Talking Books with Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell, author of THE DAFFODILS STILL GROW
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:
Title: The Daffodils Still Grow: A Book for Grieving Daughter
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.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell! Can you tell us where you are from?
I am from a small town in Tennessee.
Q: How did you come up with your title?
The Daffodils Still Grow is the phrase in the book that brings hope and insight to the main character. The fact that the daffodils still grow means that her mother is always with her and that the things her mother did for her forever live on. It’s the turning point in the book and encompasses the overall message I wanted the book to portray.
Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
I designed it and illustrated it. I wanted the book to look like a beautiful keepsake, and it was very important to me that it be colorful and vibrant and also feminine so that little girls would love it and want to keep it forever.
Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?
It is the perfect gift for daughters who lose their mother.
Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?
Just that their mothers really ARE always with them and always will be.
Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?
This is just a picture book, so it doesn’t have chapters. I enjoyed making the book as poetic as possible, though.
Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?
My mother was an elementary school librarian who always believed I would write and illustrate children’s books one day. After she passed away, I wanted to write, illustrate and publish at least one to carry on her memory.
Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?
I am expecting my own little girl now! She will be my first child, and I am curious to see how having a child will change my viewpoint of the world.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would love to go to Greece and see the architecture and artwork.
Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
A night person
Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?
No, just me.
Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?
Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?
Peace and happiness for all!
Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?
Thank YOU very much for the interview! And always remember, the daffodils still grow!