Win FREE Book about Selena Gomez in Trivia Contest!


Selena Gomez by Kayleen Reusser

Selena Gomez by Kayleen Reusser


This past week on July 22 Selena Gomez celebrated her 21st birthday. It just happened to coincide with the birth of the Royal Baby George!


We’ve learned much about the Royal Baby just in a few days. How much do you know about Selena Gomez?

Here are trivia questions based on information available in my 32-page 5-chapter book about her. Look for it in your local library TODAY! It is written for readers in Grades 1-3 but older readers are sure to enjoy the full-color photos t too.

ISBN: 978-1584157526

I’ll send a FREE copy of my book about Selena Gomez (Mitchell Lane) to the first person who emails me with correct answers to all of these questions by August 1 ($18.00 value).


xxxkjreusser@adamswells.comxxx (remove the Xxx’s)


Answers will be available in next week’s blog post. Stay tuned! Have fun!


  1. What US city was Selena Gomez born in?
  2. How old was Selena Gomez when she made her first audition for a children’s TV show?
  3. What TV show did she audition for?
  4. What was the name of Selena’s character on this show?
  5. Name 2 TV shows Selena has appeared in as a guest role.
  6. On Wizards of Waverly Place Selena’s character, Alex Russo, had two brothers. Name the actors who played these brothers.
  7. What charity did Selena serve as the national Trick-or-Treat ambassador for in 2008?
  8. What person did Selena trust to help her make decisions and keep her grounded?
  9. What school did Selena attend while starring on Wizards of Waverly Place?
  10. What advice does Selena offer to young people (Hint: It is the last part of Chapter 5 in the book)?

Hannah enjoys reading books about Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez

My sweet friend Hannah wanted me to show everyone how much she liked reading my books.


Here she is holding my biographies on Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift. I’ve written another book on Taylor Swift. The one Hannah is holding is written for grades 1-3. It has gorgeous full color photos on each page with text that explains Taylor’s career and life as a singer.


I’ve written another title with more text but still beautiful full color  photos of Taylor Swift on each page. It is written for Grades 4-8. Of course, readers of all ages like to read this book about Taylor Swift and find out how she became such a superstar!


I’ve written 9 non-fiction children’s books (Mitchell Lane Publishing). In 2012 another publisher contacted me to write children’s books for her and I agreed to do so.


Last fall I turned in two books for this publisher and they should be available for purchase in 2013. I’m excited about them and can’t wait to tell more about them at their release!


Meanwhile, I’m planning to attend the Midwest conference of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in May in Fort Wayne IN.

Here’s a
direct link to download the brochure with all the conference details:


The list of authors attending is tremendous, including Jane Yolen!

Taylor Swift Blue Banner Bio (Mitchell Lane)

Taylor Swift Blue Banner Bio (Mitchell Lane)

Hopefully I’ll meet some authors, agents, publishers and maybe even get a contract to write more children’s books! Meanwhile, I’m reading their books to find out what publishers and kids like in books.


Writing children’s books is a tremendous responsibility and I don’t take it lightly. I read several each year to be able to recommend good titles to students at the middle school where I work in the library. Reading good books also gives me ideas for my own writing.


Currently, I’m reading Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt, Chime by Franny Billingsley and The 68 Rooms by Marianne Malone. I love them all!

Hop over to Vimeo to see my thoughts on writing children’s books.

What children’s books /authors do you love? What are you doing to accelerate your writing career?

Sixth graders love to read!

I love it when students check out my books at the school library where I work and I ask them, “Did you know I wrote this book?” I try to tell most of the kids but sometimes the new class coming in doesn’t know me well.


They shake their heads, disbelieving my statement about writing the book. I point to my name on the nameplate on my desk and then to my name on the front cover of the book. It could be the Taylor Swift or Selena Gomez biography or one of the Greek gods books or Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia or Celebrities Giving Back.

When the student sees the same name printed on each, his or her eyes widen. I add that I’ve written nine children’s books and am working on another. They look impressed!


These friends have read my books and wanted to be counted among those who have done so with photos pasted here. They are great readers and visit the school library often.


Encourage your child to visit his/her school library. They might find unexpected treasures—in fact, I know they will!


Lucy loves Selena!

