The New Adventures of A.R. Achnid Children's Book Spotlight, Author Guest Post & Giveaway

This morning, we have a children's book in our book spotlight!  This book holds several, fun adventures with A.R. Achnid!  Check out the book, learn about the author, read the author's guest post & enter for a chance to win a hardcover copy of the book in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

Book Title: The New Adventures of A.R. Achnid (Revised Edition)
Author: Sandi Smith
Illustrator: Kathy Lee
Category: Children's Fiction, 126 pages

About the Book

Harold! There goes that spider! See, he is running on the floor! That spider has to go. He cannot live here anymore!!! Oh, no! Beth looks very, very angry. What has A.R. Achnid done now? Well, before A.R. got into big trouble with Beth, he had a lot of wonderful adventures.

There are ten different adventures in this book. There is the time he went to the circus and rode on a balloon, and then had some shoo fly pie. Another day, A.R. and Rex (a Great Dane, who is A.R.’s best friend) decided to walk all the way into town, and they had such a wonderful time. Then, A.R. and his family went to New York City for the biggest craft fair ever (which was for spiders only), plus many, many other adventures.

Unfortunately, in the tenth story, A.R.’s current living situation is going to need an adjustment. Something changes in the lives of Harold and Beth (the humans) that will make things very difficult for A.R. Come along with A.R. for some fun, and find out what small bundle will cause problems for A.R. and his family.

As A.R. says, “Spiders rule!”

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Guest Post by Sandi Smith

When writing I tend to write by the seat of my pants

Pretty much, as with all of my other books, it was by the seat of my pants. The only difference with my A.R. Achnid stories was that I did have an idea of a plot after I wrote the second story. After the first story, I didn’t have any reason to think that there would be any other stories coming, so I didn’t think ahead. When I write, I don’t just sit down and come up with ideas, I have to wait for an idea, or words, or a title, something concrete, that I can work on. If someone asked me right now to sit down and come up with an idea for a book or for some characters, I am not sure I could do that. I have to wait for everything to come to me, and that usually happens while I am sleeping. 
Anyhoo, with A.R., once I got the second story, I decided that this little character was fun, and that possibly I could get more stories. So, I started to plot out what adventures A.R. could have, making a list of all of my ideas. Then I sat back and waited. Waited by the seat of my pants…plain and simple. When words started to come to me, I would open up my list, and see what situation the words would fit with to make a story. For example, on my list, I had the thought/idea of A.R. going to the grocery store and causing a little bit of havoc. I couldn’t write the story, because no words had come to me, so I just wrote on the list – grocery store. One night, two or three months later, I woke up with the words “CLEAN UP ON AISLE FOUR”. Then I knew that I had my words coming for A.R. and Bo’s Trip to the Supermarket.

Meet the Author

Sandi Smith spent her time as a young girl combing the shelves of the public library. She has always enjoyed the magic that books have to offer and was inspired by her high school English teacher, Mr. Coolidge to embrace the arts. The author found her calling as a writer early one morning as her first story came to her in the form of a poem. Since then she has written more than 15 children’s books, with her most popular series about the adventures of an adorable spider in the A.R. Achnid series.

Sandi is happily married to her inspiration and husband of 40 years, John. She continues to write for her two precious grandchildren. When she’s not penning a new story, Sandi and John like to camp, kayak and to enjoy the simple life in their home in Pembroke, NH.

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