Book Giveaway & Author Interview; Fern Valley by Aileen Stewart

Welcome to Author Aileen Stewart!


Aileen resides in lovely Shelby, Ohio with her beautiful daughter and wonderful husband. Currently she is a SAHM, but she does have a degree in Business Administration and a certificate in Sales/Marketing from North Central State College. Besides writing she loves to bake, quilt, craft, take pictures, garden, travel, bird-watch, and volunteer at her daughter’s school.


If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
The Tuohy Family and Micheal Oher seem like they would be an interesting family to meet and dine with.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
If I were stranded on a desert island I would want a Swiss army knife, a supply of fresh water, and a flint to make fire.

What is one book everyone should read? 
Everyone should read the BIBLE :0)

If you could have any superpower what would you choose? 
Well, it definitely wouldn’t be mind reading because to be honest I don’t want to know what people really think about me. I prefer to live with my perceptions of what they think about me; they are much more comforting I’m sure.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? 
I love plain vanilla ice-cream with chocolate syrup and peanut butter.

Pet Peeves? 
I have a few pet peeves. I heartily dislike it when people talk on the phone while driving, when people casually use fowl language especially in front of children, when people are consistently late, and people who persist in riding my bumper when I am going the speed limit.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. 
You should read my book because you won’t know how interesting the Fern Valley kids are unless you do.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
Currently I am working on Return to Fern Valley the sequel to my first book. I am also working on a children’s mystery.

What inspired you to want to become a writer? 
Several things inspired me to become a writer. As a child I was an avid reader spending most of my free time at the library. My parents were also wonderful storytellers regaling my brother and me with tales of their growing up years. The fact that my father was a freelance author for hunting and fishing magazines probably had a little something to do with my attraction to writing as well.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
My most rewarding moments are when children who have read my book tell me how much they enjoyed it. During my book launch party one little girl whispered to me as I was getting ready to read from my book. “I’ve already started reading and I love it,” she said.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be? 
I would definitely want to love in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory world. Inside the chocolate factory itself of course.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
I loved books of all sorts when I was a child, but I especially loved mysteries. I remember particularly liking Phyllis A Whitney. In High School, I remember reading Silas Mariner and to this day it is still one of my favorite stories.

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why? 
If I could choose any time period to live in I would probably choose 1950’s America. To me that era seems to be the height of the American Dream and the American Family. The hit songs of the time were all about true love and getting married, neighbors knew each other and were more like extended families, jobs were plentiful, and people dressed well and had good manners.

What is your favorite Quote? 
“Try God. If you don’t like him, the Devil will always take you back.”

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? 
When I was young I used to tell my mom and dad that I wanted to be a pig farmer’s wife when I grew up. I also thought I would have twelve children. I have no idea why I thought being a pig farmer’s wife with lots of children would be attractive, the mysteries of youth I guess.

If you were a bird, which one would you be? 
I would probably be a cardinal. Cardinals are both beautiful and devoted to each other.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy? 
If I had a million dollars, the first thing I would do would be to pay off my house, my parent’s house, and my brother’s house.

What do you do in your free time? 
I do many things in my free time. I love to bake and try new recipes. I make a really good Thai Chicken Curry and a killer No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake. I also love photography, crafting, flower gardening, attending auctions, quilting, bird-watching, reading, and of course writing!

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? 
A great title for a book about me would probably be Just Your Average Mom.

Favorite places to travel?
I have traveled quite a bit in my lifetime. I really enjoyed visiting Hawaii, but my favorite trip was probably the trip I took through Michigan. Mackinaw Island was particularly lovely.

Favorite music?
My tastes in music are quite eclectic. I like light Jazz, Golden Oldies, Calypso, Easy Listening, Gospel, Southern Gospel, Instrumental, Classical, Mediterranean, Eighties Rock, Children’s songs, and Oriental music.

Fern Valley by Aileen Stewart:

Follow the adventures of delightful young farm animals who are just like you.

Fern Valley is home to a group of wonderful animals who have fun and face some of the same problems children everywhere do. Roberta and Mildred Cornstalk are creative chickens dealing with the loss of their beloved granny, and they’re looking for something to do to cheer them up. Want to know what adventures they find? Want to know what happens to Roberta and Mildred’s brother, Edward, when he goes fishing, what birthday surprise is in store for Betsy Woolrich, or what lesson Kimmy Curlytail learns when she keeps something that isn’t hers? Then follow this endearing cast of characters as they enjoy their time together and learn important lessons.

A perfect addition for any child’s personal library and a joy for families to share, Fern Valley is a collection to be treasured for many years to come.

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of Fern Valley
Open to US & Canada
Ends 4/20/11

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