It is the legends and tales that call even the most reluctant of us into the world of books and adventure.
As a retired high school English teacher, I have a passion for working with kids. Reading and Writing are essential skills for everyone, but especially for kids as they grow into their adult lives. I conduct Medieval Writing Workshops for local elementary/middle schools and the Colorado Girl Scouts. Medieval Legends and Ancient Tales mirror everyone's quest for adventure, self, honor, friendship. I have joined with two other Tween authors to present the best of these adventure-filled books to Tween and YA readers. Join us at our new web site (which is still getting tweaked) to view all of our books. The Quest Books span centuries and take readers inside the marvelous civilizations of the Ancient and Medieval world Cheryl loves to travel, and so her other job is with a major airline. Her favorite trip was a two week visit to Egypt with her husband that included traveling by local train from one end of Egypt to the other. Some of her favorite books are: "The Hobbit," "The Lord of the Rings," Golding's "Lord of the Flies" and "The Once and Future King" by T.H. White was all written to offer hope to a world embroiled in another world war. "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens illustrates how unselfish true love enables people to offer the supreme sacrifice to preserve that love, while Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment" shows how circumstances can cause people to do despicable acts. The one book that connects of all of these texts as well as a multitude of others is Joseph Campbell's "The Hero with a Thousand Faces." The journey of the hero, depicted by Campbell, is a universal theme that never dies out.
Cheryl’s Writings: Cheryl’s first book 'Guinevere: On The Eve Of Legend' introduces young readers to the timeless King Arthur Legend and Guinevere the girl as she struggles with growing up and fulfilling her destiny. I hope young readers develop an understanding of the girl Guinevere, how she is like them today. Everyone has to grow up; everyone has unpleasant choices to make; and regardless of when we are born or how old we are, we don't always get our way. And when that happens, we have to accept it and move on. Good lessons for any age. "King Arthur's Story" is a short excerpt cut from "Guinevere" in the final editing. Only available as an e-book, it gives readers a brief glimpse into Arthur's reasons for seeking marriage with Guinevere.
The Legend of King Arthur continues to transcend the Centuries and All Age Groups because:
(1) The Legend is packed with adventure. Tales of knights fighting knights, rescuing damsels in distress, and the quest for the Holy Grail are found in vivid detail throughout the unending array of stories.
(2) The Legend is about heroes, the Knights of the Round Table: Lancelot, Tristram, Percival, Galahad and the many others. Specifically it is about the main hero, King Arthur.
(3) The Legend is about magic and mystery. Merlyn, the most famous magician ever, lives backwards in time!
(4) The Legend is about women and love. The regal Guinevere; the mysterious half sisters of Arthur: Morgan le Fay, Morgause, and Elaine; the witch Nimue who tricks Merlyn into revealing his secrets and then encloses him for life in a cave. The one thing all these women have in common is that they are misunderstood. Writers can't even cast them into the same mold, especially the sisters.
(5) The Legend is about Hope. Arthur and his kingdom are essentially a utopia; a perfect world, at least in the beginning. There is a definite line between right and wrong. Chivalry rules the day. Arthur is the ruler who works not for himself, but for his people. In the time period that "The Once and Future King" was written (WWII), the Legend offered a safe haven for people's dreams. It continues to do that and that is why she loves it.
News: Cheryl has just started publishing my children's picture books under the series Grandma's Tales. The first one is “What if I Went to the Circus and Came Home with?” Her current work-in-progress takes her readers out of Medieval England and back to Ancient Egypt for a visit with a famous pharaoh! Stay tuned. She loves to hear from her readers of all ages. Please contact her and let her know what you think of her books. You may contact her through her web site Beyond Today: (http://www.beyondtodayeducator.com).
What, or who, inspired you to become a writer? I loved reading stories that sent me to another place and time (and I still do). I have always wanted to create my own stories. However, I started to write in earnest after my years as a high school English teacher. I want to inspire reluctant readers to become readers.
When did you begin writing with the intention of being published? Probably about 20 years ago.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and why? Yes. As a high school teacher, I came into contact each year with students who did not like to read. I wanted to reach those students before high school in hopes of making readers out of them. I found the King Arthur Legend to be a great vehicle for this.
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? A little of both. I knew from the beginning with “Guinevere” that I was going to give readers an insight into Guinevere before she married Arthur. So adding “On the Eve of Legend” just felt right from the start. With my next book I planned on titling it “Young Knights of the Round Table,” but didn't add “The King's Ransom” until nearly half the book was finished.
Why do you write in the genre(s) that you’ve chosen? I chose Children's Literature because elementary school is where students become readers. Also, I still love to read that genre!
What has been your most rewarding experience while in the writing process? The creative process I go through with each story is very rewarding. I loved being able to share my journey with my students.
What has been your most negative experience while in the writing process? I really haven't had a negative experience, but I did have to go back to “Young Knights” once I thought I was finished and totally rewrite one of the characters.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Learning, learning, and learning!
What has been your most negative experience in your publishing journey? It's just frustrating at times, like learning any new skill.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Keep positive and believe in yourself, your work, and your vision.
Who is your favorite author and why? This is a hard question. Probably J R R Tolkien. He was a fabulous storyteller who managed to include morality in his books that stayed with the readers.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I do writing workshops for elementary schools and the Girl Scouts. In addition to reading, I believe that all kids and adults can learn to write. It is a matter of building confidence in the prospective writer and that is what we work on in the writing workshops. I guess that once a person is an educator, that teaching and encouraging nature stays with them.
Featured Book: Tutankhamen Speaks – by Cheryl Carpinello
Hundreds of years ago, scrolls that would alter the view of Ancient Egypt’s most famous pharaoh were lost. Rumors through the ages said the scrolls told of a time that the Pharaoh Tutankhamen spoke from beyond the grave. No one who heard of these scrolls believed that the scrolls had ever existed. Then following the Arab Spring in 2011, S. L. Wood, an Egyptian scholar, made an amazing discovery in the basement of the Cairo Museum. Read the story from the lost scrolls that recorded the Boy King’s words from beyond the grave.
Message From The Author: “Tutankhamen Speaks is the basis for my current Work-in-Progress Sons of the Sphinx. Ancient Egypt has always fascinated me, as it has thousands of others. When my husband and I visited Egypt in 2008, we traveled on our own. After arriving in Cairo, we explored the Giza Plateau. The Sphinx and the Pyramids took my breath away. Touching the blocks of Khufu's pyramid connected me to the builders of that pyramid over 3000 years ago. We traveled the length of Egypt twice by train. I could talk for hours of the magnificent monuments we explored: the temple at Abu Simbel, Luxor and Karnak temples, the Colossi of Memnon, the Valley of the Kings and of the Queens. I would return in a heartbeat to that magical land. I lost part of my soul to that ancient land. Since then, I've read all that I can, fiction and non-fiction, set in or dealing with ancient Egypt. When the King Tut exhibit was in Denver in 2010, I went three times! We also went to hear Dr. Zahi Hawass' lecture.
Some Of My Favorite Reads:
Beneath the Sands of Egypt by Archaeologist Donald P. Ryan
Non-fiction Omm Sety's Egypt By Dorothy Eady
A memoir Discovering Tut-ankh-Amen's Tomb edited by Shirley Glubok
Non-fiction The Lost Army of Cambyses by Paul Sussman; fictional series”
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
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