Guest #3 – C. L Murphy & LOVABLE LOBO ~ Christmas Stories for Kids

me-w-christmas-hatHi Everyone!  This week, I’m just so tickled to introduce you to another OUTSTANDING and TALENTED “Indie Children’s Author,” and my friend, C. L. Murphy!  Cathy is the fun, and genius, behind the adorable Lovable Lobo series – AND her award winning Christmas story, Lobo’s Howliday.  Kids are going to love it!  
Grammy Pags:
  Hi Cathy!  I’m so excited that you stopped here for a quick vist!!  Please tell everyone a little about yourself.

cl-murphyCathy / C.L. Murphy:  Well, I’m a tamer of fictitious wild animals and the author and illustrator of the children’s picture book series THE ADVENTURES OF LOVABLE LOBO.  I also spend most of my days trying to manage my overactive imagination.

Grammy Pags:  You are just so adorable, and by the way, my grandchildren and I LOVE the Lovable Lobo stories!!  So tell us about the inspiration behind the Lovable Lobo series?

cathys-loboCathy / C.L. Murphy:  The main character in the series was inspired by a wolf that I raised for over 14 years.  He was a lovable galoot and a far cry (or howl) from any of the big bad wolves that are often portrayed in children’s literature.

The idea behind the multi-award winning book, LOBO’S HOWLIDAY, was sparked while I waited for my car to be serviced at a dealership ~ that happened to have ~ “Electric Smart Cars” on display.

smart-carGrammy Pags:  So LOBO’S HOWLIDAY was inspired when your car was being serviced? And electric smart cars?  And wolves?  Oh my!!  Please tell us more!

C. L. Murphy:  While I waited for my car to be serviced, I began lobo-santathinking of what would happen if a ginormous fleet of Smart Sleighs shorted out the electrical grid. Santa’s lo-tech approach to package delivery and the possibility of an efficient, high-tech method using Smart Sleighs, came to mind. A fleet of Smart Sleighs plugged in readying to fly around the world could certainly pull an excessive amount of power, I thought. How could Lobo, with his non-existent tech ways, save the day…make that night? I had hours to ponder the storyline while waiting and so…a quirky rendition of the Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s classic tale was hatched. Can you howl ho ho ho?

lobos-howliday-coverGrammy Pags:  This is so much fun – I love it!  Your imagination was in high gear while you were waiting for your car to be serviced!!  What a great story idea!!  Kids – and adults –  will have to read LOBO’S HOWLIDAY to see if Santa and Lobo were able to save Christmas!   Here’s the Amazon link: Lobo’s Howliday

Grammy Pags:  Thank you so much for sharing the back story!!  So, Cathy, is there anything else you would like to share with us?

Cathy / C.L. Murphy:  I’ve been a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) since 2012.  I live among the wildlife in a real enchanted forest with my husband.  We have two wildly perfect or perfectly wild sons, depending on the day, and a menagerie of other untamed animals.

Grammy Pags:  You are so delightful and fun!!  Where can fans keep track of you?

Cathy / C.L. Murphy:   Fans can follow me on Twitter @LovableLobo (New friends make life tweeter!) and on my webpage: Lovable Lobo’s Webpage

Grammy Pags:  Thanks so much for joining us today, C.L. Murphy of the Lovable Lobo Series.  For more information – check out these Lovable Lobo Links:

Best Holiday Book 2014 per Kid Lit Reviews:

2014 Gold Medal Winner – eLit Awards:

2014 Gold Award Recipient – Mom’s Choice Awards:

5 star rating from Readers’ Favorite

2015 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree:

Book trailer youtube:

Amazon link:

iBookstore link:

Please check out my other December guest authors & their Christmas stories:  Laura Lee Scott, Melinda Kinsman, and Grammy Pags Stories for Kids. Here’s the link:



Author: Rhonda Paglia, Children's Author

Rhonda Paglia has been an independently published author since 2013. Her first book, “The Little Lambs and the Very Special Mission,” is dedicated to and written in honor of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. ALL profits from the sale of the “Little Lambs” book go to the “Angels in Charge Scholarship” for kids from Newtown (CT) High School. Since the release of her first book, Rhonda, is thrilled and honored to have received several prestigious Indie Author Awards. She is a "Moms Choice Silver Award" recipient for her "Meeda and Me" early / beginner reader picture book series; a recipient of the 2015 “Gittle List Top 10 Children's Picture Book Award" for "Grammy's Rockin' Color Rap-a-licious Rap;" and her story, "Three Little Gnomes and a Boy Named Orion," received both a 2015 "Inkspokes Select Book Award" and a 2016 "Readers' Favorite Book Award Winner, Honorable Mention," in the children's general category. Ms. Paglia has authored 11 children's picture books and 2 middle grade non-fiction books. In a former life, Ms. Paglia was an elementary teacher with the Hermitage School District, Hermitage, PA. She and her husband have three grown children, five grandchildren, and a little pup named Bella. "Grammy Pags," as she is now called, enjoys gardening, tap dancing, yoga, and, of course, writing stories for kids! Ms. Paglia is a member of SCBWI, PennWriters, and WestPA Authors.

2 thoughts on “Guest #3 – C. L Murphy & LOVABLE LOBO ~ Christmas Stories for Kids”

  1. Thank you, Rhonda, for having me on your blog and sharing the spirit of Christmas! Merry Christmas to you and your pack! ❤

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