Happy Father's Day to all fathers. I hope everything goes perfect for you. For those of you who don't know what to get your father, how about a copy of my novel THE KEYSTROKE KILLER or A.D.A.M. THE BEGINNING OF LIFE. for this day only, I have put them both on sale. I must say, that didn't work for my husband. He wanted a not to cook and go out for a steak dinner.
Tomorrow is the big day for Sue Zook and Mary Lazsarski because BECOMING MISS IZZY goes on sale.
What inspired you to author this book?
I wrote a cartoon series called Nahlas Universe about a little girl with TWO mommies who learns some of life's greatest lessons through singing, playing and just being herself. Based on New thought Ancient Wisdom and the "7 Spiritual Laws for Kids" by Deepak Chopra. I then thought bout how much my daughter and I enjoy reading together and the pricelessness of that quality time. So I decided to turn those episodes into books that can be quality time for other families.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
My wife and I have read a book to our daughter every day since she was born, and so many of them have influenced my writing today. The infamous Dr. Seuss, Lisa Mccourt, Marty Kelly but also many small self-published ones just like my own.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
Life happens period, and I have had my more than fair share of adversity. I am a disabled vet suffering from PTSD and depression; normal obstacles can seem insurmountable. Through relationships, both personal and internal battles, to motherhood, to just life my biggest obstacles is always getting out of my own way.
How did you come up with the idea of cartoon TV? Tell me all about it.
My wife and I have a two-year-old daughter. As she began showing more interest in TV and talking last year, I just noticed that so many children videos, nursery rhymes, and stories showed only mommy and daddy. Then one day she asked what's daddy? We told her some kids have a mommy and daddy, and some have different families like hers. Soon she became more and more inquisitive. Especially when the baby shark song went viral and all of the finger family songs. It merely broke our heart that she was searching for something that seemed missing because that was all she saw on TV.
One day I said let's mix this up a bit and searched for cartoons or nursery rhymes with two moms and two dads. I entered lesbian cartoon mom in google and it yielding zero results. I thought OMG how many things yield zero on the World Wide Web!? I found maybe three total videos after lots of digging. So after being saddened, I just felt a fire go through my heart and I said this had to change. It is 2019 Same-sex marriage has been legal for four years yet we still act like it is something kids aren't supposed to see, and I don't agree because this is what my daughter sees every day. This is her “normal” she has two mommies. I began doing more digging and decide to be the change. My wife helps me set the youtube page up, and I started teaching myself how to animate by watching youtube videos. I then started doing research and found out the mental health risk associated with the lack of this representation. Being a suicide survivor myself; I do not want my child or any other child to become a statistic, so I just knew it was my purpose to bring this to light. I am now able to pay for some better quality videos will have the book published in a couple of weeks and am on the way to getting more exposure and spreading more awareness.
If you were going to give one reason for anyone looking at your book to read, why should they buy it?
Because it is driving a bigger cause, which is to reduce youth suicide rates, youth suicide rates dropped by fourteen percent when same-sex marriage became legalized nationally. This means when children see themselves reflected positively in the world they live in, then they feel more hope for their future. Thus, making material like mine imperative on a preventative level.
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
One of my greatest successes in life is longevity in relationships. It is an amazing blessing to know someone long enough to see them grow literally and figuratively. I value and cherish the few long them relationships I have with my closest friends, family, and loved ones. They take real time, care, attention, and effort to cultivate, and I am proud of that.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
I believe wholeheartedly that I am the only person who can see the world through my perspective. So that is what sets me apart, my perspective, it is coming from the most real part of me. The part that is invisible.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
I overcome writer block by identifying certain shows, music, or books that inspire me and taking a moment to watch, listen, or read when I feel stuck. However, I always make my self touch it every day. Even if I sit and stare at the screen for an hour, or write one word. I do it consistently because the blocks will come and go and as long as you don’t give up you will make progress until you are finished.
What one piece of advice do you have for new authors.
My advice would be to be consistent and trust the process. One of my favorite sayings is the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. So remember to keep the bigger picture in mind but fall in love with the process, with the small daily things that add up because that is where most of your time is spent.
I would like to spread the word about my #shineyourlight campaign to raise awareness on the influence social policy has on youth suicide rates and that LGBT youth are four times as likely to be a statistic. To encourage others to shine their own lights, live in their transparency to give others permission to do the same.