Nikki Mark – Mommy Brings Home the Bacon

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

Mommy Brings Home the Bacon. I wrote this book for my son, who was four at the time and having a difficult time understanding why I had to go to work. I couldn’t find a book that addressed the topic of working mothers in the way I felt we both needed, so I decided to write one. The book addresses all mothers and how hard they work, but then zooms in on working mothers, what they do all day, how they touch children’s lives in a way children don’t often appreciate and some of the techniques the narrator (a young boy) and his working mother use to stay connected throughout each day. The young boy who narrates the story explores in a lighthearted and comical manner what “Mommy Brings Home the Bacon” means, and the definition is ultimately left to a child’s imagination.

Tell us something about yourself.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. Received my MBA from the Thunderbird School of International Management. I am currently the Executive Vice President of Operation for sbe, an LA based lifestyle and hospitality company. This is my first book that was a result of me not finding the one that I believed my child needed. I never intended for anyone other than my children to see this book but when my close circle of friends and colleagues asked for a copy of the book for their children, I realized that other working mothers and their children might need it too. So, I decided to have fun with it and enjoy the process of connecting with other working mothers through the process.

How did you choose the title?

I wrote the book on a flight to New York and the name popped in my mind the minute I sat down on the plane and started writing. It was just an obvious title for me. My first draft was completed by the time I landed in New York and by the time I returned from New York 3 days later, I was ready for illustrations. I rushed back to Los Angeles to see if the name was legally available, and when I learned that it was, I knew the book was meant to be.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

I didn’t want to wait for an agent or publisher to tell me whether the book was good or bad. I had sent it to a handful of agents who either didn’t respond, said they weren’t looking for children’s books or said they were working on something similar. Quite frankly, I never expected them to even respond to my inquiries so the minute illustrations were completed I started looking for ways to sell and marketing it myself. With social media and so many digital marketing outlets, I knew there were other ways to reach an audience as opposed to just relying upon traditional publishers and marketing techniques. Ultimately, I figured that if I needed this book other working mothers might also need it, and I knew if I got creative and scrappy in terms of marketing it, I could have some fun and get it in front of the right audience.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I never thought I’d write a book. I did write stories as a child, so it makes sense that I didn’t blink at the thought of writing this book when the idea came to mind. But I’m a pretty practical and rational personal, so the idea that I’d pursue this creative outlet is still surprising to me.

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

I have a second book in my head, which also touches upon a sensitive topic for mothers and their children that I don’t believe has been addressed yet in a children’s book. But I’ve just released “Mommy Brings Home the Bacon” and can’t get ahead of myself!

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

Writing a great story is only the first step. Getting people to know, talk about, and eventually buy your book takes a lot of time, effort, and additional dollars. If you do chose to self-publish a book, you need to consider how you will accomplish getting the word out about it and how much you are willing to spend in order to do that.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Working mothers with toddlers between the ages of 3 and 7. My 3 year old really loves it and while I skip over some words for him to speed up the pace and keep his focus, he definitely grasps the message and loves saying “my Mommy brings home the bacon!.” It’s also perfect for preschoolers and kindergartners, through first grade.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

www.mommybringshomethebacon.com and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mommy-Brings-Home-The-Bacon-written-by-Nikki-Mark/162724077079673. The book is also available on Amazon.com.