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Book Title: Doctoroo and the Case of the Red-Hot Hawaiians by
Rachel B. Wellner
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 44 pages
Genre: Children’s Book
Publisher: Wellner Media
Release Date: March 2022
Tour dates: June 6 to June 24
Content Rating: G – (No bad language, story suitable for children ages 3-7.)
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Doctoroo (also known as Dr. Marsha Roo) and her team―Kirby Koala, Louie Llama, and Terence Toad― may live in Australia, but they travel all over the world solving medical mysteries. In Doctoroo & the Case of the Red-Hot Hawaiians, they fly to The Big Island of Hawaii, where
red, hot and very itchy hula dancers are in danger of missing their Big Dance Festival. Will they have to skip the Festival, or will Doctoroo help them in time?
Meet the Author – Dr. Rachel Wellner:
Interview with Dr. Rachel Wellner
When did you first know you wanted to be an author?
Turning fifty and finishing homeschooling forced me to reevaluate my purpose in life. I’d had vague notions of “writing a book” since I was 11, and even studied Communications in college, but raising a family took priority. Of all the items on my bucket list, writing a book seemed the most doable, so I joined a writers’ group and today, I have four novels and a memoir published. I’ve begun work on Flicker of Trust, the sequel to Flame of Mercy.
When you are not writing, what other hats do you wear?
Concocting characters occupies a lot of my thoughts while I’m out in my garden, refinishing antiques for our 1919 farmhouse, driving to my part-time job as a librarian or mowing our acreage. I’m also a wife, mom of 7 grown kids (the youngest of whom still lives with us), and Oma to 10 grandchildren that I love to spend time with on the phone or in person. I lead a women’s Bible study and teach Sunday school to Grades 4-6 kids. My husband and I are responsible for his mother who is suffering decline so that takes time and care as well.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy memorizing scripture (I’m nearly finished through Romans 5), listening to political and social commentary podcasts, sewing, quilting, home décor, and recently have been following in the handprints of my mom completing some of her unfinished needlework projects.
What is your favorite vacation destination? And why?
Every year, I look forward to our three-day drive to Texas to see our son and daughter and their families for a few weeks. Someday, I still hope to see Europe, England, and Israel.
What historical figure do you admire and why?
So many! I admire Athanasius of whom it was said, Athanasius contra mundum (Athanasius against the world) for his firm stand on the deity and humanity of Christ. The many martyrs who faced horrendous deaths with faith and courage are an inspiration to me, especially those of the Reformation – Lady Jane Grey (only 18 years old and yet so learned in the scriptures, William Tyndale, Hugh Latimer. And I admire my mother for her life of selfless service.
As a former K-12 school librarian I have to ask – what is your favorite children’s book?
I read avidly as a child, but I wish I had been better directed. I’ll tell you what I despise – twaddle! Silly books that contain no conflict and that offer children “nice” drivel. Growing up, I thrived on Anne of Green Gables books and have read them all, many repeatedly. The Gammage Cup, by Carol Kendall is a gem I enjoyed as a child, read to my own children more than once, and not long ago, read to my grandchildren. Wonderful story! I really love the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones for its emphasis on how the entire Bible points to Christ, and wish I’d had it when I was young. For tots and preschoolers, nothing beats Arnold Lobel’s Frog & Toad stories, Edward Lear’s poems and rhymes (“The Owl & the Pussycat”), Beatrix Potter, Mick Inkpen (“The Great Pet Sale”), and anything by Shirley Hughes.
What advice would you give to a child or teen who wants to be a writer? T
he classic answer to this is “read, read, read” followed by “write every day.” I can’t improve on that except to add two vital additions: join a writer’s group, preferably of all ages. And second, criticism is your friend, steel yourself to receive it. When you see your work covered in red corrections, learn to accept it as love! Someone believed your writing was worth their time to offer criticism and comment. Your work will benefit if you incorporate their suggestions and especially if you understand the patterns of what they are saying about your bad habits, repetitiveness, faulty punctuation, spelling, grammar, or the like. Persevere.
That is great advice. Thank you so much for joining me today!
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I enjoyed the interview with the author, thank you for sharing
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Great interview. Cute cover.
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