I have been amazed at how many authors I’ve had the chance to ‘meet’ through this Staying in with feature on Linda’s Book Bag. throughout the year. In my final post of 2018 I am meeting another new to me author, Little Bean Seeds.
Staying in with Little Bean Seeds
Hi Little Bean Seeds (LBS). Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
I brought with me a book named One Century Friendship. One day while straightening up my bookshelf, I came upon a little story that I wrote during my teenage years. It was the homework for a class for non-native English students, so you can imagine how “easy” it was for me to write.
As I flipped through the pages, grammatical mistakes were everywhere, word use was inaccurate, and the plot was a bit loose. However, reading from paragraph to paragraph, I could still remember the effort I put in to finish the book.
Yes, the teenage time is filled with trial and error. During that period, you may make many mistakes and have what adults call “unrealistic,” “impractical,” “totally unrelated to preparing to make a living” thoughts flashing across your mind every week. Oh! Those ideas may even hit you every second. And I was no exception!
(Actually, I don’t think those thoughts are confined to teenage years LBS!)
I was not aiming to be a writer, because I did not think I was good at putting my imagination into words. However, flipping through the self-written storybook was like talking to the teenage “me.” So, I decided to rewrite the story and dedicate it to the teenage me and let her know that it’s who she was in the past that has formed the present me.
(What a lovely idea!)
If you are a dad or mum now, share this book with your children and let them to have the courage to make friends and learn how to maintain friendship.
If you are in your teenage time now, I hope this book gives you a chance to think about your relationships with friends.
If you are an adult, I hope you enjoy reading the book and that it helps you to recapture some of your wild teenage experiences with your friends.
(Those are super suggestions LBS.)
What can we expect from an evening in with One Century Friendship?
In One Century Friendship, Helen and her three friends scamper off from the main campsite towards the ruined cottage. Despite Miss J. Smith’s warnings, Shelly’s persuasive remarks make each of the four friends grow even more curious as they wonder what the house contains. As they near the place, their fear starts rising. A peek through the window is not enough and soon they are inside the house. On the inside, the cottage seems disappointing until things start happening and Mark goes missing. What started as playful fun turns to dread as the remaining three friends notice his absence. Worse still, they are afraid of confiding in Miss J. Smith since they disobeyed her instructions from the start.
(One Century Friendship sounds fascinating.)
What else have you brought along and why?
I bring along with me Miguel – Remember Me that blog readers can listen to here.
It is one of my favorite songs. If you play this song when you read One Century Friendship, you will have much deeper feeling.
I just listened and it’s a lovely song LBS. Thanks so much for staying in with me to tell me all about One Century Friendship. I wish you all the best for it.
One Century Friendship
You might be wondering, “How long does a friendship last?”
If you ask Helen Macland, she will tell you, “More than a person’s lifespan.”
You say, “Is that possible?”
“Yes, if you meet Hollace William,” she will reply.
One Century Friendship is available or pre-order through these links.
About Little Bean Seeds
Little Bean Seeds (LBS) is a Certified Public Accountant who lives in Hong Kong. She has known herself to be a bookworm ever since she was a primary school student. While most of the other children were running and jumping in the playground during break time, she would go to the library and stick her face in a book until the bell rang. She loves many different kinds of books—self-help, detective, romance, finance, health—and more.
In her eyes, books are one of the best channels for communicating messages. LBS perceives a writer’s role as like that of a farmer planting seeds. What she wants is for her readers to understand the book’s message and be helped in some way: have their mood changed, be pleased and entertained, or even encouraged to build a better self. The seeding job takes time, and it is better to start the seed earlier than later. That is why she chose to get her writing start with children’s stories, and also where the pen name “Little Bean Seeds” came from.
Writing is also about stepping out of one’s comfort zone. That is actually much easier to say than to do, especially when no one in your social network doing the same thing, saying, “It is just too difficult for me!” But most of the time, the difficulty comes from yourself more than those around you.