• Interview with Jean Ann Reuter

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    Oodles of Love is a children’s book that teaches children how to believe in themselves and think positive thoughts.

    Jean Ann Reuter is the Founder and CEO of TrainPeople.com, Inc. and Heart Centered Education Publications, Inc. having written such success as Oodles of Love and University for Women.

     

    How long have you been an Author for and what inspired you to start writing? I became a best-selling author last November.  I have been writing most of my life through my career as an owner of an Instructional Design company.  It was always a dream of mine to write a children’s book since I was in college.  I was inspired to actually write the book, during a ‘Come as you will be’ party at Jack Canfield’s Train-the-Trainer in February of 2014.  I meditated the day after the party and the name of the book came to me and about 2 weeks later, I wrote the book.

    What is a book that impacted you as a child? Many children’s books have impacted me, but it wasn’t until I took a Children’s Literature Course in college.  The Maurice Sendak's book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and the Curious George books have always been favorites.

    What is your Favorite book now? Harry Potter Books

    What is your favorite thing about being an Author? I love how I am able to help inspire children and others to believe in themselves.

    What was your biggest challenge about becoming an Author?  Taking the first step and being a self-published author.  I did not realize how hard it is to market the book and get others to believe in your message.  I still work full time in my business and have found it difficult to find the time to market my book.

    Any tips for aspiring Authors out there?  I think if this is a dream, and you want to write a book that will inspire others, you need to go for it.  There are lots of resources available to you to self-publish.  Making a dream come true that helps others is sometimes the biggest accomplishment you can make to the world.  Just do it!

    What are you working on next? I am working on a book of inspirational poems that I have written over the past 4 years.   The poems have gotten me through a difficult time in my personal life and I am writing a story that goes with each poem.  It identifies my feelings, thoughts and inspirations on how to get through difficult times.  I have also written my 2nd and 3rd children’s books, which I hope to publish in the next couple of years.

    How can our readers find you?

    www.oodlesoflovebooks.com

    www.trainpeople.com

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  • Interview With Maria Dismondy

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    Book Description – Johnny is a big fan of school but that all changes when the new kid, Gabe arrives. Gabe doesn't speak any English, and that doesn't stop Johnny from going out of his way to be unkind. What will Johnny do when Gabe starts to make new friends? Will he join in the fun of making a new friend or turn the other way? Johnny realizes a powerful message in this story where empathy and inclusion teach us that actions speak louder than words. Read to find out how chocolate milk plays a major role in the discovery of the real universal language.

     

     

    Dismondy Head Shots-14-2Maria Dismondy is an Award-Winning Children's Author having written such successes as Spaghetti In A Hot Dog BunThe Juice Box Bully, Pink Tiara Cookies for Three, The Potato Chip Champ, Spoonful of Sweetness and Chocolate Milk, Por Favor.

    How long have you been an Author for and what inspired you to start writing? Since 2007—I was a teacher and being in the classroom working with young children inspired me to start writing. I wanted my message of hope and empowerment to get out to as many children and families as possible. Writing a book was one avenue to get the message delivered to my audience.

    What is a book that impacted you as a child? Where the Red Fern Grows. The amount of love, loss and heartache in this story made me feel like I was the main character. I will never forget how emotional I was reading that book. I love when a book does this for a reader!

    What is your favourite book now?  The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.

    What is your favourite thing about being an Author? Spreading joy and hope to children across the globe.  I also really enjoy speaking at schools and being able to share my experiences with children in person.

    What was your biggest challenge about becoming an Author? Learning the business  side of being an author was challenging for me. I started my degree in social work, then I went into child development, english and education. I never took one marketing or business course in my studies. Between working as a teacher full time, starting my book business and being pregnant with our first child, there was a huge learning curve when I took on this new adventure!

    Any tips for aspiring Authors out there? Start writing! This is the first step. Join a critique/writing group to share your work with others. Another piece of advice is to research the current market. Be sure that the idea you have and consider to be unique really is compared to books already printed and on shelves.

    What are you working on next? A new children’s picture book that will be released May 2016

    How can our readers find you?

    Visit my website, www.mariadismondy.com, or click the social media links below.

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