and some singing on my part, but eventually the shy donkey began to gain confidence and be less withdrawn. In time, he found his place on the farm and his true purpose in life – as the ambassador who graciously welcomes each new rescue who arrives at Evermay Farm.

With Clara’s skill as a writer, the thoughtful critique from her writers’ groups and my experience of living the real-life story here on the farm, I think we’ve captured the essence of this amazing donkey and managed to tell a compelling story of triumph over adversity.

My hope is that when children read Edmund’s story, they will absorb the message that we each have a purpose in life and that treating others with compassion and patience can be life changing for everyone involved.

A book is not that just work of a single author or co-authors. It’s the end result of dozens of people who generously contribute to the process, from friends who read and comment on each draft of the manuscript, to the illustrator, editors and publisher who add their finishing touches. Even the teachers and parents who will eventually read and discuss the story with children have an important role to play. There are many links in the chain that helped bring, “Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story,” to reality. I am grateful to each and every one of them.

For more information on Evermay Farm go to www.evermayfarm.org ; and for watching in real time what is happening to the book go to Edmund-Pickle-Chin-A-Donkey-Rescue-Story’s Face Book page and *like* it!

Susan's author photo

Susan’s author photo

It is here! Our book is here! We are so excited! Check out the publication page. You can buy it  here.



Kisses and Hugs to you dear friends!

(c) 2014  Susan April Elwood

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My Editor, Christy Caughie worked so hard getting done right before Easter weekend. We are so grateful for her hard work. And we love the end result. It’s perfect! WE ARE SO EXCITED!!





I hope you love it as much as we do! :)



I’ll be here Tuesday with a great post by Susan April Elwood, my  coauthor!


(c) 2014 Clara Bowman-Jahn Aka Clarike Bowman-Jahn

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Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story Post one

Hi Friends!

EDMUND saying *YaY!*

EDMUND saying *YaY!*

It is getting near the time when my second picture book, Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story, will be coming out. The last I heard it was to be released on April 18th 2014, and that is this Friday!! And just the other night Susan Elwood my coauthor and I did the line edits. So even though it may not come out that specific day, maybe we will be surprised!

I wanted you to be looking for it. eTreasurespublishing is the publishing house. Please  buy one of my books from their web-site. We get a lot better royalty rate when it’s done like that.

Edmund Pickle Chin is about an abused donkey that learns to trust his caregiver Susan and help out on the farm. And the caregiver turns out to be my coauthor. Her name is Susan April Elwood and without her I would not have had the idea to turn the story she was telling me about Edmund into a picture book. And of course she continually fed me the material I needed for a children’s story. Lynne Bendoly is the illustrator and we were able to see each picture as she worked on it. Having this close collaboration is something you don’t get from the big publishers. My second picture book, Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story, is in its final formatting and editing stage, with Christy Caughie, the children’s books editor, through my publisher eTreasurespublishing.  

I have had to good fortune to belong to Julie Hedlund’s 12x12x13 last year and finished four manuscripts. One of which I submitted to eTreasurespublishing and got accepted. *YaY!* Yes, as some of you authors know sometimes when publishing with a small press it isn’t as easy as just submitting and forgetting about it till time to market.

As my readers know I am writing on a bigger project now and have not joined for this year because my hands are full. I plan on writing my memoir in six months and hope to have 60,000 words done by June.

How does one write in two genres? Sometimes it is very difficult. And I make mistakes. I sent in the Benediction for the Dedication. To the children’s editor!! I wasn’t half as horrified as Susan, my co author. It is very normal to make mistakes when proofreading and she herself missed it the first time. It doesn’t make for good working relations to blame each other for the mistake. And it wasn’t the first one. We have learned to work together and had a fun time with writing Edmund.

Tell me in the comments what you think? Do you make big mistakes when talking to your editor? Or when trying to communicate with your close collaborators? Do you worry too much when something is nearing the end stage like I do with Edmund Pickle Chin’s release date? I just can’t wait to see the finished product.


See you Friday, my good friends!

(c) 2014 Clara Bowman-Jahn aka Clarike Bowman-Jahn



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“Charms” the Anthology.

Hi Friends!

Charm Anthology

Charm Anthology

Did you know I was one of several of our friends to have stories in an anthology?

