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Book Title: THE ELEGANT EMU (a Harmony Adventure) by Karen M. Bobos
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 40 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book, Fairy Tale
Publisher: Bobos Babes, Ltd.
Release date: June 2022
Content Rating: G for everyone.
The magical sisters are enrolled in an etiquette class when their manners are not fit for the king and queen of the enchanted land of Harmony. Can Elizabeth the Emu help the royal sisters?
In the beautiful and peaceful land of Harmony, three magical sisters, the Bobos Babes, uproot the kingdom’s tranquility with some not-so-polite actions -nose-picking, belching, and other noisy…expulsions. Their parents, the King and Queen, enroll the sisters in the elegant Elizabeth the Emu’s etiquette class where they learn manners and other ways to self-improve like being on time, politeness, and proper personal hygiene.
Elizabeth the Emu explains to Angel Scarlet, Princess Daphne, and Fairy Cora that having proper etiquette is more than good manners, it’s about being kind and courteous. And for the sisters? Well, let’s just say that they will be needing more than one lesson from Elizabeth the Emu’s etiquette class.
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Meet the Author:
Karen M. Bobos is the multi-award-winning author of the Adventures in Harmony series, which was created in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. While living in a city of unrest, her family left Chicago to stay with her mother in Northwest Indiana for several months. She and her husband were determined to keep life filled with wonder and magic for their three daughters, Scarlett (6), Daphne (5), and Cora (3). The Adventures in Harmony series was created to entertain her daughters during their stay at Gigi’s home and is filled with characters from the sisters’ world. Everyone deserves to escape to a land filled with love and adventure where creatures co-exist and happiness awaits.
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Did you learn anything interesting from your research when writing The Elegant Emu?
Yes! I learned a lot of interesting etiquette facts. For example, when you drop your napkin or fork, it’s appropriate to quietly let your server know rather than trying to pick it up. You should never go under the table. This has made dining with children so much nicer. My kids were always going under the table to pick things up. Now, if they drop something, they simply wait in their seat for their server to take care of it. Now, only if we could limit how many things that we drop.
Do you dine out with your children a lot?
We dine out at a restaurant at least once a week. I do not enjoy cooking, and we live downtown Chicago with a plethora of fabulous restaurants within walking distance. We have a family ritual to go to mass on Saturday evenings followed by a family dinner. My husband travels for work during the week. In addition to being a writer, I own a wellness company in Chicago. This gives us quality family time without me serving everyone and then having to clean an entire kitchen.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Well, I am a mother of three little girls (a.k.a. The Bobos Babes), and my husband works away from home during the week. I write while they are in activities. My life is a bit chaotic. I need to hire an assistant to allow more time to write. Sometimes, when I am having trouble sleeping, I will write from my laptop or phone from bed.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Hmmm… I love a clean desk, a candle burning, fresh flowers in a vase nearby, and my giant Bernese Mountain Dog snuggled at my feet to get my creative writing juices flowing. I am laughing as I say this because my desk is such a mess right now.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have written 11 Adventures in Harmony and one chapter book that is related to the series. I am in the middle of one Adventure in Harmony, and I am in the middle of one chapter book. I have five published books, well, The Elegant Emu is my sixth published book in the series. Each book has a special place in my heart because I wrote them for my daughters and the characters represent people in their life. I love The Lion’s Secret because it is a dedication to my parents and represents my father watching over my mother from heaven … although I do get a lot of feedback that readers would like a different ending.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Ever since I started writing stories, I wanted to be an author. My Bachelor’s degree is in English. I graduated thinking I was going to be a famous author. A guidance counselor told me that was a pipe dream and what did I really want to do. Well, several different careers later, I circled back to being a writer. Never let anyone stand in the way of your dreams.
Do you have any suggestions to help new authors?
Oh gosh, keep going! Life is so full of challenges. There is always something that will get in the way of your dreams. Don’t get discouraged by a negative review here or there. It’s not normal for everyone to like everything, so be prepared for some negativity along the way. My other piece of advice would be to write a little every day – even if it’s just a paragraph. The consistency will make your writing better.
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