I love to travel, read and work in my church. I am a children's book Author and I write books that entertain and encourages reading for children up to age twelve.
Vera Harris, called "Sister" by her family, enjoys spending time with her family, traveling,
reading, listening to various types of music, and working in her church. After retiring from
the U. S. Army, which included eighteen months in Iraq, Vera now lives in East Texas and was inspired by her grandson to write her first children's book. Her fourth children’s book, “Monica and Michelle Travel the World” was released April 2018 and her first fiction eBook, “What Jury Duty!” was also recently released in March 2018. Vera’s goal is to continue to write and publish books that not only entertain but teaches valuable life’s lessons. Her books can be purchased on Amazon.com and Barnes &Noble or wherever books are sold.
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Monica and Michelle: Travel the Worldby Vera HarrisAction & Adventure Literary Fiction Christian Fiction Humor African American Interest Teen & Young Adult Children's more»
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A Bee on My Bikeby Vera HarrisPublish: Dec 21, 2014Action & Adventure Christian Fiction African American Interest Children's Parenting
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What? Jury Duty!by Vera HarrisPublish: Mar 16, 2018African American Interest General Nonfiction
Well, there are so many memories, some are sad but a lot are happy. I think one of the memories of Iraq is that my soldiers and I and so many others worked together to get the job done no matter what the situation was. And to see the looks on each of their faces when the eighteen months of combat for us was over. When we headed home and landed in Banger, Maine, how the people received us was awesome and so touching. I will never forget their kindness.Since how long have you been working in the church?
I have been working in my church since I joined the church. I work in the Women Ministry where we feed the homeless in the local community. I also work with the Senior Citizens, the Veterans of the church, visiting Pastors as well as with the Pastor of the church and I am the editor of the Church Newsletter. It is so rewarding.What do you love the most about being a children's book Author?
One of the things that I love most about being a children's book author is writing books that kids will pick up and read which will lead them to read more books, which leads to always having a passion for reading as children get older.In what ways do you think your books will entertain and encourages reading for children up to age twelve?
Some ways that my books will entertain and encourage reading for children up to age twelve is that in my books tells of stories or situations that children may have gone through or know someone that has gone through or experienced. I think when children can relate to my stories they will be motivated to read more often. I try to make the main characters look like them which is another way of encouraging reading.Which is your most favorite type of music?
I enjoy a lot of music such as gospel, R&B, soul music, and jazz.How did your grandson inspire you to write your your first children's book?
I was inspired by my grandson to write my first book, "A Bee on My Bike" because he did not enjoy reading and I wanted him to enjoy all of the wonders that reading can bring to a child's imagination. So, I wrote my first book with easy sight words and lively illustrations that I would hope to encourage children that normally do not like reading to pick up a book and see how fun it is to read. I knew my grandson was not the only kid out there that did not like reading. He likes to read now and has lot of books.What sparked the idea for your book, "Monica and Michelle: Travel the World"?
I wrote M&M Travel the World because when I was stationed in Oklahoma, I received orders to move to Germany. My daughter at the time was going into her senior year of high school and she did not want to go with me. You can imagine for a young teenager to not graduate with her friends was tough on her. But, she did go to Germany with me, She loved the school there, the new friends there and she was the secretary for her senior class. Fast forward, she graduated for General H. H. Arnold High School Wiesbaden and had a great school year. She is still friends with her high school class.Who inspired the character of Joyce in “What Jury Duty!"?
The character, Joyce from What? Jury Duty! was inspired by a person that I served on jury duty with. I have been notified of jury duty but I was never selected as a juror however, a few years ago I had the honor to be selected and to served on jury duty. It was a great experience.What is the one mistake most authors make, regardless of experience?
I think one of the mistakes authors make regardless of experience is not doing their research. When I first started writing, I was so excited that I did not do my research on a publisher and I had a bad experience with that publisher. I learned a valuable lesson because of that experience so now I do not rush to complete anything on this writing journey. It is better to take my time and produce a great book that people will enjoy reading.How was your experience of writing your first fiction eBook, “What Jury Duty!"?
My first ebook, What? Jury Duty! It was a great experience because I learned so much from doing everything myself. I did send my manuscript to an editor to help with the flow and content of the book but, I had to do all of the leg work myself. It was challenging! I am going to write another ebook in the upcoming future.How much did you research to write a funny yet informative read about Jury Duty?
All of the research that was put into writing What? Jury Duty! was from my own experience as a jury on a case. The funny parts of the story came from the people that I meet during the days that we were together. We all came from different life experiences. We took our task seriously, but some of the folks were funny enough for me to get some information that helped me write the ebook.How did you come up with the title of your book, "A Bee on My Bike"?
My grandson stayed with me for one summer. We were outside and he wanted to ride his bike. I kept telling him it was ok to ride but he was not getting on the bike. When I went to him to see what the problem was, he said, " G-Ma, there is a bee on my bike, a bee on my bike! I can not get on to ride my bike because of the bee". So, I kept that in my head for a while, then wrote it down in my journal and after a few months decided that it was a great title for a children's book.What is the sweetest fan-mail that you have ever received?
The sweetest fan-mail that I received was when a grandmother told me that her grandson wrote is a school book report from one of my books. That was so inspiring to me!Have you ever thought of collaborating and writing something with another author? If so, who would you want to work with?
I would enjoy working with the Broadcaster Hoda Kotb on a book. I admire her and I think we would work great together. I know, wishful thinking! but, you never know what's in store.What is your takeaway based on your experiences with AllAuthor? What is it about this site that you like and dislike?
My takeaway with AllAuthor is that this is a great organization that is there to encourage and help new and experienced authors to write and promote their best book ever. I have learned a lot from AllAuthor because of the diverse group of authors that have helped me learn new concepts and information that will help me become an author of outstanding children's books. I am excited to be apart of such a wonderful group of people of AllAuthor. Thank you so much.
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