Lucy is a friend of mine. She just read my book on Selena Gomez and told me she loved it! With her parents’ permission I’ve posted her picture here with a copy of the book. Biographies are great books to read to learn about people who have made a difference in the lives of other people.


I remember the first biography I read as a student:


Frederick Douglass Fights for Freedom.


Hear that alliteration? I think that’s why the title has stayed with me all these years.


Frederick Douglass was a brave, intelligent man who was kept as a slave for many years before earning his freedom. I was thrilled to learn about his exciting life. That’s why I like writing biographies of people like Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Leona Lewis. These young women have set goals and obtained them, then set even higher goals.


They teach me a lot about how I should be living my life.


What books do you like to read? What goals have you set for your life?


My Publishing Story as told to John Kremer

John Kremer is the guru of book marketing ideas

Today I have the honor of being featured on John Kremer’s blog. Mr. Kremer is the guru of book marketing. I’ve read his blog on this subject for years and have implemented many of his ideas to market my nine non-fiction children’s books.

A biography on Taylor Swift was the first of my nine children’s books to be published.

My particular post is titled:

Book Marketing Makeover: How One Author Got a Book Assignment That Led to 9 Titles 

I encourage everyone who wants to write or has written a book to subscribe to his free blog. 

You can subscribe here:


Mr. Kremer often features authors’ histories of getting started. It gives me hope when I read other success stories. I hope my story helps you feel encouraged to write and sell many books in 2012!

Please let me know what you think of this post and if you have other ideas of how to market books. I’m open to ideas!

Ally likes Selena Gomez!

I love to receive notes from students who have read my books. Here is one from a girl in 4th grade about my Selena Gomez book (Robbie Reader- Grades 2-4, Mitchell Lane) and her photo holding the book:


Ally, 9, reviews my book on Selena Gomez

Hi! My name is Ally. I just got done reading about Selena Gomez in the book Selena Gomez. I think that Mrs. Reusser who wrote this book did a FANTASTIC job about Selena Gomez’s lifetime! I wonder how she got all the information about Selena Gomez? One thing I was surprised about is that Selena Gomez first appeared on TV on Barney and Friends.



Thanks, Ally! It was fun writing about Selena Gomez because I like writing about people who are doing great things. I think Selena Gomez is a good role model for kids like you. She is helping people and seems to be happy with her life.


If others reading this have read one of my books and would like to post a review, you can do so with your parent’s permission at Your parent will have to open an account, then you can post your comments. Your voice counts! Local libraries also have opportunities for comments/reviews about books in their collections. Check with your libraries about doing this.


Thanks for your support!


Hollywood’s busiest actress–Selena Gomez


The book Selena Gomez contains 5 chapters and 32 pages

As a young child, Selena Gomez wanted to be an actress. But she lived in a small Texas town. Her parents were divorced. Money was tight.

Selena didn’t let those obstacles stop her. On her seventh birthday, she auditioned for and received a part on Barney & Friends. A few years later, Selena won a role as Mikayla on the popular Miley Cyrus show, Hannah Montana. Selena liked acting and worked hard to improve her skills. During the next few years, she appeared in many TV and movie roles. Finally, Selena was offered the chance to star in her own show.

Selena Gomez, star of Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place, evolved from being an unknown girl to one of today’s busiest actors, as well as the recipient of Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Award for Favorite TV Actress.

This text from p. 1 of my biographical book on Selena Gomez introduces us to Selena’s ambition, even at the age of seven. The book is targeted for students in Grades 1-3. If you can’t find the book in your school or public library, ask your librarian to contact me at this website to order one. They are also available from Amazon and the publisher.


Caralyne, a 6th grader, did a Youtube book report on the book, Selena Gomez

Chapter 1         Audition for Barney

Selena Gomez didn’t think about the people watching her from behind the camera. She forgot about the hundreds of other children waiting to audition (aw-DIH-shun) as a child actor on the program Barney & Friends. Instead, she focused on singing, dancing, and smiling.

Selena, 7, and her mother had driven to Dallas, Texas, from their nearby home in Grand Prairie, Texas, for the audition. “I want to be an actress,” Selena had told her mother. Trying out for a part on Barney & Friends, she believed, would help her reach that goal.

One thousand four hundred children showed up for the audition. At the end of the day, the people who produced the show chose Selena for the part!