Sunday, December 20, 2020

Little Lamb Books Spotlight: C is for Christmas by Michelle Medlock Adams

Interview with Michelle Medlock Adams about her book, 
C is for Christmas:

Congratulations on the publication of your holiday story! Let’s talk about it …

Alexis: Why do you believe that Jesus is the reason for the season?

Michelle: I believe Jesus is the reason for the season because He is the whole reason we celebrate Christmas. God gave us the greatest gift when He sent His Son to earth on that first Christmas Day.

Alexis: How do you go about showing your readers the reason for this belief?

Michelle: I have written five Christmas-themed children’s books including “C is for Christmas”, and in all of them, I try my best to point readers back to Jesus. In “C is for Christmas”, I intentionally meshed traditional family themes and biblically significant images. For instance, A is for Angels who announced the birth of Jesus, while O is for Ornaments that we hang on the tree each year.

Alexis: What do you want readers to remember most about this Christmas holiday book? Why?

Michelle: My hope is that families will use “C is for Christmas” as one of their 12 books of Christmas, and incorporate the reading of “C is for Christmas” into their family’s holiday traditions year after year. I want all of my children’s books to be infused with hope and heart, and I also desire that my books be fun to read aloud. I think we hit the mark with “C is for Christmas” on all three of those goals. I’m very proud of this little picture book that Little Lamb Books published. Of all of my books, this one has won the most awards—8 in all!

Alexis: Did you listen to Christmas music while writing this story? If so, share your favorite song.

Michelle: I am obsessed with Christmas, so I begin listening to Christmas music even before Halloween. My children always tease me about that. But, no, I didn’t listen to Christmas music while writing “C is for Christmas” but I did watch a lot of Christmas Hallmark movies. I wrote while they played in the background.

Alexis: In what ways do you hope this book will bring parents and children together while reading it?

Michelle: I love a book that encourages that special cuddle-up time—kids on parents’ laps, reading together, and making precious memories. I would love “C is for Christmas” to bring families together in that way.

Alexis: What makes the Christmas holiday season so delightful and how did you capture and show these celebratory elements in your book?

Michelle: Christmas and family traditions go hand-in-hand, and I think “C is for Christmas” features many of those favorite family celebratory holiday moments, such as: baking cookies together, hanging ornaments on the tree, visiting family and friends, wrapping presents and tying ribbons on each package, etc. Though I only wrote the words for this special Christmas picture book, the artwork really brings it to life. I am so grateful for Louis Hargreaves, the talented illustrator, who partnered with me on this project.

Alexis: In what ways do you think that Jesus being the reason for this season brings hope to the world?

Michelle: If the world ever needed hope, it’s now. Sure, Christmas has become somewhat commercialized over the years, but this year, many people have slowed down and focused on what is really important in life—faith and family. With Jesus at the center of our lives and all of our family get-togethers and celebrations, faith and love and hope will also dwell. As we keep Jesus the center of our lives, that hope will live big in us and radiate to all we encounter.

Alexis: Thanks for the interview, Michelle! Would you like to share closing thoughts?

In all of my books, whether I’m writing for women or children, the message of hope and encouragement is a common thread. But, during the Christmas season, I also want to share about the real meaning of Christmas—that Jesus is the best present of all. Merry Christmas!

Author Bio:

Michelle Medlock Adams is a best-selling author and an award-winning journalist, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association. 

Author of over 100 books with more than 4 million books sold, Michelle is also a New York Times Bestselling ghostwriter and has won more than 70 industry awards for her journalistic endeavors, including the prestigious Golden Scroll for Best Children’s Book in 2020, 2019 and 2018 for How Much Does God Love You?, Dinosaur Devotions, and My First Day of School. And, over the past three years, she has added several first place honors from the Christian Market Book Awards, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, and the Illumination Book Awards in multiple categories.

Since graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University, Michelle has written more than 1,500 articles for newspapers, magazines and websites; acted as a stringer for the Associated Press; written for a worldwide ministry; hosted “Joy In Our Town” for the Trinity Broadcasting Network; blogged twice weekly for Guideposts from 2013 to 2015; written a weekly column for a Midwest newspaper; and served as an adjunct professor at Taylor University three different years.

Today, Michelle is President of Platinum Literary Services, a premier full-service literary firm; Chairman of the Board of Advisors for Serious Writer, Inc.; an online instructor for the Serious Writer Academy; and a much sought-after speaker at writers conferences and women’s retreats all over the United States.

When not working on her own assignments, Michelle ghostwrites articles, blog posts, and books for celebrities, politicians, and some of today’s most effective and popular ministers.

Michelle is celebrating the recent release of her books, What Is America?; How Much Does God Love You?; Platinum Faith (co-authored with Bethany Jett); They Call Me Mom (co-authored with Bethany Jett); Cuddle-Up Prayers; The Perfect Persimmon; and I Love You Bigger Than the Sky.

Michelle is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeff, and they have two daughters, Abby and Allyson, two sons-in-law, two granddaughters and two grandsons.

She and Jeff share their home in Southern Indiana with a miniature dachshund, a rescue Greyhound/Lab mix, and two cats.

When not writing or teaching writing, Michelle enjoys bass fishing, cheering on Indiana University sports teams and the Chicago Cubbies, and all things leopard print.

Today, Michelle is also President of Platinum Literary Services—a premier full-service literary firm.

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C is for Christmas book blurb:

Jesus is the reason for the season! It’s as easy as A-B-C! 

Pairing scenes from the first Christmas with the traditions of today, this book brings together all the very best elements of the season into a delightful read-aloud that families will turn to year after year.

The gang’s all here—Mary and Joseph, the three kings, the shepherds, and the big man in red—but the focus is clearly on Jesus. On every page, this beautiful book witnesses to the great love that came into the world on the night a precious baby was born.

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