Meet Harsha Sheelam

Today on Paws 4 Thought I’m happy to introduce children’s and YA author, Harsha Sheelam. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Harsha.

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I am children’s book author from Hyderabad, India. I fell in love with writing at an early age thanks to my mother. I have three books to my credit, one young adult novel, and two short stories books. My articles have been featured in magazines, newspapers, and blogs. When I am not writing, I am either playing my sitar or studying business administration.

When did you first start writing?

 I first started writing when I was in high school, but I only began to do it professionally in 2016 when I started working with a Hyderabad based magazine. In about six months I was multi-tasking writing for three companies. I debuted in 2017 with my first book.

Who are your favorite authors?

Rabindranath Tagore, Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, Graham Greene, Shakespeare, Frances Hodgson Burnett, to name a few.

(That’s a really eclectic list – I like it! DMK)

What inspires you to write?

 Writing helps me to escape from reality and takes me into this private space where I can do and think what I want without anyone to judge me. The peace, humbleness, and simplicity that writing gives me, is what inspires me to write.

  1. Which is your favorite book you have written?

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I can’t decide a favorite book. I’ve always said that it is like answering the question, “Who is your favorite child?” The learning, experiences, and memories that I have with each of them are so significant. The hard work and perseverance that I put into each can’t help me determine my favorites.

Did you illustrate yourself, or did you hire an illustrator? If an illustrator – tell us a little about them.

 I have hired the illustrator in the past. But, I will myself for my next poetry book, which is about healing and is suitable for adults.

What are you working on?

 I have finished working on a collection of short stories named ‘Poppydown Pals’. It should hopefully be out mid-year. I am currently working on my poetry book, which are four-line couplets. All those who love R.H Sin, Faraway Poetry, Atticus, will hopefully love these.

If you had a superpower what would it be?

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I’d like to read and fix the minds of people who think ‘Girls shouldn’t wear short clothes, be out late, drink, smoke, have tattoos, show skin, have short hair, be dark-skinned, be a housewife, and god forbid if she is dating,  she is a gold digger.” The world will be a better place with a superwoman who can change these perspectives for the empowerment of other women.

(Really awesome answer here! Here’s to all the superwomen out there! DMK)

 Tell us something unusual about the place you live.

I can’t tell if I’m the only one surrounded by such people or if it is in the rest of the world. Narrow-mindedness, prejudice, judgments, valuing the useless and ornamental, is something very unusual. The world is evolving, evolve your mind too.

(Sadly yes, there are narrow-minded people here in the States too. Agree that we should all evolve. DMK)

Thank you for hanging out with us Harsha. How can readers connect with you and where can we buy your books?

 I’m available on online portals of my website, Instagram, Facebook, and Amazon author page.

www.sheelamharsha.com

www.instagram.com/harshasheelam/

www.facebook.com/harshasheelamm/

https://www.amazon.com/author/harshasheelam

 

 

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99 Cents Picture Book Sale!

Update – Everything should now be 99 cents! Happy Reading!

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Hi folks, I’ve got a surprise for you – starting today for one week only all four of my picture books are just 99 cents/99p on Kindle.

That includes (from left to right)

The Great Bobbert

The Great Bobbert has lost his weasel again. Where can that pesky Popgoes be?

Adana the Earth Dragon

Adana is a small, brown, earth dragon. She longs to play with the other dragons, but none of them will accept her as a friend. One day a giant wanders into the land of the dragons and scares all the other dragons.
Can Adana save the day and prove that even a small brown earth dragon can do big things?

 

And Cecilia’s Tale

Cecilia’s on a mission to find a new human, but will she find the right one? She’s heard they’re very difficult to train.

Pick up one, two, or all three for your little ones!

Books also available in paperback and audio.

Wednesdays with Yuri

Over on my puzzle blog today we have a new maze from Yuri Shamne!

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Welcome back to Wednesdays with Yuri Shamne. We had a little break for April while this blog was hosting A to Z. I hope you enjoyed the A to Z posts and maybe found a picture book or two for your little ones.

Today on Wednesdays with Yuri, we have an amazing maze. Young Joey is stuck in the middle of the maze. Four friends are trying to rescue him, but only one will succeed. Can you work out which one?

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Have an AMAZING week and check out Yuri’s previous puzzles here.