My two stories that I wrote are about my son Eric, though might be true but aren’t. I just chose him for the main character because I think of him so much. He’s the one in Washington State so far away from me. I miss the kids when they were that age.

The titles of my stories came from the charms of butterfly and hummingbird. And I just flew from there, writing up a storm. It was so fun not worrying if it were going to be published or not. The one drawback is the books, Volume One, Two and Three are not on Amazon so people who may want a copy, have to notify the contributors or authors to get one ordered for them. And of course all the marketing is up to us as well. So far no one has wanted me to buy a copy for them. I did however buy a bundle for myself at Christmas for presents for my nieces and nephews. And brothers and sisters.

But since they aren’t on amazon no one knows about the books unless we constantly advertise about them and I don’t think anyone is. I sure don’t want to.

Robyn Campbell did a post on this before Christmas. If I had been thinking I would have done that as well. Here it is.  Please visit her post and tell her and I  what you think?

Here is some of what she says in the post. She tells about who else was in the book, that you may know and also the premise of the book.

This book has author friends of Theresa Milstein, Mia Milstein Sharon Mayhew, Lenny Lee , Susanna Hill, Cheryl Secomb,  illustration by Ellen Injerd (Cheryl’s daughter),and Clarike Bowman-Jahn. That’s me! And Robyn Campbell. http://robyn-campbell.blogspot.com/2013/12/every-charm-has-story-yall.html (Yay!! Robyn! )

As Robyn says in her post about what the anthologies are about:


Imogen, Ashton, Joshua and Hannah, aged five, eight, eleven and thirteen, find a china crock in the attic of a house being renovated as a boutique hotel. Since the crock has no identifiable owners, they open it. Inside is a hoard of metal charms.

Each of these charms has an associated story or poem, which will be written by contributing authors. The charms come in a wide variety of anything from anchors to dinosaurs, elephants, hats, shoes, roses, clocks and so on. Each contributor received a charm by post or email, and the charm inspired a story or poem.

The stories stand alone, each having its own characters, theme, setting and period. The four children above do NOT appear in the stories. Neither does the attic setting. The linking text joins them so each story will address something of interest to one of the bracket-story children.

These anthologies are filled with the stories, poems, and illustrations of authors you know. The anthologies together make a fantasy novel but each can stand on their own. They are beautiful. You have to order through the contributors. I’ll be glad to order for you at cost + shipping. You’ll be glad you did.

What do you think? Do you want a copy? They make great presents. Please let me know in the comments if you want a copy. I was so fortunate to sell one at my author event at Cascades last week. The buyer wanted one specifically for the 4 to 7 age group which was Volume one. I was so glad I could give her one and autograph it for her. Let me know which Volume you want and I’ll love signing it for you.

Also let me know in the comments if have read any of these stories and if you like them. See you there!! :)

There won’t be too many plugs for this I promise and next week I’ll go back to talking picture books and memoir. This just needed to be said.

 They range in Vol 1 as ages 4 to7: Vol 2 as ages 7 to 11 and Vol 3 for tweens. I have read the stories and they are wonderful. You can tell they are publishable content. Really professional. 

So that is my pitch for the Charms Anthology. I hope you order yours today and tell me who to sign it to.

Take Care! Have a  great weekend!

XXXOOO See you on Tuesday!!



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My Writing Processes Blog Tour

Hi Friends!

Recently, the lovely Joanna Marple ,tagged me to join this fun Blog Tour on writing processes. Each week, authors post answers to four Writing Process questions, then tag three friends to play along the following week. You can read Joanna’s fabulous post, and learn what she’s working on, right here . You can also see a shout out on Joanna’s  book “Snow Games” and Joanna’s face book  page right   here.

About Joanna:

After graduating college, Joanna took her guitar and a rucksack of books and t-shirts (to barter for more books) and roved the continents, getting involved with some wonderful people, projects and stories. She never knows where the next adventure will take her. Now she writes to give children the same wings to escape into adventure that she still uses. She is currently living in her eighth nation and on her third continent, in New York City, where she is studying for an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature. She writes picture books and YA, often with characters from different cultures! Her first book, SNOW GAMES, was published in 2012 on the eBook Platform, uTales - http://utales.com/books/snow-games-3.


Following are my responses, and at the bottom you’ll find the three wonderful people who’ll post next week!

