Welcome back to AuthorHouse Author’s Digest! Today we continue our guest post from first-time contributor Nancy Nuson Guss, the self-published author of The Spirit of the Tree and Other Back Yard Tales: Connecting to Creation. In last week’s post, available here, Nancy told us about her childhood and background. This time, we’ll talk specifically about her writing style and her book.
Nancy, were there any stories or authors that influenced your writing style or choice of genre?
Ever since I was a child, I have loved reading and writing allegories and fairy tales. I have the fondest memories of sitting on my great-grandmother’s, grandmother’s, and mother’s lap as they read these stories to me; I admired the art and pictures and loved seeing how these connected to the characters and events. After listening to these stories, I recall asking questions, sharing conversation, and learning life lessons from these simple stories and the adults who read them to me. My favorite was East of the Sun and West of the Moon.
As I grew up, I realized that these seemingly simple children’s stories were written on multiple levels, and they were perfectly crafted in a way that provided opportunities for generations to share life and reading experiences. I gain fresh insight every time I read the classic stories, and so I created contemporary tales written in the same spirit as the beloved classics.
Please tell us about your book.
The Spirit of the Tree and Other Backyard Tales: Connecting to Creation is a collection of touching allegorical short stories that share peace-filled, joyful messages. Some of these tales are autobiographical; others have connections to childhood adventures, memories, or simply admire the unique beauty in nature. The characters all learn something wonderful about our earth and life, and the children in the book are very sweet and wise. One thing that is unique about my book is the interactive section at the end, where readers can record memories or life experiences. There is even a list of characters from the stories, and children can keep track of those they “meet.”
What was your favorite part of the self-publishing experience?
My favorite part of self-publishing was holding my book in my hands for the first time!
We’ll conclude our chat with Nancy Nason Guss next week. Readers, The Spirit of the Tree and Other Back Yard Tales is available at Amazon and the AuthorHouse Bookstore.