Carole P. Roman –  If You Were Me and Lived in…

Sometimes Writing Is A Great Gift To Yourself:

The idea came to me just before waking, when you are in that delicious state between dreaming and waking. I was sure it was my mom telling me to do something I loved, just for me.

I started writing on a dare from my children. I published a bunch of books about a beardless pirate captain who loves to play with his imaginary pirate ship. The books are loosely based on playtime with my grandchildren and are rather personal. I am surprised sometimes by their universal appeal. I guess everybody loves a pirate.

However, that is not the series I am writing about. I am a former social studies teacher that hasn’t taught in close to forty years. I left the classroom because jobs were scarce and my husband needed help with our fledgling business. I missed teaching, not the grading papers, or dealing with parents or administrations. I missed the exchange of ideas. Watching a child’s face light up when they got a concept, understood where the lesson was going.

Sure, I helped every kid in the family. I was the “go to” mom or aunt who helped with the project or homework. I never minded, but it wasn’t what I wanted to discuss, it was what they had to do for school.

So, on that special morning when the idea came to me, by the time I arrived at the table for breakfast, I knew the name and exactly what and where I was going. I expected resistance from the family. I sat and told them the name of my series waiting for the disdainful, “Who is going to want to read that?” remark.

It never came. Everybody supported the concept. If You Were Me and Lived in… was born.

I wanted a series exploring customs and culture for the grade school set, to explore things that textbooks ignore. I wished to speak to a child on their level and discuss what they would want to know about this great and glorious world.

The first book didn’t do well with the critics. It seemed that other writers had done it better, more thorough, with better information.
My husband said “don’t let them crush your dream.” This is an important idea. Keep going!

And I did. The books kept coming. I just completed number 21. The series was embraced by educators, parents, and most importantly, children. They love it. It speaks to them instead of at them. It’s fun to learn what you might eat in Poland, what hat you might wear in Russia, what type of money they use in Greece. It’s interesting to see that the words mommy and daddy sound the same in many parts of the world. The critics came around too; the series is not only best-selling but award-winning as well.

In a world that is growing smaller each day, rife with intolerance, perhaps these books can build bridges to understanding the people around our globe, so children everywhere can learn we are not so different after all.

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015.

Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, IAN Award, Moonbeam Award 2014, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist, Shelf Media Outstanding Series Award, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader’s Views Children’s Book of the Year 2013. Roman is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series, If You Were Me and Lived in… that explores customs and cultures around the world. She has co-authored a self help book, Navigating Indieworld A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.
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C. JoyBell C. – The Conversation of Merachefet

Indulca mei radices.

The Conversation of Merachefet: A Book of Secrets is best interpreted as “an intrinsic esoteric conversation” in which the essence of all purpose and of all universal form are discussed.

A free-flowing dialogue designed as a single lengthy conversation, this writing is described by the author to be her “most revealing work ever.” The pages within will take you on an inward odyssey of seraphic discoveries, which can be likened only unto pure magic, raw wisdom, and deific insight.

The word “Merachefet” itself is given to mystical terminology. It has been discussed, highly valued by, the wisest of ancient rabbis and sages.

The name C. JoyBell C. has become synonymous with the virtues of wisdom and beauty, while her globally scattered words are readily gathered by people from all walks of life; from the most respected of doctors, professors, astronomers, movers and shakers of the world today; to the most current celebrities and the humblest of individuals in society! Such an equanimity and symphony are produced by her words, however, have you ever stopped to ask yourself what the root of all this is, where it all comes from? Within the covers of this book, you will find those roots uncovered, exposing a pure and eternal form of knowledge that will render you to an utterly Elysian experience.

C. JoyBell C. is the most frequently quoted Author on Goodreads, is a leading female Thinker and Writer in our world today, and is a Mentor to many modern-day Leaders, as well as an Inspirational Figure to people from all walks of life. She has transformed the face of what it means to be wise and knowledgable, giving life to a new image of the modern-day Renaissance Woman. She is at the same time both timeless and youthful. The Author of various books on Soul Alchemy, Esoterica, Poetry, Philosophy of Mind, Parenting and Fiction; she remains accessible to her readers and in touch with her fans.


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