Christmas movies, Christmas music, Christmas lights… I love it all! And I always enjoy reading Christmas books with my kids this time of year. I was fortunate to land an interview with author Katherine Zwers. Her latest book, Christmas Star, is a heart warming Christmas book about Sebastian, the Shepherd and Hopscotch, the lamb that tells the story of their Christmas Eve adventure.
Savvy Suburban: Christmas Star is truly a wonderful book, how did you come up with the idea for the story?
Katherine Zwers: When I wrote Christmas Star, I wanted to create a story that was fun and imaginative for kids, but also included the wonderful and inspirational meaning of Christmas.
SS: What was your inspiration?
KZ: My inspiration has always been my mom. As a child she encouraged me to develop my creativity in every project I started. As an adult she supported me during every step of the book publishing process.
SS: Ah, behind every successful woman there is an amazing mom! How long have you been writing?
KZ: I won a writing award when I was in eighth grade, I’ve been hooked ever since.
SS: What other books have you written?
KZ: I have also written The Golden Easter Egg. The Golden Easter Egg is a companion book to Christmas Star and both stories include the characters Sebastian, the Shepherd and Hopscotch, the lamb.
SS: The illustrations are vivid and contemporary. Tell us about your illustrator, Carol Heyer, and her background.
KZ: Carol Heyer has been my friend since I was nine years old. Her amazing artistic talents speak for themselves. She has published over 27 children’s books and sold several million copies. I am very fortunate to have her as the illustrator of my books, and better yet, as my friend.
For more information visit their site and follow Katherine on Facebook. Christmas Star is a wonderful holiday gift for the little ones in your life!
I now want to check out this book! Thanks for letting us know about it and introducing us to the author!
You’ll love it! Katherine, the author is a really lovely person.
Many thanks for such a write-up. I undoubtedly cherished reading it and talk about this it to my friends.
Really interesting. I just wrote a review about this book, except it was the 1988 version called A Star in the Pasture. Curious why Ms. Zwers doesn’t mention that this is a reprint. Will be interested to see the “new” book and see what they may have changed.
The text was written a while back and she updated it to make it more current for today’s market.