Books by Rose Rosie Russell Children's Books Author Illustrator
A few months ago, I was lucky to meet another wonderful author in an author group. Her real name is Sharon McAleer, but goes by the pen name, Selma P. Verde. 
Welcome Selma (Sharon!) 

1)  I see you go by the name, Selma P. Verde. Can you tell us more about how you chose this name?  

Selma P. Verde is my author name. I decided to have a pen name a few years ago, since I'm writing for preteen and young adult audiences. I wanted a name that is easier to pronounce and remember than my real name. How did I pick this name? Believe it or not, I started with a random name generator. The name it came up with was Sheila Varde. My finance' and I both have aunts named Sheila. So, we changed the first name to Selma. P is for Patricia, which is my mom’s name. She passed away almost ten years ago from breast cancer and I wanted her to be a part of my journey. And, I changed Varde to Verde. Verde is green in Spanish and green is my favorite color.

2) Tell us about yourself and how you became a writer. 

I grew up in Minnesota and continue to live here. I have been writing since I was a young girl. First in diaries my parents used to give me for Christmas. I started by writing the day to day happenings in my life. I still have those diaries in my hope chest. I should pull them out and look at them. Then I started writing the silly stories I would come up with in my head. Through those two things, I found out I really liked to write and journal. As a preteen, I dreamed about publishing a novel someday. I wrote a couple of full manuscripts before I wrote "The Hard Way," which I published in April 2017. Finally making childhood dream come true.

3) You have a book out called "The Hard Way." Can you enlighten our readers more about this story? 

"The Hard Way" is a preteen/young adult novel about kids dealing with peer pressure and consequences of decision making. Here is the blurb from the back of the book.

"Shortly after moving from small-town Johnson Place to the metropolitan borough Manor City, Paul Jones meets his neighbor Desmond Peterson and they become instant friends, bonding over their love of a video game called Tangorka. When Desmond moves away just before the start of their freshman year of high school, Paul wonders if he’ll ever find a friend like Desmond again. After suffering through four months of school without someone to hang out with, he makes fast-friends with a fellow Tangorka player—a kid named Anik Hatcher who Paul meets in after-school detention. Paul starts spending time with Anik outside of school and meets his gang that creates mischief throughout Manor City. But the mischief quickly turns into real violence, and once Paul becomes a key player in their most harmful “prank” yet, he’ll soon learn who his real friends are—and how the decisions he makes, good or bad, can quickly affect his whole life."

 4) What are your goals for 2018? 

My goals for 2018 are to market "The Hard Way," build my writing business, and continue writing.

Through increased marketing and setting up my writing business, I want to earn enough money through book sales to publish my second book, "The Bully’s Way," in October 2019. To help me with the marketing, and to have a site to call my own, I recently launched my self-hosted author website,

For my writing goals, I will continue blogging, but I also plan to self-edit "The Bully’s Way" to get it ready for an alpha/beta read by my book club for our October meeting this year. They read "The Hard Way" for our October meeting in 2016 and their feedback was a huge help to get my book ready for my editor. I plan to hand "The Bully’s Way" over to her for review in January 2019.

Manuchi Pixabay
5)  Where can our viewers find you? 

My website,





Thank you so much Selma (Sharon) for your time and telling us more about you and your book. I'm looking forward to your future projects.
If you would like to ask Sharon a question or leave a comment, please click on the comment section below. 
(PS. If it says it didn't take and try again, don't worry it will. A little glitch in this website.) 

Thanks again and Happy Reading!



02/08/2018 3:38pm

Selma, it’s good to get to know you by any name! Congrats on the publication of your first book and new website. All the best on your writing journey-:D

02/13/2018 9:08am

Thanks Cat! Best to you on your writing journey. Glad we could connect!

02/10/2018 10:39am

Thanks for stopping by with your comment for Sharon.
I'll make sure she sees your post.
Thanks again,


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Books by Rose Rosie Russell Children's Books Author Illustrator