I’ve recently published a children’s book titled Brookie Cookie Bookie. It’s about friendship, acceptance and celebrating our differences. My dream would be for parents, caregivers and educators to use this book as a tool to ignite the conversation about acceptance with our toddlers.
Tell us something about yourself.
Ironically, I do not identify myself as a writer, despite the fact that I’ve recently published a book. I am a mother… of a beautiful three year old girl named Brooke. The role of mommy has had a very profound impact on me as a person and the type of person I want my child to be. I am consumed with making sure that she is equipped with whatever it takes for her to lead a successful and happy life, despite the challenges that life may send her way.
What inspired you to write this book?
It’s my role as a mom, coupled with the widespread bullying and cyber-bullying that’s taking place among our children that have inspired me to write this book. I believe that once our children reach the point that they are bullying (or being bullied) it’s nearly impossible to stop it. We, as parents and caregivers need to begin these conversations early, before Kindergarten. Ultimately, my fear of my child not being accepted became my inspiration to teach the world about acceptance, via Brookie Cookie Bookie.
How did you choose the title?
We call our daughter Brookie Cookie. The book was written, and I hadn’t chosen a title yet… A family friend asked “how’s the Brookie Cookie Bookie coming along?” It just stuck…. We knew from that moment, literally, that Brookie Cookie Bookie was the title.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
Publishing a children’s book is nearly impossible. The market is flooded. This message, however was so important to me that I chose to self-publish through Amazon. The self-publishing department is called Create Space.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
The characters are all family and friends of the real-life Brookie Cookie.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
It’s a tough business!
t types of books did you like to read as a child?
I LOVED Shel Silverstein. Obsessed. This is ironic because several of his books were a series of poems (ie. Where the Sidewalk Ends) and Brookie Cookie Bookie is a series of poems.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Yes! It’s called The Funky Yellow Bus and is about overcoming the fear of the school bus. Similar to Brookie Cookie Bookie, this book was inspired by my fear that my child will not be accepted by others.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
You have literally nothing to lose – but just be prepared that it’s a tough business.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
The perfect audience for this book are children between the ages of 2-7.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
For more information, a more detailed description of the book or to purchase, you can visit my website at www.brookiecookiebookie.org. The book is also available on Amazon.com. Just search for Brookie Cookie Bookie.
there anything else you’d like to tell us about your book?
Yes, a portion of the proceeds from Brookie Cookie Bookie are being donated to charities that assist children and families with a wide variety of adversity. Most likely these charities will be related to Autism and Special Needs, but this will be officially determined once we know how much we are able to donate.