Barbara Woster’s ‘The Purple Christmas Tree’ invites children to sit down with an Elf and enjoy a heart-warming festive story that showcases the value of kinship. For Woster, the book was a bold family affair, with daughters Karina and Karis providing stunning illustrations to accompany their mom’s spellbinding narrative. Think purple Christmas trees don’t exist? Read on!
Portland, OR -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/29/2014 -- Some of modern history’s best books have taken their inspiration from the most unlikely of places. In the case of Barbara Woster, a 2013 holiday car trip to pick the perfect tree fell silent when ten-year-old Karina proclaimed, “Wouldn’t it be cool if there were a purple Christmas tree?”. While most parents would brush this off with a chuckle, Woster’s author-centric mind was sent racing, culminating in a new children’s book that is set to become a holiday hit.
Aptly titled ‘The Purple Christmas Tree’, the book’s idea grew into a family literary project that would bring mother and daughters together to produce more than just decorations.
Join Cedarboppin, Firgo, Elfendorf, the Blackwell Family, and the Spirit of Christmas in this incredible story of two best friends separated during the most wonderful time of the year.
“Because Karina and Karis had been the inspiration behind the book, I wanted them to play a key role in its composition. They are both gifted with the art gene so set to work to produce the awe-inspiring illustrations that now grace every page,” explains Woster, who previously wrote novels for an adult audience.
Continuing, “We started by brainstorming what a purple Christmas tree would look like, and then fused our imaginations to produce the book you see today. Not only did we get to spend dozens of hours of quality time together, but we have something very marketable to show for it. It’s about time the children’s book market had a new festive adventure with a strong moral behind the story.”
Woster enjoyed this project so much that it has fired up a passion for continuing to write for a younger audience.
“I recently announced to my husband that am regressing! I saw quite a lot of success as an adult-audience author, but diving into the world of juvenile literature has really opened my eyes to a new side of my creativity. I’m also fuelled by the desire to write for my daughters who are ten and twelve; and they’re my harshest critics!” she adds.
With the holiday season just around the corner and that perfect tree almost ready to be plucked, interested readers are urged to purchase their copies as soon as possible.
‘The Purple Christmas Tree’ is available now: http://amzn.to/1Dl84w8.
For more information on the author’s other work, visit: http://literaryadventures.weebly.com.
About Barbara Woster
Barbara Woster was born in Georgia to a Southern Dad and a British mother. She spent most of her youth reading, which led to a love of writing; however, living life (raising a family) left little time to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). Much later, when her two oldest children came across a folder of story ideas, they began to encourage (push, really) her to start writing again. That is why she dedicates all of her books to her children, because they really did inspire her writing and also because they encouraged (and still do) her to pick it up again.
Many readers of Barbara's works may notice that she doesn't write for one age group, or in one particular genre. That's because when she was a teen, her reading material was wide-ranging -- from romance to mysteries. Barbara has her dad to thank for the diversity of reading materials. When she was fourteen, a neighbor accidentally broke her knee. For an entire summer, she was laid up with only books for company; books primarily published by Harlequin. Her dad stopped in and noticed all of the Harlequin Romance novels strewn on the bed covers and immediately stepped back out. A short time later, he returned carrying Iceberg by Clive Cussler. "You need to expand your reading horizons," he said. To this day, Clive Cussler is one of her favorite authors, as is Diana Gabaldon, Dean Koontz, and Tom Clancy (see, eclectic).
Her life, like her children, has provided much in the way of material to use for her books, all of which contain an element of her past as well as much of her personality.
Barbara is a prolific writer with a passion for the written word. It is her hope that she will be writing for many years to come.