Guest Post: Character This or That – Waiting to Forget by Sheila Kelly Walsh

Welcome to Author Sheila Kelly Welch 

Sheila began writing and drawing while she was in elementary school. Her black crayon was always worn down from drawing horses with wild manes and sweeping tails. After attending college, teaching for several years, and in the middle of raising seven children, she began her writing career. Her short stories have been published by numerous children’s magazines, including Cricket, Children’s Playmate, Spider, Ladybug, Cicada, and Highlights for Children. She has illustrated many of her own stories for The Cricket Magazine Group. One of these, “The Holding-On Night,” won the International Reading Association’s Short Story Award.
Sheila has written and/or illustrated twelve books for various ages. Her first novel, DON’T CALL ME MARDA, was a finalist for the national Benjamin Franklin Award. Three of her short chapter books are read by schoolchildren around the world. Her two most popular books are LITTLE PRINCE KNOW-IT-ALL and A HORSE FOR ALL SEASONS. Her novel THE SHADOWED UNICORN was on the short list for the Prairie Pasque Award (similar to the Rebecca Caudill Award in Illinois), and a review in Booklist likened it to BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA. She illustrated two popular historical novels, SEAN’S WAR and SEAN’S QUEST, and a picture book, SOMETHING IN THE AIR. In 2011, her new novel, NOT TIMOTHY, will be published.

Title: Waiting to Forget
Author: Sheila Kelly Welch
Series: None
Publisher: Namelos
Released: September 30, 2011
Website: http://www.scbwi-illinois.org/Welch.html


Book Summary:

T.J. has always looked out for his little sister, Angela. When Momma used to go out and leave them home alone, he’d lock the door so they’d be safe, keep Angela entertained, and get out the cereal and milk for her. When Momma’s boyfriend got angry at them, he’d try to protect Angela. Later, at their foster homes, T.J. was the only one who knew how to coax his little sister out of her bad moods. The only one who understood why she made origami paper cranes and threw them out the window.

But now T.J. is sitting in the waiting room at the hospital, wondering if Angela, unconscious after a fall, will ever wake up. Wondering, too, if he will ever feel at home with his and Angela’s new parents—Marlene, who insists on calling him Timothy, and Dan, who seems to want a different son.

Going back and forth between Now and Then, weaving the uncertain present with the painful past, T.J.’s story unfolds, and with the unfolding comes a new understanding of how to move forward.



Waiting to Forget Character This or That: ANGELA


Angela is only eight years old and younger in parts of the book, so some of her preferences might change as she grows up. I’ve guessed for some of these, pretending that Angela is a teenager.

TV or Movies: Angela loves TV and misses it when her adoptive mother doesn’t keep it on all day long.

Hot or Cold: Temperamentally, Angela is more hot than cold. Remember all her tantrums?

Black or White: I can picture Angela wearing black exclusively for several years in her teens – and driving her parents crazy.

Print or Ebook: Angela will read e-books when she’s a bit older.

Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolate although she really prefers much more exotic flavors!

Regular or Diet: Angela has a sweet tooth, so regular it is.

Coke or Pepsi: I think she will like Coke in the old fashioned bottles because she likes the shape.

Horror or Romance: She’ll be a big fan of romance novels as soon as she discovers them.

Action or Drama: Angela is already a bit of a drama queen so forget “action”.

Pizza or Pasta: Pizza, definitely.

Sweet or Salty: Sweet

Summer or Winter: She loves to swim, so summer.

City or Country: Angela will grow up and move to New York City.

Harry Potter or Twilight: She’ll prefer Harry but will never be a huge fan of either book series, but she’ll like the movies.

Gum or Breath Mints: Gum because she quits sucking her thumb but likes keeping her mouth busy.

Spontaneity or Planning Ahead: I don’t see Angela being a planner, so I’ll say spontaneity.

PC or Mac: She’ll be a Mac person because she’ll like the design of the machines.

Beach or Pool: She’s never been to the beach, but after her first visit, she’ll love it.

Shoes or Sandals: Sandals like her birth mother’s.

Cats or Dogs: Both. Angela and T.J. are animal lovers – after all, I created them.

Apples or Oranges: Apples because oranges are too messy.

Cause or Effect: Angela likes to cause things to happen but doesn’t deal too well with the effects of her actions.

Heads or Tails: Tails because she likes the way dogs wag their tails.

Facebook or Twitter: Twitter, which will probably be obsolete by the time she’s ready to use it.

Truth or Dare: Angela will always choose dare because she’s not sure about what’s really the truth.

Text or Talk: Both, because Angela is a communicator no matter what the medium.

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