1. What inspired you to
write this book?
My inspiration stems from a yearning to be
self-employed, working from home (WFH). I had a catalog of WFH ideas and found
one crafting

Christmas spider ornaments. What a great idea! I
inquired and received the starter kit. Downside to this was that they wanted me
to purchase ALL the crafting material from them at a 300% markup. I told myself
“The hell with that!” and I went out and got my own material and improved
upon the design. Years later, I am still working as a debt slave, telling
myself I need to change this. My family has always suggested I write but I
could never decide on what to write about? I kicked around some ideas but
wanted something easy to write up and get published. That was when I remembered
my Christmas spider ornament explanation. I did some research on the Christmas
spider and came up with my “The Legend of The Christmas Spider” by
piecing together the story from what I found.

2. What exactly is it about and who is it written for? This book is about a family long, long ago who prepared their
house and Christmas tree for Father Christmas and the God Child. An inquisitive
spider family living in the house explored the tree, leaving strands of
webbing. The strands were changed into gold and silver thread/tinsel, making
the tree even more beautiful!

“The Legend of The Christmas Spider”
is written for young children and

their parents who love to read to their
children.

3. What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book? I hope readers will get a sense of love and warmth Our Lord
has for us and pass that on to others. Another aspect I want them to get from reading
my book is that there are different traditions at Christmas time all around the
world.

4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design? It was a no brainer on coming up with the title! I researched
Christmas spider and found it is a tradition in Eastern Europe,

especially Western Ukraine. This story/tradition
goes way back so it made sense to call it a legend and title the book “The
Legend of the Christmas Spider”. The cover design was done by my
illustrator, Sophia Borjorquez. I let her creativeness guide her and she came
up with several cover designs for me to choose from. I chose the one with the
title in archaic looking lettering as that added to the “legend” feel
as well as the spider hanging off the C in Christmas. I also liked the pine
branches with ornaments that accents the book being about Christmas.

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than
run!? My advice is to FINISH what you start! This
book is the first of my many endeavors that I have started and saw it through
to the end! What a great feeling of accomplishment when I sent the last of the illustrations
in, getting the book finalized. We celebrated when I received my 10 copies. I
surged with pride holding those books, started to cry as I held something I
envisioned, wrote and got it published! Another word of advice is to surround
yourself with

friends/family/coworkers who are SUPPORTIVE and
ENCOURAGING in the work you are doing. They kept me going and I did not want to
disappoint them. Before I wrote the book, I was in a relationship with a woman
who frowned upon my creativeness and I tried to keep her happy by not crafting
Christmas spiders, writing poems or work on my book ideas. I felt dead inside
and I finally left her. Then I met the lady, in 2021, who found my creativeness
absolutely amazing, a gift from God! She was so positive and encouraging that I
found the inspiration to write. I married that dear sweet lady in March 2023!

6. What trends in the book world do you see — and where do you think the book
publishing industry is heading? Seems to me
the trend is to write self-help and autobiographies! But

more and more people are turning to the internet
to do blogs and such. It is easier to post on youtube or tik tok or your own
website to get your word out than to put it into a book. I feel the book
publishing industry is on a slow decline. I love to read but I am so busy
earning

a living and staying current on world events
that I do not have the time to read like I use to. I feel more and more people
are becoming like me, no time to read. So that equates to books not selling
unless they are E books. Books don’t sell, bookstores close, publishers close

up shop.




7. Were there
experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing
this book?
Yes, I picked up some writing skills while in
college getting a Bachelor’s Degree at Colorado State University (CSU), then my
Master’s in History at Ft. Hays State University (FHSU). My adviser and teachers
at CSU were constantly onto me about my papers. Try as I

might, my papers always seemed to tell a story
instead of staying with historical facts, relating those facts in a manner
consistent with a historical narrative they preferred. Working on my Master’s
Degree at FHSU, I got better with my papers holding with a historical narrative

but I still had to change a few papers because
the storytelling would creep in.

8. How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your
writing similar to? I feel my emerging writing style is of a
narrative descriptive nature although I have never thought about this until
now. I have lots of favorite authors and have read many, many books but I really
do not know if I am writing like they do as my book is a children’s book and
the books I like are mostly techno-thrillers written by my favorite author
Clive Cussler.

9. What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book? Procrastination. Always talking about doing something but not
getting around to doing it, throwing obstacles in my way as excuses for not
doing what I know I need to do. But that all changed when positive and
encouraging people came into my life. I got a better attitude, which improved
when I came back to Jesus, was re-born and started a new life. All the positive
energy fired me up and I started putting my book together. Another challenge I
overcame was trying to do it all myself. I have had bad experiences relying on
people helping me. Dealing with excuses for not being there to help like they
said they would. I needed help with this book, finding a publisher and an
illustrator. I turned to my girlfriend at the time and she suggested I ask a
mutual friend as she knows lots of people. So, I asked this friend for her
help. She came through for me with a publisher and an illustrator!

10. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be
yours? It should be my book as this is the holiday
season and I have the perfect book for the holiday season! “The Legend of
The Christmas Spider” engages the whole family. The book reads easy,
lettering is large for those who do not want to wear their reading glasses.
There are beautiful illustrations reflecting the wording on each and every
page. I have Christmas spiders at the end of the book for the children to
color. The book also makes a great Christmas gift!

 

About The
Author
: Andrew Gorman has had a passion for being
creative since he was a toddler playing soldier with his army men in the
sandbox. He realized he had a way with words while getting his BA in history at
Colorado State University. He continued to refine his creativity by serving as
an armor officer in the U.S. Army and then writing papers to get his MA in
history at Fort Hays State University. Andrew currently resides in Plano, TX,
where he spends his time growing in the Word of God, dancing with his wife
Clarissa, crafting Christmas spider ornaments and working on his next book.
https://www.christianfaithpublishing.com/books/?book=the-legend-of-the-christmas-spider

 

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