Sunday, December 1, 2013

Interview with Children’s Author Cheryl Malandrinos


Cheryl is a children’s author from Western Massachusetts. A Christmas Kindness is her second Christmas book, but her first book with 4RV Publishing. She is also a member of the SCBWI. Cheryl is married with two young children and a son who is married. Visit her online at

Welcome back to my blog, Cheryl. Please tell us about this Christmas story.

Thanks for having me, Linda. It’s always great to be here. A Christmas Kindness is the story of an eight-year-old boy named Robert who helps a friend in need while visiting a mall Santa on Christmas Eve. Robert comes with a long wish list, but after meeting Glenn, he decides there is something more special he can ask for.

Where did you get your inspiration for this novel?

Christmas is a time when it’s easy for kids to get caught up in the gifts they will receive. I wanted a subtle way to share the message of thinking of others with my children.

That’s a wonderful message. What age group will be interested in this book?

This is an early chapter reader, so kids 4 to 8 will be most interested; though I hope families will find the book’s message worth sharing with everyone.

I think it’s interesting when authors add real life situations to their stories. Did you put real experiences in this book?

As a Sunday school teacher for the past 25 years, I’m always looking for new ways to share Biblical values with my students. Though A Christmas Kindness is not based upon any real experiences that I know of, it is definitely a story that could take place anywhere.

Thank you so much for this interview, Cheryl. It was really fun to share this wonderful children’s story with my readers. I would encourage everyone to get this book for your children during this Christmas season.


Mozi Esme said...

My 6yo definitely needs that message! I keep looking for books that point her in the right direction, but she was in tears tonight as I talked about needing to give some of her "stuff" away out of her overcrowded room...

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Ann Summerville said...

Love the cover - this sounds like a great one to read to my grandchildren.

Shawna said...

My daughter is 9, an only child and very giving, but is confused about Santa and this might be a good book to help with that transition. Sounds like a great story! Thanks for the info!
Anmlvrami at yahoo dot com

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the interview, Linda. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Jane, I have one child who hates to part with anything. Both of my girls used to be that way, but the oldest one is realizing now that she has too much stuff that she doesn't use. Thankfully, we have an annual tag sale at church and are able to donate some things.

Thanks to everyone for their comments. I'll be back to check in later in case anyone has questions.

Wishing you many blessings this Christmas season.

Amy C said...

Lovely interview with Cheryl. I think my daughter would enjoy her book. She loves to read.
Thank you
campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Becky said...

A Christmas Kindness sounds like a wonderful story. I think that is a message everyone should learn and share. This would be a wonderful story to read and share with my great nieces and great nephews.

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a wonderful story. I would give this to my DIL's nieces.

Sonja said...

I would love to be able to give my grandkids this book for Christmas. I know they would really love it.
Sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

krissy992 said...

I love that this is from a Sunday School teacher. I, along with my mom and sister, teach Sunday School classes. This would be a very cute book to use!

LAWonder said...

You know I am always looking for Children's books to review!
Thanks for the giveaway.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for your kind words, everyone. Good luck to all who enter.

AshleighSwerdfeger said...

Siunds like a cute book.Perfect for kids.

Unknown said...

This looks like a wonderful book for my 4 and 7 yr old boys to read.

Cheryl said...

Thanks to everyone for your comments and entries.

Our winner is Shawna. I'll be emailing her today.

Thanks again. Merry Christmas everyone!