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Friday, June 2, 2017

Hilly Pilly & the Little White Lie by Wayne Lobdell

Humorous New Children’s Book Promotes Importance of Taking Time to
Create Family Memories
Author Wayne Lobdell wrote the story based on the lasting memories he
created with his own children

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Prior to semi-retirement, author and business owner Wayne Lobdell held a successful career owning and operating numerous restaurants such as Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut with over 2000 employees.  Lobdell was putting in an average of 80-hours a week, however, when his children were young, he would always try to find time to take a break during their bedtime.

To entertain his children, one night he dressed up as a silly visiting character named Hilly Pilly that created a lifetime of memories for his now adult children.  Lobdell is sharing this character and all his silly jokes in his new children’s book, “Hilly Pilly & the Little White Lie.”

With its colorful and fun illustrations, “Hilly Pilly” entertains the whole family providing easy to remember and wholesome jokes such as, “Why do bananas put on sunscreen before they go out in the sun? So they don’t peel!”

“I wanted to show the benefits of family togetherness,” said Lobdell. “The book is based on my real life experiences with my children which they have now passed down to their own children.”

The book inspires parents to create their own lasting memories with their children, have fun with their imaginations, and create stronger bonds between them. 

The book also includes an inspiring biography of Lobdell and all profits from the book will be donated to The Boys and Girls Club of America.


“Hilly Pilly & the Little White Lie”
By Wayne Lobdell
ISBN: 978-1-365-38508-7
Available at the LuLu Online Bookstore and Amazon

Book Readers Review
Hilly Pilly & the Little White Lie is a great little book for children written by Author Wayne Lobdel and illustrated by Phyllis Pollema-Cahill. Wayne created the character Hill Pilly to entertain his own children and their cousins when they were young. 
This bedtime story is a cute little tale about Hilly Pilly and his strange way of dressing and his jokes to make the children laugh.  Phyllis’ illustrations are timeless and wonderful pictures of Hilly and his funny cloths. The simplicity of the dialogue is easy for young children and the jokes appealing for all ages. 
The book includes an interesting biography of Wayne Lobdel’s life and his climb from simple farm life to successful business man.

I received a copy of the book for an unbiased opinion.  My recommendation is five stars.

About Author
Wayne Lobdell views himself as a very lucky guy. He was born in a basement and grew up in the humble environment of a little farm. The inspiring example of his father’s hard work and meeting the love of his life in junior high pointed Lobdell on a path to finding his way to a better life. Through hard work and determination, Lobdell achieved the American dream; a wonderful family, success in business, contentment, and the ability to give back to his community. Together with his loving wife Terry, they have four children and 11 grandchildren and share their success by giving large donations to hospitals, schools, and various charities. Having a healthy, loving family with Christian values is the Lobdell’s most important mission in life. They are now enjoying semi-retirement and split their time between Traverse City, MI and Boca Raton, FL.

Author Interview
Welcome to my blog Wayne.  Please tell us about yourself and your book.
Q:
Tell us about your latest worktitle, genre, etc. — and why you wrote it?
A:
“Hilly Pilly & the Little White Lie” – I wrote it for my family and to donate the profits from the book to The Boys & Girls Club of America.
Q:
What draws you to your genre(s)? Why is this type of story compelling to you?
A:
I loved telling my children and grandchildren stories at bed time. I wanted to create lasting memories of family togetherness and encourage other families to do the same.
Q:
What is your writing process like? Do you map the whole thing out or do you just let it unfold?
A:
I first develop an outline and an objective then write and edit the work.
Q:
What kind of research was involved?
A:
Based on experience and conversations with my own family.
Q:
How much of YOU makes it into your characters?
A:
It is a memory of a time with my family, the characters are me, my wife, children and their cousins. I created the character of Hilly Pilly and actually dressed up and acted like him in real life for my children while they were growing up.
Q:
How do you balance the need to have time to write with the needs of family, society, etc.?
A:
Family is first so I mostly in my spare time.
Q:
Have there been any authors in particular, that inspired your writing?
A:
None in particular
Q:
Is there a story you want to tell behind or about your work(s)?
A:
Making memories with family and spending quality time with them is very valuable.
Q:
What other projects are you currently working on or about to start?
A:
A murder mystery novel.
Q:
Could you share some of your marketing strategies?  Which ones are the most effective in your opinion?
A:
Word of mouth and sharing my story.
Q:
What would be the top five, (or 3 or 1 or however many) things you would tell aspiring authors?
A:
Have fun with the process!
Again, thanks Wayne for taking the time to share your knowledge with us. We appreciate you and your work.

For Review Copies & General Inquiries Contact:
LAVIDGE – Phoenix
Lauren Dickerson
480-998-2600