The Daffodils Still Grow was inspired by diary entries of the author/illustrator, Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell, after the death of her mother when she was 14. “My mother committed suicide when I was 14, and after nearly a year of crying and hurting, I was surprised -- almost shocked -- to see the daffodils she planted right before her death still bloom again. It was a big wake-up call to me that, even though she was gone, I could still carry on without her FOR her. Somehow, our loved ones still find a way of communicating with us when we need it the most." Sherri Elizabeth now attends Seton Hill University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. She has a BA in both communications and studio arts from Austin Peay State University. She hopes that every parent will know how irreplaceable and loved they are to their children and that every child who has lost a parent will know they are not alone. Remember, the daffodils still grow!
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About the Book:
Author: Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell
Publisher: Mascot Books
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
The Daffodils Still Grow is a full-color illustrated book that portrays life after a loved one dies as seen from the observations of a motherless child. “Beautiful and inspiring.”
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- The Daffodils Still Grow is available at Amazon.
- Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
- Watch a narrated video of the book at YouTube.
- Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
Can you tell us what your book is about?
The Daffodils Still Grow: A Book for Grieving Daughters is a full-color illustrated book that portrays life after a loved one dies as seen from the observations of a motherless child.
Why did you write your book?
As a child and teen, I wrote about things I experienced. Dealing with tragedies as a child can sometimes leave a person feeling alone and misunderstood, but writing helps release those emotions, especially if you feel you can't talk about those things with other people. The Daffodils Still Grow: A Book for Grieving Daughters was inspired by diary entries I wrote as a child while grieving for my mother. It gives a voice to children who experience that loss and also shares some hopeful insight about how a mother’s love and legacy continues on.
Who influenced you to write your book?
My mother was an elementary school librarian, and she believed that when I grew up, I would write and illustrate children’s books. I wanted to create and publish at least one children’s book in her honor.
What would you do with an extra hour today if you could do anything you wanted?
I would definitely write and create artwork.
What do you like the most about being an author?
When I receive letters from people telling me that my writing gave them a voice and helped them know that they aren't alone, it makes me feel like there’s nothing more valuable in this world than I can do other than to write for them.
What kind of advice would you give other non-fiction authors?
I simply go by the old advice, “Write what you know.” I think that by doing so, the writing comes from an authentic place and has the ability to connect with others on a deeper, more personal level.
Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell is giving away a The Daffodils Still Grow T-shirt!
Terms & Conditions:
- By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
- One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one The Daffodils Still Grow t-shirt
- This giveaway begins February 1 and ends April 29.
- Winners will be contacted via email on April 30.
- Winners have 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!