Grannygirl Press is a small independent publisher specializing in books and stories that transcend all age levels.
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Often the first thing a person will ask me when they discover that I’m a writer is, “What do you write?”
For a person who uses words as the tools of her trade, that question usually leaves me hemming and hawing. I’ve written several books and I find it extremely difficult to categorize them and fit them into neat little pigeon-holes. I write mystery and adventure, memoirs and biographies--and I'm hoping to publish my children's stories soon, as soon as the illustrations are finished. I go where my writing takes me--from great-grandpa's Civil War memoir, to stories rooted in my own personal experiences, to historical fiction, the paranormal, and picture books for younger children (and grownups as well.)
There are three basic tools I use as a writer--- Research, recall, and imagination Research and recall to give my stories a foundation; imagination to give them wings.
Another difficult question for me to answer is, “Who is your audience?”
I have to say, “Anyone who likes to read." I’ve presented my books to grade school audiences and senior citizens and everyone in-between. I have a voice recording from a seven-year old boy whose mother read him The Flip-flop Year, thanking me for the story and telling me how much he liked it and telephone calls from a 90 year-old women telling me the same thing.
As an author and storyteller, my goal is to write books that are as fun and interesting for adults to read as they are for younger people. I don't think the age of the protagonist should determine the age of the reader, but rather should be the age best suited to tell the tale.
I especially enjoy writing books in which the protagonist is early or preteen, usually a girl. (Sometimes I wonder if I am being channeled by my ten year-old alter-ego, or if I'm a thirteen-year old girl trapped in the body of this 70+ year old woman.) At any rate, ten to thirteen is a great age. It's the age of adventure; the age of discovery, both of the world and of oneself; the age at which one is developing the ability to navigate life experiences independently; and the age of seeing the world through fresh eyes with new insights.(Think Tom Sawyer.) Oh to be young again.
"What makes a good book?"
For me, a good book must, first of all, tell a good story, but also, it should not be an empty vessel. It should be filled to the brim with content appealing to the reader whatever the age on many different levels. If they learn something new in the process of reading the book, so much the better.
June Gossler Anderson
I just finished reading The Shaman Stone. I loved the book! It was really interesting and a fun read. I learned a lot about the different history and culture of the Native Americans and the Hmong. What a great book. I would like to purchase some copies for the media center.
Isanti Intermediate/School For All Seasons
Brother Bob arrived here with a copy of The Shaman Stone. While he went to Farm Fest, I had a much better time staying home reading your book. I greatly enjoyed it and would like to have my own copy.
I have a request. I would like to purchase your book for my granddaughter (13). I read The Shaman Stone (borrowed) and really enjoyed it.
I only have had a chance to read the opening and part of the first chapter of your Shaman Stone and I want you to know it sucked me in right away. It is so very interesting! I enjoyed our discussion and look forward to having you on our show and having you come over and do a book signing this fall.
Lisa Christenson LC Publishing
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Well done, June! The Flip-flop Year is a delightful fictionalized memory. I'm amazed at how accurate you are in using details from that era. How did you do it? Did you sit and think of yourself as that young girl and imagine your day at school? Did you have a diary? Did you read descriptions of how it was to be living in Minneapolis in the forties? Whatever, it worked. I really got a kick out of reliving memories that have evidently been dormant for 64 years. Best of all, you have captured the voice of a young girl, a girl that was precocious and has continued to be observant and creative. This is a skill that is not easy to achieve in fiction. It is an achievement that Salinger was able to pull off. You trick the reader into thinking they are feeling the first person emotions of someone much younger.
You mentioned that I played a part in the story, but unless i was the war hero, I didn't find that to be true. I was not a member of the 28ers (Bobo, Bud, Rags, etc.) who harangued "Baldy." Perhaps I guessed that "Dick" may have been Dana (an important spirit in my life) who lived on that street, who was at that time, a thug and gave me my worst beating in grade school and later became my hero. I remember Miss Coffit. She was really nice to me, in part, perhaps, because she had been so mean to my older sister.
My favorite parts in your book were: the red crayon incident, and the last two lines of your winning poem.
Thanks for the memories, June
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I just wanted to send you a quick note and tell you thanks for putting on the workshop. I found it helped me to put into perspective what it will take to self-publish a book. Prior to that, I felt it would be far too monumental a job and did not know exactly where to begin, so thanks.
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