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Arkansas Author: Melanie Angell Elliott

By: 28 October 2010 2 Comments

Name: Melanie Angell Elliott

Melanie Angell Elliott

Title of Book: Why Am I Conservative? 24 Topics for Kids or Anyone

Publisher: Tate Publishing

Target audience: My target audience is conservative parents and grandparents who want to teach conservative ideals to their children and grandchildren. But as I was writing the book, I wondered if people of all ages would find it helpful. That led me to the “or anyone” part of the title. And I found that my suspicion was true: quite a few adults have told me they appreciate the book because it really helped them, even though they’re not kids anymore. So another audience is conservative adults who need some help putting their beliefs into words. They know what they believe, but sometimes it’s hard to explain why. They also appreciate having their beliefs validated by seeing them in print, in such simple language.

Tell us about your book, what’s it about?

Why Am I Conservative? 24 Topics for Kids or Anyone presents the basics of political and biblical conservatism in a read-and-discuss format. Specifically written with families in mind, it helps all readers talk about conservative values in everyday conversation.

As the title states, this book isn’t just for kids. It’s for anyone of any age who would like to learn a basic understanding of political and biblical Conservative values, or anyone who needs some help articulating why they are Conservative.

The book is divided into chapters. The chapters include: a simple Conservative value statement; an expanded explanation; quotes from Founders, American leaders, other experts, and the Bible; questions for discussion. Some chapters also include suggestions for further exploration of the topic.

The book includes a foreword by Bryan Fischer, Director of Issues Analysis at the American Family Association and host of the “Focal Point” radio program on the American Family Radio Talk Network. The afterword is by Doug Hoffman, conservative U.S. Congressional candidate, NY State 23rd District.
Tell us about the process you went through to write this book including research, time, etc.

At the beginning, I started writing down a list of topics to explore from the conservative point of view. After that, I wrote a simple statement about why, as conservatives, we believe this way. For a while I thought that would be it, but then I decided I needed to include more information about the beliefs plus some brief explanation about the opposite beliefs, which took some time to research and during which I learned a lot. It kept growing. I wrote and rewrote for about a year. The publishing process took about 10 months.
What was the inspiration to write this book?

In early 2008, I realized my two children were old enough to start learning about conservative values (They were 7 and 8 years old.). We were ready to really start the teaching and reasoning of it, which is more purposeful than just living the ideals and laying the groundwork. I thought it would be pretty simple to find an elementary-level book that would explain conservatism. But I never found one, so I decided to write one.

What was your goal in writing this book and what do you hope readers gain from it?
My goal is that conservative parents will realize that in order to preserve the greatness of America, we must retain conservative values in our citizenry and in the officials we elect. To do this, we must purposefully teach our values to the next generation within our families and our circle of influence. Almost every other influence in our lives is indoctrinating us with a different agenda. For those who have no children or grown children, they can influence others in their lives by simply engaging them in conversation to educate them. My book helps with that.

Where is the book available to purchase?

There is a list on my website, It is widely available from bookstores online. It is currently on the shelf at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville for sure, and I don’t know where else.

Any other thoughts or information you want to share?
I have been a full-time wife and mom for more than 10 years. I live in Bentonville (since 2000) with Rob, my husband of 16 years, and our two children, Cade and Hollie. I am an active volunteer at church, school, and with political events and candidates.

I will be speaking at the meeting of the Republican Women of Bentonville at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov 4 at the Bentonville Public Library and the Bella Vista Republican Women at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov 22 at the Concordia Retirement Community. My topic will center on how to talk about conservative values with the kids in our lives.

I am scheduled for a book signing 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov 13, at the Borders at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers.

My website – – has a page called “Chapter by Chapter Help.” It provides deeper information about the book like dates and contexts of quotes, possible answers to discussion questions, and keywords and links to help readers find further information about the topics in the book. It will be really helpful to those who will use it.

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