Kathleen J. Shields runs her own website and graphics design company and has published various books; from fully-illustrated rhyming stories for ages 4 and up, children's chapter books for ages 8 and up, a Christian tale, a young adult trilogy and a few romantic adult stories as well.
Kathleen never tires of finding ways to be creative. She enjoys learning new things, teaching herself new programs and writing about anything she can dream of.
Being self-taught, she does it all on her own; following the model, if you want it done right...
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.
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.
"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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.