An Interview with Author Terra Kern
Terra Kern is a fun-loving woman, wife, mother, grandmother, and sister who always roots for the underdog, is an overcomer, encourager and peacemaker, who has a heartbeat for children. But most importantly, she is a woman of faith. It is that which defines her.
What is the motivation behind your book, Here Comes Little Jenna Jafferty?
I wanted to write for children as well as their parents and grandparents. Being both, I know from experience that kids have their favorite books and stories they like to have read to them over and over. Many times, to an adult, it gets very tedious simply because the story content is geared toward children and children only. I wanted my books to be more than that. That’s when I determined the setting would be in the past and include things adults could relate to also and even reminisce between the bouts of laughter. This, in turn, would open quality sharing time with the children as the adults shared similar experiences from their past with the children. However, the most important motivation behind the stories in the book is to plant “God seeds”. Here Comes Little Jenna Jafferty isn’t categorized as a Christian genre but rather is written to appeal to all parents, including those from the secular arena who may be turned off from buying a book specifically geared towards God and scripture. As little Jenna learns a little here and there about God as she encounters new experiences in her life, little God seeds are being sown as Jesus said, “Suffer not the little children to come onto me.”
What can readers expect to learn in this book?
(Purpose of the book) The children will learn about a simpler time before DVDs and electronic devices and how fun it can be exploring the great outdoors and playing outside rather than being indoors on their tablets and gaming devices. It also lets them see that other children encounter similar experiences as they themselves do and are not alone. The book also teaches strong family values and parenting skills, as Mr. and Mrs. Jafferty serve as excellent role models in showering their children with love, affirmation, and praises. They also scold and discipline, never being too harsh though, and yet are firm. The Jafferty parents also teach about God as instances arise along the way.
What has writing this book led you to do?
It has allowed me to get out in the community and surrounding areas and interact with the children and their parents via book readings and/or signings in schools, libraries, mother’s groups, and local book stores. I have also been invited to participate in special events and celebrations in the surrounding areas not only offering my books for sale but being available for conversations. The biggest blessing from all of this is answering the children’s questions and hearing what parts they liked best and why. It never ceases to amaze me at the thought-provoking questions they ask. Be still my heart!
What do you want readers to grasp and take away from this book?
I want to instill a love of reading in children when they are little; giving them a solid foundation to build upon throughout their lives. The love of reading is everything! It’s the gateway to education and knowledge, and knowledge harbors power. I believe there is no better way to do that than by making reading fun through humor.
What is your definition of a Courageous Woman?
A courageous woman is a woman who has the audacity to believe in herself. Who shuts out the negative self-talk, the opinions of others and sees herself as the woman God says she is. One who recognizes that “they” or “the crowd” never did anything of significance, so they need not worry about what “they” will think, say, or do. A courageous woman is one who knows her strengths, God-given gifts and talents, and believes that she can do all things through Christ who strengthens her, She then goes forth in faith with her head held high and does what God has put in her heart to do, beating the odds, and fulfilling her destiny!
Do you have other books, if so what are they?
Yes, I have the second book in The Little Jenna Jafferty Series titled Little Jenna Jafferty in Changes, Challenges & Chuckles.
What’s next for you?
After I finish this series which will be approximately 5 to 7 books total, I plan on writing a Christian fiction novel about one woman’s personal relationship and walk with God throughout the various phases of her life.
How can readers connect with you?
Is your book available on Amazon?
Yes, it is. Here Comes Little Jenna Jafferty
Featured in Courageous Woman Magazine May/June 2019
Terra Kern’s New Book ‘Little Jenna Jafferty in Changes, Challenges, and Chuckles’ is a Charming Book of a Spunky Young Heroine’s Adventures.
Recent release “Little Jenna Jafferty in Changes, Challenges, and Chuckles” from Covenant Books author Terra Kern is an absorbing novel that follows a young girl named Jenna who gets herself caught up in all sorts of tricky situations, needing to rely on her gutsy imagination, boundless curiosity, and family and friends to wriggle out.
CLARKSTON, Mich., December 14, 2018 (Newswire.com) – Terra Kern, a children’s author from South East Michigan where she lives with her husband and rescue dog, has completed her new book, “Little Jenna Jafferty in Changes, Challenges, and Chuckles”: a delightful childhood adventure.
