Thursday Thirteen – Thirteen Things You Don’t Know About Chery Malandrino Author of Little Shepherd

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About Little Shepherd

Obed is in the hills outside Bethlehem when the angels appear to announce the Savior’s birth. Can he trust that the miracle of the first Christmas will keep his flock safe while he visits the newborn King?

Thirteen Things You Don’t Know about Cheryl Malandrinos and Her Writing

Do you really want to know more about me? My friends say I am all over the Internet. I’m still not sure if they think that’s a good thing.

Okay, the first thing you don’t know about me and my writing is despite the fact that I hate clutter, I never toss away my writing. I have old drafts of my first completed manuscript tucked into my filing cabinet. There are at least three versions of Little Shepherd on my PC. I even have an envelope of stories and poems I wrote as a teenager. Those are tucked deep inside my hope chest, just waiting to be resurrected into some new story.
Second thing, I’m a spoiled writer. I don’t back up my own work. My loving and adorable computer nerd of a husband handles all that for me. He set up a network in the house. The tape backup runs on the server every night and weekly remote backups are run through Mozy.
Third thing, you know that first completed manuscript I mentioned above? I co-wrote it with my middle sister. I think it would be a popular women’s fiction book if we could ever get through the edits.
The fourth thing you don’t know about me and my writing is that I aspire to write books similar to those by Lucy Maud Montgomery and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I don’t mean books so wonderful they become classics—though that would be nice. I want to write stories for young people with independent-minded heroines whose feistiness tends to get them in a spot of trouble from time to time.
Fifth thing, if money weren’t an issue I wqould lock myself in my office for seven hours a day to complete my works in progress. Then find an agent.
Number six would have to be that working from home has given me a bit of a social phobia. I don’t feel as comfortable engaging people in conversation as I used to. To alleviate that problem, I offer writing workshops at local schools and joined a planning committee for a writers conference.
Are you bored yet?
Seventh thing is up until recently I used to write long-hand the majority of the time. I can pretty much write anywhere, but writing long-hand and then typing my words into the PC allowed me to self-edit as I go.
The eighth thing you probably don’t know about me and my writing is that I used to write Little House on the Prairie and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman fan fiction stories to hone my craft.
Number nine is that Little Shepherd was not intended to be a children’s book. When God first planted the idea in my heart, Obed was an adult. He was on a journey to find the apostles after the Resurrection to see if Jesus was the Savior he had visited as a boy.
Tenth thing is I have my pastor and God’s guidance to thank for making Little Shepherd into a children’s book. While working on the adult version of this story, I asked my pastor if he would read through it to be sure I had the sequence of Christ’s ministry portrayed accurately. He asked if it was a children’s story and that got the gears moving in my brain.
Eleventh is that I only had Guardian Angel Publishing (GAP) in mind when I created Little Shepherd. I had reviewed several of their titles before submitting my book to them.
Twelfth is that I was thrilled when Eugene Ruble accepted the contract to illustrate Little Shepherd. I was familiar with several of the books he had illustrated for GAP and I knew he would do a superb job with my book.
The thirteenth, and final thing you don’t know about me and my writing is that going on a virtual book tour to promote Little Shepherd is a bit intimidating. While I coordinate tours for other people all the time, now I am the new author testing the waters of online book promotion, hoping reviewers will enjoy Obed’s story, and dreading the first time someone says the book didn’t meet her expectations.
I hope you enjoyed learning more about me and my writing.
Wishing you the best,

About Cheryl Malandrinos

Cheryl Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. A regular contributor for Writer2Writer, her articles focus on increasing productivity through time management and organization. A founding member of Musing Our Children, Ms. Malandrinos is also Editor in Chief of the group’s quarterly newsletter, Pages & Pens.

Cheryl is a Tour Coordinator for Pump Up Your Book, a book reviewer, and blogger. Little Shepherd is her first children’s book. Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two young daughters. She also has a son who is married.

You can visit Cheryl online at

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GIVEAWAY #1 (for people who comment during the VBT)
An autographed copy of Little Shepherd
Angel figurine printed with the Serenity Prayer
A Little Shepherd sticky note pad
Little Drummer Boy 2010 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament
Gift of Peace 2003 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament
Retail value of Giveaway #1 is $65 (rounded to nearest dollar)
GIVEAWAY #2 (for those who purchase a copy of Little Shepherd between August 21, 2010 and December 17, 2010)
A ”Sparkling Angel” scented jar candle from Yankee Candle
An angel gold and silver lid topper for the candle
An angel tea light holder from Yankee Candle
A Little Shepherd sticky note pad
A Jim Shore Nativity Star hanging ornament
A Jim Shore Holy Family hanging ornament
A $25 gift card
Retail Value of Giveaway #2 is $97 (rounded to the nearest dollar)
Here are the rules and guidelines for these giveaways:
1) For Giveaway #1 you must leave a comment on the hosting blog with a working email address for the author to contact you if you win.
2) For Giveaway #1 only the first comment with your working email address is used to determine eligibility (one comment, per blog).
3) You are eligible to win Giveaway #2 if you purchase a copy of Little Shepherd between August 21, 2010 and December 17, 2010 and provide the author with proof of purchase via email, mail, or fax prior to December 19, 2010. Little Shepherd is available at the Guardian Angel Publishing website, Amazon,, and at
4) All giveaway winners will be selected using
5) Prizes will be shipped via USPS with appropriate insurance. The author cannot guarantee receipt before December 25, 2010.
6) Author, blog hosts, and Pump Up Your Book are not responsible for lost or damaged goods.
7) The same person cannot win both giveaways.
Although it is not a requirement for eligibility, Cheryl asks that you consider following the blogs who host her during her tour and also the Little Shepherd blog.
Good luck to all who enter!

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5 thoughts on “Thursday Thirteen – Thirteen Things You Don’t Know About Chery Malandrino Author of Little Shepherd”

  1. Hi Cheryl! I loved reading the thirteen things about you It is very interesting to learn how another writer thinks and feels about her writing and what she does to prepare for her work. I love children’s stories and this story of the little Shephard sounds both sweet and inspiring, He needs to have faith that his flock will be safe. That is a wonderful message.
    I was also interested to know if you are going to follow up with the adult version you mentioned. That sounded very compelling and it would be great to see it in print!
    Good luck with everything! Can’t wait too read your book!

  2. Hi Carolyn,

    Thanks for saying such wonderful things. You made my day.

    I have plans to work on the adult version, just not sure when yet. I am in the midst of a MG historical right now. I want to finish that, polish it, and get it submitted. I also have a couple of ghostwriting projects that should be happening soon.

    Depending upon when and if those ghostwriting projects come to fruition, the adult version is probably the next thing I would tackle. It’s one of those ideas that just won’t let go.

    I loved your Bedtime of the Sky book. I wish you great success.

    Thank you for stopping by.



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