After a few years, I still felt it could be done and started “It's Story Time.”
For “It's Story Time,” I have the help of the wonderful author, Jan Britland, who takes time from her own promotion to help out with reading for authors who for one reason or another can’t come on and read their own stories. For “Halo Kids Tales” I have not found a reader to help do the same for the show.
I have to go to Facebook, Goodreads and other sites and ask authors for the most part. I feel this is a shame since my show has a good audience and is free publicity for them. The shows are archived so not only can the audience come back and listen to the stories but the author can post the show to their own websites as a promotion.
LORILYN: Why do a faith-based reading show for children?
LORILYN: What are your own children's books about?
J.D.: I have three children’s books out right now. Two picture books: “Janoose The Goose” and “The Spy Game,” and one chapter book for 6 to 8 year olds, “The Great Snowball Escapade.”
All my stories are right out of my childhood. For instance, my first name is Janice and “Janoose The Goose” was a nickname my dad called me affectionately when I was very young. Once I was a teen he began calling me J.D.
As a kid, I loved sleigh riding. In the “Great Snowball Escapade,” that is the favorite thing the young girl in the story enjoys. My brother, Ike, asked me to take a puppy his dog, Sheba, had. My brother named him Sidney Reilly after a spy series he and I watched together. At the time I had a dog and didn’t think my older dog would be happy with a new addition. My brother felt sure this dog was for me and he kept it with that in mind.
When the puppy was 11 months old, my brother died of a heart attack and Sidney came to me. I was wrong to think that my dog Snoopy and Sidney would not get along. They did in their own way. Although this did not happen in real life, in “The Spy Game,” I have my brother bring Sidney to my character’s house to live.
J.D. Holiday’s children's books are: JANOOSE THE GOOSE, THE SPY GAME and the chapter book for 6 to 8 year olds, THE GREAT SNOWBALL ESCAPADE. Click on the titles here and you will will be taken to Amazon if you would like to check them out.