What am I working on:

I am now writing a memoir which is a ten-year slice of the hardest time in my life. It covers when I lost my late husband, my life as a single mom raising teens and my brain disorder.

I am also working on two picture books that fell from my brain in stream of consciousness because they say something about my life. One of these is going to a SCBWI workshop with Magination Press in May. So there’s a time limit and time pressure on this.

And on the back burner I have started a nonfiction picture biography picture book.  I am also brain storming something for literary journals.

Also! Last but not least! My second picture book, EDMUND PICKLE CHIN,  A DONKEY RESCUE STORY  is due for release in April and somehow I must plan for a book launch. 

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Since I work in multi-genres; being published in three anthologies, one a collection of flash fiction, one a slice of memoir and one has two children’s stories in it –plus being published as a picture book author, it is just natural for me to now do memoir.

This is the way I work. Across genres.

The way Edmund Pickle Chin is different is that it is a true story about an abused donkey who learns to trust his caregiver and be a help on the farm. For “Annie’s Special Day” it is different because of it being a basic concept book teaching time in a fun way.

Why do I write what I do?

I just love writing.  I write every day since it is my second career. Ever since I got the contract for “Annie’s Special Day” I have wanted to make my private journals public material. And the way to make my private writing public is to write my memoir. I am fulfilling a dream.

And as far as my picture books? I write them because I think it is increasingly important that kids love reading and if they are surprised by learning something while doing something they love? All the better. I also think picture books help kids make sense of their world.

How does my writing process work?

For my picture books I write a rough draft with a ton of versions and when I think they are ready, I bring them to my critique groups for feedback. In fact for “Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story” I wrote my acknowledgement thanking my critique groups because they had been so invaluable in what they gave the story.

I wake up each morning excited about my writing and first thing before breakfast I write for a couple of hours. Early in the morning is my best time. Then I can do my life after wards. Run errands; go for a workout or my Pilates class or whatever.  Some lucky days it’s reading all afternoon.

WHO’S UP NEXT MONDAY! – April 14, 2014

Margot Fink!

I met Margot almost four years ago at Themuseonlinewritersconference, where she was critiquing picture books. Then we became email friends. Margot Finke is an Aussie transplant, now living in Oregon with her husband and family. She has 13 published books (PB to young teen), and runs a well known Manuscript Critique Service. She also offers FREE Skype Author Visits to schools and book clubs.

*HOOK Kids on Reading: http://hookkidsonreading.blogspot.com/
*Website: http://www.margotfinke.com
*Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/bg9dtxt
**Autographed books come with her FREE “Fairdinkum Aussie Recipe Book” – tucker Margot loved to eat as an Aussie kid.

*FREE “Sneak Peek” inside all her books: http://tinyurl.com/9npjy9n
*SKYPE Author Visits (schools etc) : www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-LLo_eWdxk   

Vivian Kirkfield

I met Vivian almost three years ago on one of the blogs  I was visiting then. And then we started seeing each other on our own blogs, then becoming email friends. Vivian Kirkfield is a passionate advocate of early childhood education. She believes that with a positive self-image and a love of books, every child can achieve a life of balance, happiness and meaning. Her award-winning parent-teacher resource book, Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking, gives quick and easy activities for 100 recommended picture books.

Now Vivian is on a mission to write picture books that will have kids asking their parents, “Please read that one again!” She’s an active member of 12×12 and just completed Susanna Leonard Hill’s Making Picture Book Magic class…in fact, she participates in so many challenges and writing prompts, her hubby wonders if her fingers will become glued to the computer keyboard. You can contact her at viviankirkfield@gmail.com or connect with her on her blog, Picture Books Help Kids Soar.–

Vivian Kirkfield, BA, MS

Author – Parenting Speaker – Educator

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Val Muller:

Val Muller is a special case. Instead of first finding each other online we go to the same writer’s group and got to know each other better at one of the signing events we both went to. Val Muller writes novels for children and adults. CORGI CAPERS, her mystery series for kids, is her most popular seller and has its own website: http://www.CorgiCapers.com. Her newest release is her young adult novel THE SCARRED LETTER, a modernization of The Scarlet Letter. Val blogs twice a week at http://www.valmuller.com/blog, posting fiction, musings, and book reviews. She is also a freelance editor, an editor for Freedom Forge Press, and a book cover designer. Find out more at http://www.ValMuller.com.

