Denise Fawcett Facey – The Social Studies Helper

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

The Social Studies Helper is my current book. Designed to be a resource for secondary teachers, it’s filled with detailed activities and projects that make teaching easier and learning fun. Plus, it has the rubrics and handouts to accompany these assignments.

What inspired you to write this book?

With all of the resource books available for teachers, there never seem to be any for high school teachers. Yet, these types of books really do facilitate teaching. So, I decided to develop one myself, with the same types of fun assignments I created and used for my own students.

Tell us something about yourself.

As much as I enjoyed teaching — yes, I’m one of those people who actually like working with teenagers — I left two years ago to write. The funny thing is, I’m still educating—just in a different, but equally creative way. And I like that!

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Write about your passion. By this, I mean that writers should write on the topics that evoke the strongest interest and emotion within themselves. Whether that subject is the inner workings of a car or the machinations of the human mind is not nearly as important as the passion and enthusiasm that the writer brings to the subject. That passion becomes contagious and draws the reader in, making the writing far more interesting than if the writer had covered a subject of less personal interest.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I’ve actually written two more books: one for recent graduates, helping them to determine what they want out of life after graduation and the other for teachers, offering ways to add creativity and innovation to teaching. I’d like to see these two books published next.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

My website,, has information about my book and all of my other writings as well, including a weekly education blog and a monthly Christian Living column. Plus, since I write reviews of books for one website and articles on various topics for other websites, I’ve included links to them too. And, of course, I have a biography page on my website, for those who might be interested in learning a bit about me. By subscribing to my newsletter, readers can keep up with all of my writings.

Where can readers purchase your book?

My book is available at many booksellers’ websites including Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Books-A-Million, among several others.