My story. Hmm, that could be another book, and it will be someday. For the moment we’ll concentrate on Who I am—what makes me tick—and what I do.
Who am I? Good question. I’m not sure I even know the answer to that, at least not all the time. I can think of all the things I do. I’m a wife. I’m a mom. I’m a Nana. I’m a cook. I’m a writer. I’m a speaker. I’m a business owner. I’m a publisher. I do all sorts of things. The list could go on for pages.
As for who I am, first and foremost I’m a child of God, a servant doing His bidding—seeking His approval. My heart is for the broken, for the downtrodden. I’m a perfectionist who can easily forgive if the heart is involved. I’m a deep thinker. I get lost in creation. My family is my heart beat. Words fill holes and renew hope. Connection keeps me compassionate. Silence renews me.
Here it is—the highly anticipated reveal of Darlene’s first children’s book, You’re a Boy, Not a Bull!
The story line follows a boy who turns into a mean, angry bull when his temper gets the best of him. When he chooses to do the right thing, and not act out in anger, he turns back into a boy. Darlene Shortridge drew inspiration from her son, Jeremiah, who had quite the temper growing up. His little fists would ball up at his sides and his nose would breathe in and out in exaggerated form as Darlene would say, Jeremiah, you’re a boy, not a bull! #leavebullyingtobulls
This book is a welcome addition to any child’s library and addresses bullying at home, in the neighborhood, and at school.
Jason Webb’s introductory illustrations showcase his talent. He truly brought Darlene’s vision for her characters to life. The artwork is colorful, full of action, and attractive to children ages 4-8. Each two page spread featuring the bull acting out resolves as you turn the page and see the boy acting as a boy should.
Need an entertaining, heartfelt, Biblical teacher for your event? Look no further. Darlene would love to get to know the ladies of your group. Each event is bathed in prayer and each talk is led by the Holy Spirit. Darlene will work with you, ensuring a message that will encourage and uplift the ladies in your group.
You can choose from topics such as “Naomi, Pleasant and Full of Grace” or “He’ll part the Red Sea when He’s Good and Ready.” Some groups ask her to pray and seek a message that God has in mind just for them. Others ask her to create a message that centers around the theme God has placed on their heart. Either way, you will be blessed.
Looking for a dynamite team to speak at your next writer’s event? Darlene teams up with her husband Daniel for conferences and workshops (she handles the smaller writer’s groups on her own) to bring down to earth information on the subjects of writing, publishing and marketing, all self-service style. The information provided will help the novice as well as the experienced author make important decisions regarding the publishing of their work. Being self-published authors themselves, Darlene and Dan bring success, experience and know how to the table in a fun, encouraging manner.