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IndieView with Cheryl Babirad, author of I Did My Best |


The idea came from a collection of my experiences as a kindergartener, experiences of my children as kindergarteners, and what I saw during the years I taught children starting kindergarten.

Cheryl in Birad – November 13, 2021

The back flap

When Jennifer Ella Rose starts the garden, she learns that not everyone will be friendly and not all attempts to befriend someone will succeed. Will Jennifer Ella Rose conquer the garden by doing her best?

  • The Jennifer Ella Rose series, written by former elementary school teacher Cheryl in Birad, is a perfect tool for classroom, virtual learning and homework.
  • Includes discussion guidelines and suggested vocabulary.

Regarding the book

What is the book about?

I did my best, The first book in my Jennifer Ella Rose series for preschoolers up to second grade, ages 4-8, is about a little girl starting kindergarten. This is her first parting from home and family. Jennifer Ella Rose is about to learn that not all attempts to make new friends will succeed and that the path to new adjustments in life is paved by doing the best you can.

When did you start writing the book?

I came up with the idea and started writing the book after retiring from thirty-nine years of teaching.

How long did it take you to write this?

I assembled the concept within a month. The whole process took about a year.

Where did you get the idea from?

The idea came from a collection of my experiences as a kindergartener, experiences of my children as kindergarteners, and what I saw during the years I taught children starting kindergarten.

Were there parts of the book you struggled with?

It was not really a struggle because I wrote down my first-hand experiences that surrounded my life and my career in welcoming new gardeners each year and helping them adjust to separation from home and the nuances of an unfamiliar environment.

What comes easily?

What came easily were the memories of teachers, children and past experiences, as well as those of the past. It brought up the memories I learned from them and now I am writing about them.

Are your characters completely fictitious or have you asked people from the real world that you know?

The names are fake but the story is based on types of people and real-world experiences.

We all know how important it is for writers to read. Are there any writers who have influenced the way you write, and if so, how have they influenced you?

I was influenced by friends who either write from their experience or just write very human, childish, poetic, rhyming and positive and inspiring stories. I enjoyed children’s stories by Letty Sostrin and her twin sister, Sheila {authors of, The teacher who would not retire) Which establishes the personality of truly dedicated educators who will always be teachers and creators at heart. Another story I read and loved by Letty Sostrin is, A penny from my sister. This book has inspired me because of the beautiful traditions and value of family encouragement. I love the rhyme and imagination, the imagination and creativity of Dr. Suss and P.D. Eastman. At the adult level, because I also get inspired to create poetry and nostalgic stories, I love the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Helen Lori Marshall. I love the empathy and values ​​they evoke.

Do you have a target reader?

My target readers of my books in the “Jennifer Ella Rose” series are preschoolers up to second grade, ages 4-8.

Regarding writing

Do you have a writing process? If so can you please describe it?

My writing process is one chapter at a time, from handwritten skills to computer typing pages. I like to write a chapter at a time, to be able to get a concrete start and end with the events of each chapter in the middle. I like to end each episode and the last ending with a question in the minds of readers and listeners what might happen next!

Do you describe? If so, do you do it extensively or just chapter headings and a few sentences?

I prepare chapter heads and ideas, phrases, sentences in a separate notebook as they pop into my head.

Are you editing while or waiting for you to finish?

I edit while doing so and then continue to edit when I’m done and read my final work at least a few times.

Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what causes the fingers to tap?

Definitely!!! I love country, jazz, oldies and soul. What’s been making my fingers tick lately? Music by Billy Carrington, Mariah Carey, Carly Pierce, Kelsey Ballerini, Stevie Wonder and Tori Kelly, Kelly Clarkson Christmas !!! Obviously I love music and can name many more.

On publishing

Have you submitted your work to agents?

No I do not.

What made you decide to go indie, whether self-published or indie? Was it a specific event or a gradual process?

I went with a small publisher because I love the personal care and attention they give to each of their writers.

Did you do your book cover professionally or did you do it yourself?

My book cover is professionally made.

Do you have a marketing plan for a book or do you just wing it?

I have a semi-planned marketing plan for the book and I wing the rest.

Is there any advice you would like to give to other beginners considering becoming an indie writer?

I would say put all your heart into it and go for it!

You must

Where did you grow up?

I grew up on Long Island.

where do you live now?

I love Long Island so much and I have so many memories here that I have never left. I am still here.

What would you like readers to know about you?

I am worried and excited about my family. I like to read, write, draw, listen to music; I play the piano!

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on a children’s book, separate from the series, about Jack Russell Terrier.

End of interview:

For more information from Cheryl, see her biography of her Publishers’ website And likes her Facebook page.

Get your copy of I did my best M Amazon USA or Amazon UK.



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