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Ziggy & Tiggy and Zoo Train – Blogging from A to Z

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And now we reach the final letter of the alphabet, the letter Z.

Our first Z book is ZIGGY & TIGGY by Briana Borgella, illustrated by Mary Biswas.

 

Take an adventurous journey through the jungle with Ziggy & Tiggy!

Available from Amazon in paperback or Kindle.

So you’d like to see some cool JUNGLE animals but can’t make it all the way to the jungle. How about a trip to the ZOO instead?

So climb aboard the ZOO TRAIN, an animal counting book by Tim Steiner.

 

Count with Claire at the Zoo! Introduce your young reader to animals, counting, and how to politely accept and decline invitations. For ages 1-3.

Available in Kindle or paperback.  

So there we have it we’ve traveled the alphabet from A to Z. I hope you’ve had fun and picked up some new reads for your little ones.

Many Thanks,

Adana

P.S. If you haven’t picked up my book yet – please do! Available in Kindle, paperback or audible or directly from Debbie on this website.

Y is for Yummy and Yuri – Blogging from A to Z

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Hi Everyone,

Adana here and we’re nearly at the end of the alphabet – Can you believe it? The last post will appear on Monday.

Today though we focus on the letter Y.

First up we have MY YUMMY CORN written and illustrated by  Surendhra Kumar Padayatchi.

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This is a story about a mouse that lived a content life in a corn field being usurped by a city dwelling mouse to enjoy the fruits of an urban living. Did the mouse settle down in the city? What happened after the mouse departed with his new acquaintance?

Pick up your copy in Kindle or paperback today.

Secondly, I’m going to cheat a little. I’d like to introduce you all to YURI SHAMNE. Yuri is an artist and puzzle maker from Russia and he has been providing picture puzzles for Debbie’s puzzle blog, Paws 4 Puzzles, on Wednesdays.

You and children can catch up on all of Yuri’s puzzles so far on this page. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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That’s all for today. Join me on Monday for the letter Z!

Adana

 

 

X is for Xtras – Blogging from A to Z

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Hi Everyone,

Adana here. We’re going to cheat a little today. Debbie couldn’t find any books that began with the letter X so instead she told me to introduce a couple of X-tras.

First up is an awesome book that Debbie edited, AND THAT’S WHY SHE’S MY MAMA written and illustrated by Tiarra Nazario.

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What is a Mama? A mama is someone who is always there for you. She makes you your favorite food, takes you to the park, and kisses your boo-boos better. Some mamas didn’t hold you in their belly, but they will forever hold you in their hearts. Mamas come in all different shapes, colors, and ages, but they all have one thing in common.

They love you!

Pick up a paperback copy directly from Tiarra’s website.

Next up is a little story from Debbie Manber Kupfer from the world of P.A.W.S.

The Great Bobbert has lost his weasel again.

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Where can that pesky Popgoes be?
Find out in this humorous tale available on Amazon in Kindle or paperback.

Come back tomorrow when we celebrate the letter Y with some Yummy corn and some puzzles from Russian artist and puzzler Yuri Shamne.

Bye for now,

Adana

Picture Books from A to Z – Day W!

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Hi everyone,

Adana here. Today for W day I’m going to introduce you to two very important books.

First up here’s Women Who March by Adena Raub Dershowitz (Author) and Heather Workman (Illustrator).

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A children’s book inspiring the next generation of feminists, Women Who March is an illustrated depiction of the author’s experience participating in the 2017 Women’s March. Written to spark conversation between parents and children, the book describes the march and the equal rights activism that fueled the marches around the world.

Available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback.

Next up is a book that deals with another serious subject and one that is dear to the heart of this little brown dragon, as I do have a tendency to worry.

Meet young Maya in When Worry Takes Hold by Liz Hazke and illustrated by  InSong Nam.

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One night just before the lights went out, Worry snuck into Maya’s mind. Worry grew bigger and bigger until there was no space left for anything else. Just darkness and fear. Join Maya as she finds Courage, through the form of a calming breath, and learns how to break free from Worry’s hold.

Pick up your copy on Amazon in Hardback, Paperback or Kindle.

That’s all for now – we’ll have something Xtra special for you tomorrow.

Good night,

Adana