Sannel Larson

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Let me Introduce you to my Author Friend Sunnie Day

Texas-Based Author Sunnie Day

Let me introduce you to author and friend Kimberly Kruise Thompson also known as Sunnie Day. This Texas-based author is not only a talented and wonderful writer, but also one of the sweetest people you could possible meet. She's charming, witty and absolutely beautiful, inside and out.

Sunnie Day has four lovely children and five beautiful grandchildren. Sunnie Day has always loved to write, but it was not until later in life, she had the time to pursue her dream to become a writer and published author. “It has been a whirlwind, as I began to put my pen to page,” she says. “The words began to flow like a fast moving river, bringing with it many new adventures that I never dreamed.”

Sunnie Day has just published a new book, An Angel and a Pair of Shoes.” It's a delightful illustrated children's story which captures the hearts of two young girls who find friendship in a very unique way. The reader must decide whether their imaginations have taken flight or has an angel made an appearance before Petra's eyes.

Half of the proceeds from this book will be donated to Be an Angelan organisation working to improve the quality of life for children with multiple disabilities or profound deafness by providing adaptive equipment and select services to individuals and institutions that require a supplement to alternative means of funding."

The book, “An Angel and a Pair of Shoes,” along with Sunnie Day's other books can be purchased on

You can also follow Sunnie Day on her beautiful blog, Sunnie Day's Graceful Intentions

Friday, June 13, 2014

You Are Perfect Just the Way You Are By Sannel Larson

 You Are Perfect Just the Way You Are

You Are Perfect Just the Way You Are 
Story and illustrations by
 Sannel Larson 
How to Build Self Confidence & Self-Esteem in children.
Bedtime Stories for Early Readers.
Picture book
Age Level 4-8

A positive self-image is a strong foundation for a happy and successful life. Instilling self-esteem and self-confidence in children is absolutely essential, more so than any other thing we do, and the sooner each child learns it, the better they'll be. Children need to know that we are all unique and amazing in our own way, and we should be very happy and proud of who we are. Children also need to know that the real beauty is within our heart, and that is what is most important.

The rhymes make the book even more attractive for language development skills, and children will be able to relate to the colorful and attention-grabbing illustrations.

Bubbles, bubbles round and blue
everyone is special, especially YOU!
Your inner beauty of kindness and love
makes you a bubble to be proud of.

Don't forget who you are
you are a miracle by far.
A diamond so unique and fine
always sparkle, always shine.

You're a snowflake unlike any other
so unique in one way or another.
Of all the snowflakes on the ground
there's only one of you to be found.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Sannel Larson Interviewed by Bonnie Diczhazy

Sannel Larson Picking Golden Chanterells

An interview with children's book author and illustrator, Sannel Larson

What started your interest in writing Children’s books?

I loved to read as a child. I remember the joy and excitement I felt each time I opened the cover of a new book, knowing a world of imagination and new friends would take over my mind until the last page was read. At a certain age I realized that stories and illustrations did not just happen but were actually written and illustrated by real people, that’s when the dream of being one of those people started. By the time I could write, I used to write stories of my own. However, due to circumstances, called life, my childhood dream came true very late in life.

How did you come up with the title?

The titles to my books always seems to come easily to me. Well at least they have so far.

Having had both playful kittens and puppies in the house, I know what kind of trouble their mischievous acts can lead them to. How many times have I not myself shouted;

"Bad, bad kitten or bad, bad puppy

now look at what you have done!

Such a mess you have made

just to play and to have fun!"

So the title for my book about Melvin, a very naughty and mischievous kitten, came quite naturally.

How do you come up with ideas for your characters?

I never plan my stories or my characters. They kind of take shape on my drawing pad or as soon as I start to write. My imagination has always worked better if nothing is planned. I don’t say this is the right way but it works for me.

What books have most influenced your life?

Stories that we read in childhood stay with us forever. Elsa Beskow’s and Astrid Lindgren’s fairy tales with their wonderful illustrations have in some way shaped my life with their imaginative work. I loved to read their stories as a child and I could sit for hours looking at the whimsical and enchanting drawings. I truly believe those two Swedish authors triggered my big imagination and the love I have myself to illustrate and write for children.

"The Wonderful Adventures of Nils" by Selma Lagerlöf is a wonderful, funny and imaginative story.

I read this classic as a very young girl and fell in love with it. This fairy tale teaches us the important lessons about protecting the earth and living creatures.

Later in life I read "A Piece of Cake" by Cupcake Brown. It may not be the most well written book, but the story of Cupcake Brown is truly fantastic and inspiring. It’s an amazing story that teaches us all that we can do better with our lives if we set our mind and heart to it. Truly a motivational read!

Not long ago a dear friend of mine gave me "Tales of a Wounded Healer" by Mariah Fenton Gladys. It’s an inspirational read by a remarkable woman, sharing powerful insights into healing and wholeness.

What are your current projects?

Currently, I’m doing the illustrations for my next children’s book. The story is about angels and will once again be narrated in silly rhyme and rhythm with lots of whimsical drawings to look at. It will be a fun book to read out loud to the little ones. Reading poetry aloud to a child is such an enriching experience and also a very important way of connecting with them. By simply reading poetry to children we help them to understand phonemic awareness that is crucial for the child to avoid later learning problems and make reading and writing easier for them.

I am also working on my second poetry book. Just like my first poetry book, "Scent of a Haiga" I’ll combine my poetry with my love for photography.

What was the hardest part of writing?

Those first few words. Once I get those down, the rest just seems to fall into place.

Distractions are also a big issue. Distractions are always getting in the way of my writing.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Read and write as much as you can, and write about what you love and know well.

Where can we find you online?

You can find me here:

More by Sannel Larson

Monday, February 3, 2014

My Very Best Friend!

December ?, 2000 - January 27, 2014

It's been a few days now

since I kissed him goodbye.

My friend took off without me

through the snow-flurried sky.


He were too tired and too old 

to leave without some assistance, 

so God sent him a pair of wings

'cause to heaven is quite a distance.


Through the snow flurries he flew

higher and further he went away 

while my teardrops was falling

as I wanted my best friend to stay.


My friend was not an ordinary friend 

No, he was quite special and unique.

Sure, he had a nose, four paws and tail 

with the most kind and gentle streak.


While friends have come and gone 

he were constantly by my side

never questioning, never judging,

his own interests he always set aside. 


He truly was a special friend

the kind you can not replace.

His selfless acts of kindness

made my world a better place. 


From now on I must carry on

without my dearest, best friend.

I must dry my endless tears 

and my broken heart mend.


One day we'll be together again,

as best friends ought to be.

On the lush meadows in heaven 

he'll be waiting patiently for me. 


But until that day comes

he'll be with me wherever I go.

For as long as there is a memory,

he'll live on in my heart, I know. 


In memory of my beloved friend Max.
He's been my constant companion 
since the day I rescued him, thirteen years ago. 
He was my light, my life, my love, my everything! 

My only hope and wish is that he'll wait at heavens gate for me when the day comes,
because I would give anything to look once more into the loving eyes of my Max.