Irish Beth Maddock releases her award-winning children’s book
while opening up about her own past
It isn’t every day that you hear of an author who was once abandoned by her mother, raised by her father only to become a prolific, amazing writer and get so many awards for her works.
Award-winning author Irish Beth Maddock released her first children’s book in Canada last year to a heap of awards. Beyond raking in positive reviews, The Great Carp Escape (Word Alive) has won recognition from 10 literary award sponsors thus far, including Reader’s Favorite Awards, a USA Best Book Award, and an Illumination Book Award. Maddock’s debut Christian children’s book is a quiet allegory of the Gospel of Jesus and how He brings us–as represented by the carp–from dead water to living water.
Abandoned by her mother at the age of four and raised by a working father, Maddock was left to care for her one year old brother. Growing up with such great responsibility in childhood, but also with much freedom, Maddock and her brother took to living a life of lakeside discovery.
Living on Okanagan Lake in British Columbia, Canada, Maddock and her brother spent many afternoons playing in the shallows and discovering God’s creation. After a particularly wet spring where a shallow pond formed from the lake’s overflow with bottom-feeding carp, Maddock discovered the premise for her story. Promoting compassion and appreciation for all of God’s creatures, The Great Carp Escape helps children discover God’s love through understanding and community.
The Great Carp Escape has earned the following award placements:
- 2015 Illumination Book Awards – Gold Medal – “Enduring Light” Children’s Picture Book
- 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards – Winner – Children’s Religious
- 2015 USA Best Book Awards – Finalist – Children’s Religious
- 2015 International Book Awards – Finalist – Children’s Religious
- 2015 Reader’s Favorite Best Illustrated Book Award – Christian
- 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards – Finalist – Children’s Religious
- 2015 New Apple Book Awards – Solo Medalist – Religion / Spirituality
- 2015 Global eBook Excellence Award – Silver Medal – Children’s Christian Picture Book
- 2015 NABE Pinnacle Book Awards – Fall – Children’s Interest
- 2015 Reader’s Favorite 5 Star Medallion – Awarded by author, Bil Howard
To view The Great Carp Escape book trailer, click here.
Irish Beth Maddock has been a newspaper columnist, been featured in Reader’s Digest, and on broadcasts including: 100 Huntley Street, Okanagan News Television, and Canadian National Broadcast Radio. She is a published poet who has both performed in and directed plays and musical theater productions. Her award-winning children’s book, The Great Carp Escape, is available as a fundraiser for schools, churches, charities and ministries in need and has raised over $1000.00 for such causes thus far. As a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Independent Book Publishers Association, Inscribe, and The World Guild, Maddock would like to continue to do something about those ideas that get downloaded into her brain at 2AM.
Word Alive, Inc. began as a distributor over twenty-five years ago, and today is one of the largest and most trusted suppliers of Christian books, entertainment and giftware in Canada. Word Alive Press is harnessing the power of conventional royalty-based publishing and distribution and infusing a new partnership approach to the process.
***Read Below for Even More About Irish Beth Maddock ***
Irish Beth Maddock tells the story of two children becoming champions to God’s creation, in her new book The Great Carp Escape (Word Alive, Inc.). A children’s story steeped in real life events, Maddock weaves a fish “tail” of discovery and love by encouraging everyone, young and old, to become a voice to the voiceless and show respect to all of God’s creatures.
Abandoned by her mother at the age of four and raised by a working father, Maddock was left to care for her one year old brother. Her book, a quiet allegory of the Gospel of Jesus, is a celebration of God’s redeeming love in her life.
Living on Okanagan Lake in British Columbia, Canada, Maddock and her brother spent many afternoons playing in the shallows and discovering God’s creation. After a particularly wet spring, a lake flood forms a shallow pond by their weeping willow tree, trapping bottom feeding carp, which become the premise for Maddock’s story.
Although Irish was a child when her “Great Carp Escape” happened, it wasn’t until her twenties that she discovered God’s love for her. Irish realized not only does God think we are all wonderful but that without Him, we are all simply fish out of water. The redemptive message of how Jesus brings us from dead water to living water is quietly written in The Great Carp Escape for people of all ages to see. With the dad in the story portrayed as Jesus, the book is based on Psalm 27:10: “Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.”
Maddock offers The Great Carp Escape as a fundraising tool for schools, churches, and charities in need and has raised over $1000.00 to help causes thus far. As a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Independent Book Publishers Association, Inscribe, and The World Guild, Maddock would like to continue to do something about those ideas that get downloaded into her brain at 2AM. To learn more about her, visit her website here.