1) Please provide a short excerpt of what your children’s book is about.
Sharing Is Love teaches kindness, caring and empathy among our little ones. I wanted to create a picture book that is positive, straightforward and filled with love. Sharing is Love is for ages one to five years. This series of books combines colorful illustrations and rhyming text with important life lessons. Parents will feel hopeful and proud by reinforcing important everyday social skills through an easy to follow story.
2) What inspired you to write this book?
My inspiration was my two young boys, now ages 3 and 5. Their daily power struggles over toys and random situations around the house encouraged me to write a book, specifically about siblings and their sharing habits. My boys love books and reading, so the best way for me to teach them more about the importance of sharing was through a book written by their mother.
3) How did you come up with the title or series of your book?
The title came naturally to me. I wanted the title message to come across clearly for little kids. Sharing ultimately shows love and kindness to everyone around you. It was a catchy title and seems to be effective, since when my boys are angry at each other they will often yell, “sharing Is love!”. Although they are arguing at the time, at least the title is memorable.
4) Why did you pick this genre?
In order for me to write a children’s book I had to relate to the age group. I currently can most relate to kids 5 and under, since that has been my reality so far.
5) How do the illustrations complement your book? What was important to you as an author?
I had to incorporate meaningful photographs and relate to the pages completely, in order to be honest and proud of the end product. My idea started with wanting to write a book specifically for my two young boys. I decided to create characters to resemble them, so that my sons would find this an appealing story that they can relate to. I also thought it was something they would one day find cute as adults, seeing that their mom designed and made a book for them. It was important for me to design colourful and bright characters that other kids could connect with.
6) As a child, what books and/or authors influenced you the most and why?
I remember reading many Dr. Seuss books, which are still classic today. My boys love these books. Perhaps this influenced my desire to have rhyming text in my books.
7) What is the most fulfilling thing about being an author?
I would say the most fulfilling aspect is hearing that kids are enjoying the book and quoting the lines. It is a great feeling seeing that my vision is grabbing kids’ attention. It has been wonderful having children at my son’s school ask when my next book is coming out….that specifically made me smile and was gratifying.
8) What do you hope children will take away with them after reading your book?
I think that every young child remembers and takes away something different depending on their age, but in the end I hope they will learn that sharing with friends and siblings only adds more fun to their life. I also hope that kids have the desire to show empathy for those around them. This is something I admit to still working on with my young boys…showing empathy to others.
9) Who is/are your favourite author/s as an adult and why?
I do not have a specific favourite author, but I have always enjoyed Nicholas Sparks’ books. I love reading autobiographies too and am a big magazine reader. I love learning about someone or something new when I read a book or magazine.
10) What are you working on now?
At the moment I am marketing my two books and researching which book conferences to attend in 2015. I am also making notes for my third book out in the middle of next year. I am very excited about this book, because it will address differences in individuals that still make everyone unique and special. This is a serious topic and I am spending the coming months researching. I think this is essential for young kids to learn at an early age…learning to accept everyone. Whether someone has Down’s Syndrome, autism or a facial difference, we are all important. These are trickier messages to get across to children who are young, so it will be a great process for me.