Kathleen J. Shields

Biography

Kathleen J. Shields is an award winning author, having won first place for Best Educational Children’s Series from the Texas Association of Authors in 2015, and the Purple Dragonfly Award in 2017 for the Hamilton Troll Cookbook.
She has 27 published books ranging from illustrated children’s books, tween chapter books, young adult and adult, as well as Christian Fiction.
She is currently working on the third book of The Painting Trilogy, her memoirs, along with a fun factual story called Turtle Diaries. Her hope is to teach young readers more interesting tidbits about various turtle species through the first person perspective of a tortoise.
During the week, she runs her own businesses (plural); a website and graphic design company, and a publishing house where she assists new authors in making their dreams come to reality.
Over the weekends, you can usually find her setup at a market day, craft show, church bizarre or any place that will let her setup a table to promote and sell her books, throughout the Texas Hill Country.
She also thoroughly enjoys visiting schools and libraries, reading to young children and inspiring 3rd through 5th graders into using their imaginations to embellish their creative writing skills.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was 12 years old. I loved coming up with my own stories and adventures. I was the hero and I could do anything I literally dreamed of. Any child with an active enough imagination can tell a story, and with technology today, speech to text - that child can write a story now too. My goal as an author is to encourage children to write because, so long as you have an imagination, you don't have to be stuck in whatever circumstances you feel stuck in. Your only limitation is your own imagination!
What motivated you to become an author?
I spent so much time as a youth, writing my own adventures and telling anyone who would listen about my stories, I realized that becoming an author was simply the next step. In 2001 I became a published author and I've been writing and pushing forward ever since. The only thing now, that could get me to stop - is if my imagination simply stopped imagining.
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Where to find Kathleen J. Shields online


Where to buy in print


Videos

Troll Snot Cooking Demonstration Live
At the McKinney Book Festival author Kathleen J. Shields did a live cooking demonstration showing how easy and fun it is to create Troll Snot, an easy to make recipe from the award winning children's cookbook - Hamilton Troll Cookbook

Series

The Painting Trilogy
The Father, Son and Holy Ghost are depicted in this symbolic interpretation of a Christian message.

The Painting

Price: $2.99 USD.

The Painting 2

Price: $2.99 USD.
The Hamilton Troll Adventures
An award-winning educational, rhyming story series for young readers. These books teach social skills (how to make friends, practice makes perfect, facing your fears) animal characteristics (like young skunks can't control their scent gland, and some bees are color blind), vocabulary words (with definitions throughout the book), science (where fossils come from, how petrified wood is made) and more. There is a coloring book, curriculum activity book and even a children's cookbook in this highly entertaining series!
Kaitlyn Jones Trilogy
Kaitlyn discovers she has the gift of telepathy and telekinesis, as well as dreams that see into the future. In the first book, she is in High School when she discovers these gifts and she must determine how to deal with them. In the 2nd book she becomes a police officer, then a body guard, working her way up to Secret Service. In the 3rd book, she becomes a secret agent and reunited with her past in an explosive conclusion!

