Friday Featured Blogger – Cheryl Malandrinos

Today I’d like to welcome a long-time online friend and another fellow Muser, Cheryl Malandrinos.

Cheryl Malandrinos is a freelance writer, children’s author, and editor. Her first children’s book, Little Shepherd, was released in August 2010 by Guardian Angel Publishing. She is a member of the SCBWI, a book reviewer, and blogger.

Her blog is The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection. In addition to interviews and guest posts, Cheryl reviews books there from board books up to YA novels. She also uses this blog to post news about her upcoming projects, like 12 X 12, which I am participating in now. Writers commit to writing one picture book a month for the year, so 12 books over 12 months.  You can find out more about this at the blog.

Cheryl also writes under the name of C. C. Gevry. Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She also has a son who is married.

Cheryl, I have a question for you. Have you ever considered doing a board book for young adoptees?

Please leave your questions, feedback, or comments below. I hesitate to say once again that you may be chosen a winner by doing so. Seems my first three winners have yet to step up with their contact info. Either they don’t want the free gift or some other reason I just don’t get. So here again are the three winners still waiting to be heard from:

J. Q, Rose

Elle Druskin

and our star of today Cheryl Malandrinos

Have a nice weekend! Stay safe! See you all next week here at Gloria’s Corner




  1. Hi Gloria,

    Thanks for featuring me today. I haven’t considered writing board books at all, never mind one for young adoptees. No real reason except my girls are past that age and so much of what I write is inspired with them in mind. I have to admit I’ve been thinking a lot about America’s foster care system lately because our pastor and his wife are foster parents. It certainly seems a tough life for children, and it saddens me to watch the revolving door of children that come and go as their family situations change.

    Thanks again for having me as you guest. Off to promote now.



  2. Hi, Cheryl and Gloria. Stopped by from FaceBook. I can’t keep up with all the blogs and like to see them posted where I can find them.

    I know nothing about the foster care system these days, but my mother was raised by a foster family that was wonderful to her and her younger sister. Times were a lot different back in the 1920s and 1930s though. I think children would feel more like they “belonged” if they were adopted. A family in our town fostered many children and they even adopted one of them. Probably other foster parents have done the same.

    Thanks, ladies, for a nice post.


  3. Let me start off by writing that Cheryl is one of the most talented, professional and generous writers I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. How like this loving, giving person to write about a need so great as foster children.


  4. Thanks for the comments, Heather. It’s great to see you here. You are so kind.

    One of my former clients, Vanessa Diffenbaugh, wrote The Language of Flowers, which featured a woman who grew up in the foster care system. Vanessa is a foster parent and founded the Camellia Network, whose mission is to support youth transitioning from foster care. The book received rave reviews when she toured with it.


  5. Hi guys, thanks for the great post. Cheryl, your 12×12 program sounds quite productive. I’m busy writing adult content right now, but when I get back to the children’s world of writing, I would be interested in 12 x 12. Thanks.


  6. Thanks for stopping by, Susan and Bev. Susan, I’m loving 12 x 12. Hit a snag last month, but hopefully I can bounce back now. Bev, thanks for sharing the story of your mom and aunt. Foster care seems so hard to me. I pray that every kid in this world will be loved and blessed with wonderful parents.


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