In Terra Kern’s first book, “Here Comes Little Jenna Jafferty”, little Jenna didn’t want anything to ever change. She was happy and thought her life was perfect. But now, it isn’t. From the changing of the seasons, to big sister Janine starting school, and baby brother Jason starting to walk and talk, Jenna’s life presents new challenges.
In her newest book, “Little Jenna Jafferty in Changes, Challenges, and Chuckles”, little Jenna’s story continues to unfold in the 1960s from one hilarious predicament into another with some precious moments sprinkled in along the way. Jenna means well; she always does. But her curiosity, deep well of emotions, and stubborn streak have a way of interfering with the best of her intentions!
It seems no matter what her intentions, Jenna’s spunk and very literal grasp of the world around her get her straight from one comical situation into the next. Will she ever figure out how to manage her wild curiosity, or will her abundant imagination get her into more messes than even she can dream up?
Published by Covenant Books of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Terra Kern’s new book is a glowing reminder of the scrapes, hits, and misses that the abundant spirit of youth has a habit of getting into when faced with big changes in life.
Inspired by the adventures of her own girlhood, Kern offers a more innocent world where, no matter how messy it gets, things always seem to work out in the end, if you approach it with the inspiring resourcefulness and spirit of little Jenna.
Terra Kern’s New Book “Here Comes Little Jenna Jafferty” is a Charming Tale of a Girl Trying to Make Her Family Proud, but She Often Lets Curiosity Get the Best of Her.
Recent release “Here Comes Little Jenna Jafferty” from Covenant Books author Terra Kern is a delightful story of a little girl doing her best to find herself in her family in the 1960s.
Clarkston, MI, February 5, 2018 (Newswire.com) – Terra Kern, a Michigan native with 7 grandchildren, has completed her new book “Here Comes Little Jenna Jafferty”: a charming tale of an adventuresome and curious young girl doing her very best to be a good and helpful child, however, her antics sometimes end with questionable results.
Terra Kern grew up in rural Michigan in a neighborhood very similar to the one depicted in her new book. She says, “It is true that the adventures therein mirror my own childhood.”
Published by Covenant Books of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Terra Kern’s delightfully entertaining story is set in the 1960s before tablets, DVDs, electronic devices, mandatory seatbelts, and the loss of natural settings to explore.
Author draws on childhood memories for book series
For many folks, childhood memories are a source of joy, comfort, pain, life lessons and, quite often, embarrassment.
But for author Terra Kern, they served as great material for her first book, “Here Comes Little Jenna Jafferty.”
“Each chapter is about myself and an experience that I had,” said the 1980 Oxford High School graduate. “I was quite the character.”
Set in a rural Michigan neighborhood in the 1960s, the book, published by Covenant Books, follows the adventures, and misadventures, of the fictional Jenna Jafferty, who’s described as a “rambunctious, bighearted little girl doing her best to find her place in her family and to understand the world around her.”
It’s the first in a series featuring Jafferty’s journey.
Although she used experiences from her youth as the basis for her book, Kern, who now lives in Independence Township, insisted it’s not an autobiography. It’s fiction inspired by real-life events, she explained.
Terra Kern, a 1980 OHS graduate,
and her new book “Here Comes
Little Jenna Jafferty.” Photo by CJC
Author turns to childhood for inspiration
Terra Kern’s new book shares stories from her childhood. Photo by Phil Custodio
BY PHIL CUSTODIO
Clarkston News Editor
Terra Kern’s first book features a main character close to her heart.
“Jenna is me. Everything she goes through is an incident from my childhood,” said Kern of Clarkston.
Her book “Here Comes Little Jenna Jafferty” is about an adventuresome and curious young girl doing her best to be a good and helpful child, though her antics sometimes end with questionable results.
“Her adventures mirror my own childhood. I was quite the character, always getting into sticky situations, very stubborn and curious,” she said. “It was a lot of fun writing it.”
One chapter is about Jenna being impatient to go see “Mary Poppins” at the theater, so she puts the car into reverse and knocks over a fence.
“Did it happen? Oh yeah, it sure did,” Kern said. “Everything Jenna goes through is an incident from my childhood.”
Another is about a fishing trip where she gets into a carton of worms, drops one, “plop” into the water, then jumps in after it without knowing how to swim.