Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: T.L. Needham

Outskirts Press is proud of the many self-published authors who’ve produced thousands of high-quality books with the help of our talented self-publishing and marketing experts. Over the years, these authors have racked up a number of accomplishments, awards, author benchmarks and recognitions that serve as a testament to the quality of their — and our — work.

In a tip of the hat to our talented authors, we like to showcase a different author in our regular Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This time around, we’re shining our spotlight on author T.L. Needham, who has published two books through Outskirts Press: When I was a Child and Kitty Claus. We expect even more great things in the future from this accomplished author.


T.L. Needham has published several award-winning books, including When I Was a Child and a collection of poetry called Pesky Poems, in which Kitty Claus was originally published. Needham was also founder and publisher of Relocation/Realty UPDATE, a national news magazine on corporate relocation and real estate issues, and he was publisher and editor of Kansas City Parent magazine during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He has also been a national speaker and trainer on real estate and relocation issues. Now retired, Needham lives in the Chicago area and writes full time.

When I Was a ChildWhen I Was a Child

On Ash Wednesday, 1926, a young couple, Alex and Theresa, left their six children home on the farm. They drove through heavy rains to attend mass in town. That’s when the temperature dropped fast, and the heavy rain became a snowy windswept blizzard. Only one of them would survive that night.

Focusing on the extraordinary life of Louis Pfeifer, this vividly rendered book juxtaposes vignettes of a tragic past—the loss of a mother, father, and grandmother—against Louis’s harrowing experiences as an 82nd Airborne paratrooper and prisoner of war during World War II. What emerges is an inspirational story of love and family bonds as Louis and his siblings grow up to become devoted, successful parents—despite all odds. Powerful, honest, and unflinching, When I Was a Child is about the suffering that life inflicts—and the bravery that gets us to the other side, becoming much wiser and stronger along the way.

When I Was a Child received a Bronze Medal in the annual Readers’ Favorite Awards, as well as the Best Book Award from USA Book News.

Kitty ClausKitty Claus

Can Kitty Claus, the meanest cat around, learn what Christmas is all about?

On a snowy Christmas Eve, a fierce cat named Kitty Claws rules over a family of thin, starving mice, keeping them from the tempting treats left out for Santa. But when the father mouse rescues Kitty Claws from danger, their relationship is transformed from one of adversity to a new bond of mutual friendship and Christmas spirit. Kitty Claus is a delightful story-poem of transformation, courage and righteous behavior. Kitty Claus is illustrated by talented young artist Lizzy Dodig. With beautiful illustrations and endearing characters, this book will be a treasured addition to any family’s library.

One reader who reviewed the book called it “the best read I have done in a long time, adding: “When I can get right into the book and be part of the family ups and downs and live the action as you described it, that makes for a terrific page-turner.”

Kitty Claus received a Gold Medal in the annual Readers’ Favorite Awards.

Pesky PoemsPesky Poems

A collection of poems that are a reflection of love won and lost, children, pets and love of life in general, all designed to entertain and inspire the reader.

Pesky Poems has been awarded a Silver Medal in the annual Readers’ Favorite Awards.


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