Christy Monson is the children’s author and she graciously accepted to visit our blog this week.
Christy, tell us where were you born & where do you live now?
I was born in Medford, Oregon, and now live in Ogden, Utah. My husband worked for the LDS Church in the Seminary and Institute program. We moved around the United States, living in Utah, Idaho, Michigan, California, Nevada, and finally back in Utah. We raised six children in the process.
After my children were in school, I went back to UNLV to become a Marriage and Family Therapist, setting up a practice in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Very impressing. How long did it take you to write your manuscript?
It took me about a week to write the first draft of this manuscript. I felt so sad for those who had experienced loss in the school shooting at Sandy Hook. Shortly after that a gunman shot up the Clackamas Towne Center in Oregon. Our daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters live about three miles from the center. The parents monitored the events carefully, but turned off all media to protect the kids from knowing about it. However, the next day at school the children were all talking about it, so you can’t protect children from knowing about tragedies like this.
As I thought about these two catastrophes, I felt something needed to be written to help parents and children look at disasters like these, be able to share their feelings, and find hope in the world around them.
Now we are curious…What is the title of your book?
The title of the book is Love, Hugs, and Hope When Scary Things Happen
Could we have a back cover blurb?
Back Cover: What do you do when scary things happen?
How interesting. What genre does your book fall into?
Genre: Parent and child’s self help picture book.
Parent/child book what a great idea.What is it about?
This is a book about love and light and is meant to help children everywhere begin the process of healing from tragedy.
Who is the main character?
The child himself is the main character.
What impact do you want your book to have on the readers?
This book will be very helpful for parents and children as they discuss various kinds of trouble in a young person’s life. Disaster can be the loss of a friend who moves away, the death of a pet, a grandparent who passes from this life–or any number of other events that seem like tragedy to the child experiencing them.
Can you share a review with us?
“Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen” is a special understanding kind of book that aims to help children find safe ways to express their feelings when bad things happen. A beautiful two part message is embedded at the core of this lovely book, with perfectly balanced text and illustration. It proclaims: “Love chases away hate (on a valentine held by a penguin) and light chases away the dark (with a lit candle held by a duck in the darkness with stars).” Further pages tell children to cuddle up close with the adults who love them and hug them to help chase away the fear and sadness. “Love, Hugs, and Hope” is available in jacketed hardcover, Kindle, Nook, iPad, and ePub. Midwestbookreview.com
That is a very good review, congratulations. Where can we get your books?
Familius link Love, Hugs, and Hope
Christy, it was a pleasure to have you and we wish you the best with this awesome book.
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