So there you have it friends! My writing process blog post with all the requirements intact. The author who tagged me, the four answers to four questions and the three authors for me to tag. It was great fun doing this and I hope it was fun for you to read it as well.

See you on Friday!!

Hugs and kisses

© 2014 Clara Bowman-Jahn aka Clarike Bowman-Jahn

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Perfect Picture Book Friday/Please Louise

HI Friends!

book cover for Please Louise

book cover for Please Louise

It’s great to see you again! It makes for a pleasurable Friday and of course we know Saturday which is next is my favorite day. I sleep late, schedule my blogs and catch up   on reading. I even go for long walks with husb, Ed Jahn. You may be surprised some day to find a guest post of his here. Now for the reason of this post, my own selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday.

Title: Please Louise

Author: Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison

Illustrator: Shadra Strickland

Publishing info: A Paula Wiseman book: Simon and Schuster, fiction, 2014

Summary: “On a gray, rainy day, everything seems particularly frightening and bad to Louise until she enters a library and finds books that help her to know and imagine the beauty and wonder that have been there all along.”

Theme: Books and reading, fear, Libraries

Resources : I couldn’t find much by way of teacher resources for this book but as I thought about it, huge interesting discussions could be had about what ones favorite book was. What a library card was and could do if there were no books in the home etc.  So let you imagination go and think about your love for books and come up with a question you could ask your group of students.

Age appropriate for: Grade kindergarten through fourth grade

First Three Sentences: “Please, Louise, please, please. Things are not always what they seem.  If you are sometimes lonely or sometimes sad, know that the world is big but not so bad.”

From the Jacket: “A rainy day may seem gray, but if you take a walk outside, you just may find your way to a special place filled with stories that will please. Just ask Louise.”

Why I love it: “Please Louise” is an instant hit with me because I feeling just like Louise when I opened the book. And the promise of a better tomorrow and a better mood just by reading came true for me. The book pleased me and turned my mood around. I began reading something else and soon became a person someone else may want to be around. The message in this book is spectacular and this Toni Morrison book does her justice.

Do you think you will like reading this book?

And what Patricia Tilton says in her blog Children’s Books Heal: Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book.  To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.

And here is my gift to you, dear friends.

A great site for nonfiction authors is this: Like any association it has tons of info.

And for much more info on writing check out this site:

And the best links for my kidlit friends? A Kidlit newsletter!  Chock full of other links. A must have!

That is it folks!! See you on Tuesday! I’m working on something special. XXXOOO


(c) 2014 Clara Bowman-Jahn aka Clarike Bowman-Jahn


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Question: Do You Like Reading or Writing Better?

Hi Friends!

Do you like reading?

Do you like reading?

Do you like Reading or writing better?I came across a post recently, here, from “Adventures in Children’s Publishing” asking what do I like more. Reading or writing?

Like the author of that post I have found it harder to like reading as much since I became a writer because of analyzing what I read.  While reading I ask things like does it grab me? Are the characters realistic with flaws? Do they seem real? Or like talking heads? What about the dialogue?

And the author of the post asks; if I like the book, why? If I don’t like the book, why? It takes me a long time to lose myself in a book because of analyzing it this way with the questions going on my mind, like the ones I asked above. But then, if I DO lose myself, you know it’s good.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Nonfiction is different. I am more the observer there and the questions I ask are different and I don’t necessarily want to include that here in this post or what do you like more, reading or writing?

But writing? I lose myself easily. I especially lose myself in the rough first draft.  When I start a picture book or piece of memoir; POW! I am gone. Lost in my writing.

What about you? Do you like reading or writing better? And why?

And my gifts for my reading friends? My twitter feed has been full of #scholastic #100reasonstoread. And here is the original post. , Yes, I cheated. I also used this link in my Perfect Picture Book Friday post a couple of weeks ago as gifts for my writing friends.  I just didn’t want you to miss it.

And for my journaling friends? Here you go. Finding healing is why I keep journaling, too.


What about you? Do like reading or writing better?

Me,Clara, writing at table

Me,Clara, writing at table

See you on Friday!


Kisses and hugs!

© 2014 Clara Bowman-Jahn aka Clarike Bowman-Jahn


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