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Wednesday - Bucklist of places I've been and want to go!
Friday - In the Hot Seat - authors and publishing industry professionals answering questions.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Friday Guest - Shaelee Elmore Honors Her Father
Today’s guest spotlight is a little different.It features an essay written by young girl to honor the father she lost unexpectedly.
Title: My Definition of a Dad: An Essay by Shaelee Elmore
Author: Shaelee Elmore
Release Date: Dec 2011
Publisher: Dancing With Bear Publishing (DWB Children's Line)
Blurb: On October 4, 2011 Shaelee Elmore's father, Tommy, passed away unexpectedly. The shock and grief was overwhelming for the entire family but especially Shaelee, who was "daddy's little girl". When Shae was born, Tommy quit his job in order to be a stay-at-home dad and raise his daughter.
As an English assignment, the class was asked to write an definition essay. Shaelee wrote hers about her father. So touched by Shaelee's words, her teacher made sure Shae's mom, Melinda, (an author), read the essay. In turn, Melinda sent the essay to her publisher, Dancing With Bear Publishing.
Because Tommy had passed away at such a young age with no insurance, the family was left in a financial bind. DWB decided to publish Shaelee's essay because it was so touching and because Shaelee is a talented writer and very articulate, and because DWB wanted to help the family as much as possible. 100% of the sales from this book go to Shae's college fund.
Melinda Elmore's book Journey to Christmas Creek is also a benefit for the family. 100% of the sales for one year goes directly to the Elmore family to help pay final expenses.
The love my dad showed me was unconditional love. No matter what, my dad
loved me. I was, and still am, “daddy's girl.” He showed me what true and unconditional
love means. I will never ever forget how he loved me and my family. He was the best dad
anyone could have.
Shaelee is a homeschooled 7th grader, who has been an honor student since she started school. She lives in Arizona with her mother, Melinda, and older brother, Erik, whom she says she treasures and loves dearly, and a cat named, Feather. She loves singing, writing her own music, and designing clothing.
Her family is the most important thing to her. The loss of her father has had a dramatic effect on her, as it has her mother and brother. Shaelee says she was a daddy’s girl, and the two shared a bong like no other. She is happy to have her mother by her side, and says they share everything.
Shaelee loves helping animals and plans to attend college one day. She would like to have a career as a clothing designer.