PAGELAND – Why does Sue Magnum, a woman with a heart of gold, a mother of four, eight grandchildren, and a new face in the literary world decide to donate all of the royalties from her second published children’s book to those in need?
The answer is simple. She is a woman with a passion for others as she shows it by serving on the Tri-County Mental Health Board and is also associated with the Stars Foundation for Orphans, which focuses on awareness needs of orphans.
“Baby Finds Love” is the title of Magnum’s (pen name-Sue Boo) book and is a story that will motivate.
The story focuses around a stray dog that moves onto the back porch of a friendly old lady’s house in a neighborhood full of adventures. Things are going perfectly well until the old lady names him “Baby.” Trouble ensues as Baby tries to shake off his new name because he does not like it. He wonders if he will ever get his new name and much to his surprise, finds love when he least expected it.
Magnum’s book is also available as an eLIVE book, meaning each printed copy contains a special code redeemable for a free download of the audio version.
As well as staying busy with her career at the Chesterfield County School District Office as a curriculum secretary of 32 years, Magnum now begins her journey through a world of her very own “Sue Boo” series for children.
“Every author usually has a pen name and mine came about in a very unique way. I had two daughters in college so I worked in a nursery on second shift in addition to my day job to make extra money. The kids in the nursery would ask me what my name was and I told them, “Sue Boo.” My grandchildren called me “Grannie Boo, and it’s been this way ever since,” Magnum stated.
‘Baby Finds Love” is published by Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC; and is illustrated by retired artist and art teacher, Grace Roland, also of Pageland.
“Grace has been wonderful and is very talented. I am blessed to have her as a friend and an illustrator,” added Magnum.
Available across the globe via the Internet and in local bookstores, the book retails for $9.99 plus tax and also can be found at www.tatepublishing.com, www.amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Borders and Wal-Mart (online).
Magnum says she has enjoyed the experience of promoting her children’s books through several public appearances. Last year, she was aired on Cecil’s World, News Channel 13 WBTW in Florence. ( www.scnow.com) When her first book was published, titled (Ja-Cab Joins the Monkeys), Magnum also donated all of the royalties from the sales to the American Cancer Society for cancer research.
“I have lost loved ones and friends with cancer and I wanted to donate my royalties to help other people. Maybe one day, they will find a cure,” said Magnum.
Some of the places Magnum has traveled for book signings are Nashville and Jacksonville, Fla. In October of 2008, she attended a book signing in Monroe, S.C. at the Aquatics and Fitness Center.
“I enjoy doing the book signings because they mean more royalties that are going to organizations and those in need. Magnum plans to visit various schools and children’s hospitals after she retires to pursue those ideas.
I would like to go and just “read” to the kids, she added.
She continued, “I encourage all people to explore the world of writing because it is very relaxing and fun,” said Magnum. She has many books signings to assist patients when they have to travel for chemotherapy and radiation.
Currently, Magnum has penned five other “Sue Boo” books.
“I guess I will always have a little kid in me. I have a big imagination, and I really love writing children’s stories that make children smile,” she stated.