Shirley Alarie

Biography

I’m a midwesterner and New Englander turned snowbird, a chemical engineer turned writer, blogger and reviewer, a cautiously optimistic cancer survivor, animal lover, first mate to my captain and over-the-top dog-mom. I’m a Jesus-loving seasoned sinner.

My winding writing journey includes inspiring, true adult and children's books and, most recently, Christian children's books. My Christian blog, Finding God Among Us, and Christian book reviews round out my portfolio.

It all began with my LEMONS TO LEMONADE Series about amazing women and their noble work. A HEALING HAVEN is an amazing testament to the healing power of love and it shines a spotlight on a worthy organization pulling out all the stops to save animals in need. HOPE IN THE HOOD is the raw and inspiring account of Colleen Adams on her journey to offer hope and help to inner-city youth who are almost certain to end up as career criminals without her intervention.

In 2016, real-life Dominick the donkey sparked a children’s 2-part book series, based on actual people, animals, and events at RVR Horse Rescue. A NEW HOME FOR DOMINICK opened the series and the sequel, A NEW FAMILY FOR DOMINICK, followed. A NEW FRIEND FOR GILBERT came to life in 2019 and HEAVEN IS BETTER is launching Fall 2019.

You can reach me at 'Finding God Among Us' on Facebook and Pinterest and at https://findinggodamongus.com.

Hope to see you there. Godspeed.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind the story of 'Heaven is Better'?
I'm excited to share the story behind the story of Heaven is Better!

The past few years I've been really trying to find and follow God's will for me. Writing has been the path I've felt called to serve and after writing two adult books to highlight amazing women doing God's work, I was stuck.

I had no traction on my writing and had hit a wall. I enjoyed writing children's books and my husband had encouraged me to write more. So, even though it's one of the most competitive genres, I decided to 'write for Jesus' and dive into Christian picture books. It seemed to fit what I thought God wanted me to do.

A plan fell in place. I'd write books about the parables, beginning with The Good Samaritan. As I do, I plowed ahead and started plotting in my mind. The parable would serve as the foundation, but I couldn't make the idea work.

After two weeks of brainstorming different ideas, I hadn't found a cohesive plot. This story had existed for over two thousand years, but I still couldn't make it work on paper.

One morning, in utter frustration, I took it to God. "God, if I'm supposed to write children's books, I need your help, because what I'm doing isn't working. If you want this, you have to help me."

I actually said that prayer while I was making my morning coffee and by the time I sat down at my computer, I had a completely new book idea. The concept morphed into a storyline as I made my breakfast and by early afternoon, I saved my first draft of 'Heaven is Better'.

The ideas continued to flow and I can't wait to introduce Daysa the daydreamer to young Christians, beginning with 'Heaven is Better'. And yes, The Good Samaritan is still in contention for Daysa's daydreams, although I still haven't finalized the plot!

I pray that Daysa's imaginary journey into heaven opens the door for adults to talk to little Christians about the glory of God's kingdom and amazing eternal life.
What's next for Daysa the Daydreamer?
Daysa the Daydreamer is a tiny girl with a larger-than-life personality and a ginormous imagination. I hope that came across in 'Heaven is Better'. Daysa's next adventures are already in the works, with the second book of the series due to launch for a 50-year anniversary celebration in April 2020 (Do you know what the event is? :) ). Her third adventure is drafted and has gotten a thumbs up from hubby as to the biblical storyline. Next is revisions and honing it up with my critique partners. I can't wait!
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Where to find Shirley Alarie online

Videos

Hope in the Hood Book Trailer
Coming Spring 2017! The inspirational book, Hope in the Hood, is the true story of hope found in poverty and crime-ridden inner city USA. With Colleen Adams and Empowered Youth. Written by Shirley Alarie.

Heaven is Better Book Trailer
Welcome to Daysa’s wild, imaginary exploration... of Heaven! In HEAVEN IS BETTER, Daysa the Daydreamer’s ginormous imagination leads her on a fanciful tour of paradise that seems like a not-so-scary place for her grandmother to be. Daysa’s imaginary journey is one girl’s interpretation that serves as a conversation-starter with your little Christians.

Books

A Healing Haven - Saving Horses and Humans at RVR Horse Rescue
Series: Lemons to Lemonade. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 63,230. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Pets & livestock, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Animals
Discover the magical effect the beautiful equines of RVR Horse Rescue imprint on their caregivers, blurring the lines of who was saving whom. Enjoy the riveting saga of Shawn Jayroe and her Horse Angels who are tackling equine neglect and abuse one desperate animal at a time. A Healing Haven is an inspiring true story and a reminder that it is in giving that we receive life’s greatest blessings.
The Road Paved in Pink: A Practical and Personal Guide for Breast Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones
Series: Breast Cancer, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,570. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Cancer, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Reference
The Road Paved in Pink: A Practical and Personal Guide for Breast Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones will educate and support those reeling from a recent diagnosis. This booklet provides the comprehensive guidance needed to withstand the challenges ahead. The Road Paved in Pink is HELP and HOPE in a time of need.