Books

The Painting 2
Series: The Painting Trilogy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,860. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2019 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy, Fiction » Inspirational
When Benjamin was born into the Painting he realized he had to learn this world like any other person, but he had one thing very important going for him – he was the Painter’s son.
The Day Hell Froze Over
You set the price! Words: 3,440. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2019 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
The day the devil thought could never happen - happens and his world gets turned upside down.
Ethan's Reception, a Story of Hardship and Acceptance
Price: Free! Words: 6,380. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2017 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 1 review)
FiFi was not happy the day Ethan was brought home from the animal shelter... but Ethan was enthralled! Having spent months in doggy jail, Ethan was bound and determined to show his new parents how appreciative he truly was.
Ghost Dogs
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,230. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2017 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
"I see dead dogs." As a toddle Jamie begins seeing ghost dogs but is unable to describe what he's seeing until later on. Growing up with this gift has its ups and downs; and a unique responsibility to do something good with it.
The Dog who cried WOOF!
Price: Free! Words: 2,100. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2017 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
(5.00 from 1 review)
Young puppy Riley is learning what it's like to be on lookout duty for daddy. It's a lonely job, thankless, and quite boring! So this little guy creates a fun new game that just happens to go various shades of wrong. His high jinx causes all sorts of commotion at all the wrong moments - but the question remains - is there a lesson to be learned?
Constellation Crimes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,890. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2017 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Boys & Men, Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
It all started with an eerie red glow... Jared's world is about to be turned upside down the night a red meteor crash lands in the woods near town. The red-haired substitute teacher arrives, a red wolf begins terrorizing the neighborhood and those red zits begin appearing on his face. Connecting the dots only leads to more questions and a possibility the teacher is from Mars!
Hamilton Troll and the Big Race
Series: The Hamilton Troll Adventures. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,550. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2016 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Emotions & Feelings, Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
Starlit challenges Hamilton Troll to a race but the loser is not very happy.
The Painting
Series: The Painting Trilogy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,510. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy, Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 1 review)
It's the perfect picture but something's missing... Gerald created the most perfect painting. His love of his world's creatures enabled the magic of his painting to come to life.
Hamilton Troll meets Starlit Troll
Series: The Hamilton Troll Adventures. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,420. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2015 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play, Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
Starlit Troll is riding on the back of a duck who is flying south for winter. When she sees Hamilton Troll she decides to stop and say hi. That's when he learns he's not alone in the world!
Hamilton Troll meets Fiona the Dog
Series: The Hamilton Troll Adventures. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,100. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2015 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
Fiona the Dog likes her collections. She collects toys, shoes, Merle's mat, Rudy's hat and... Hamilton Troll?
Hamilton Troll and the Case of the Missing Home
Series: The Hamilton Troll Adventures, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,340. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2014 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse, Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
"Hamilton Troll and the Case of the Missing Home" is a fun tale describing why Hamilton lives next to a chopped down tree and the magic of Christmas.
Dream World Defenders
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,230. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2014 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
(5.00 from 1 review)
An epic, out-of-this-world adventure that teaches six children about the most common types of dreams, how to control their dreams and how to use their imagination to accomplish anything! Anything, that is... except how to wake up.
Hamilton Troll meets Rudy Rat
Series: The Hamilton Troll Adventures, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,440. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Award-winning author, Kathleen J. Shields, releases her latest Hamilton Troll book with the objective of stopping bullies, before they start. In collaboration with local elementary school teachers, Shields’ has created the Troll Patrol with the goal of promoting “PAWS for Friendship" which stands for Pause, Approach, Welcome & Smile, is to teach young children social skills; how to make friends.
Hamilton Troll meets Whitaker Owl
Series: The Hamilton Troll Adventures, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,150. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
This is the 7th book of the continuing educational story series featuring Hamilton Troll. Whitaker Owl is being taught how to hoot by his parents… but he needs a lot of practice.
Her Guarded Desire
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 62,300. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2013 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Having thought the danger was over and she could finally move on with her life, Kristen was again swept off her feet by her bodyguard Cody; which left Devin, her boyfriend, as the third wheel.
Ally Cat, A Tale of Survival
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 62,840. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Allison Catsworth discovers she has a problem… she keeps turning into a cat!
Kaitlyn Jones, Reuniting Fate
Series: Kaitlyn Jones Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 72,730. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2013 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
She couldn’t believe her eyes. She couldn’t believe her heart. The conclusion is only beginning. What happens next will blow you away! This is the third book of the Kaitlyn Jones Trilogy and the excitement isn't over yet!
Kaitlyn Jones, Surviving Death
Series: Kaitlyn Jones Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 80,320. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2013 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
“Tom’s not dead! I would feel it!” Having been so connected, would she feel different? This exciting second book of the Kaitlyn Jones series will answer this… maybe.
The Creation of Kaitlyn Jones
Series: Kaitlyn Jones Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 76,230. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
Precognition - Future-Sight Have you ever seen the future through a dream? If you knew you could save someone with that knowledge, would you?
Hamilton Troll meets Dinosaurs
Series: The Hamilton Troll Adventures, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,000. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2013 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures, Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
Hamilton Troll finds a fossil which leads him and the Beaver Brothers to their local museum to learn more about dinosaurs. However it is when Hamilton walks up to a nest of dinosaur eggs that are hatching, that he gets a better understanding of these magnificent extinct creatures!
Hamilton Troll meets Elwood Woodpecker
Series: The Hamilton Troll Adventures, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,110. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2013 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
Featuring the Beaver Brothers, this is the 5th book in the growing Hamilton Troll Adventures, fully-illustrated, rhyming stories for ages 4 and up, containing vocabulary words and definitions. Highly educational and entertaining stories for children of all ages.
A Rainbow of Thanks
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,830. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2013 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
(5.00 from 1 review)
Kate has just turned 11 and is about to have the adventure of a lifetime. While out playing one day she accidentally steps into a rainbow and is magically transported to another place on the planet. As she continues to ‘ride the rainbow’ attempting to get home, she meets other children and learns about their cultural beliefs about rainbows.
Dandy Lion: A Legend of Love & Loss
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,470. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2013 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Family
This is a Christian-based story that follows a young lion named Dandy throughout the course of his life. When his mane grows in, the thick white fur with frayed ends look more like a dandelion puff rather than a mane and makes Dandy the recipient of ridicule. But this doesn't deter him from helping others even though a wisp of his frayed hair is whisked away by the wind with each life he touches.
Hamilton Troll meets Chatterton Squirrel
Series: The Hamilton Troll Adventures, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,510. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2013 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Meet Chatterton Squirrel, the smallest in his family and the most frightened. While Chatterton's parents were teaching their young how to leap from tree to tree, Chatterton kept looking down at the ground, worried that he would fall. Hamilton noticed how scared Chatterton looked and decided he should help. In the end, Chatterton was able to take the big leap and make his family proud!
Hamilton Troll meets Barney Bee
Series: The Hamilton Troll Adventures, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,310. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2013 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Meet Barney Bee, a very sweet, yet plumply round bumble bee who spends his day flying from flower to flower eating pollen. In fact, Barney Bee loves pollen so much he ‘comes down’ with a hefty problem. Join Hamilton Troll as he spends a day following Barney Bee around and learning some pretty interesting facts about Bumble Bees as well as the names of a few Texas flowers.
Hamilton Troll meets Skeeter Skunk
Series: The Hamilton Troll Adventures, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,440. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2013 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Meet Skeeter, an excitable skunk who just wants to join Hamilton Troll and the other critters in their big Stick-Nut Game. However, Skeeter has a little problem. Whenever he gets scared or startled, out comes a Pe-Yew! Join Skeeter in this stinky, funny day of adventure and share in his excitement as he experiences the thrill of making true friends and getting to play in the big Stick-Nut Game!
Hamilton Troll meets Pink Light Sprite
Series: The Hamilton Troll Adventures, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,200. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2013 by Erin Go Bragh Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(5.00 from 1 review)
Meet Hamilton Troll, a fun-loving friend to the forest creatures and quite a unique little troll. But Hamilton has a problem; a fear he simply can not control and it is up to Pink Light Sprite to help him with his problem. Follow Hamilton as he takes this exciting journey down the forest path. He will meet new friends that he always will remember and he will in-turn help others when they need it.

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