Monday, February 17, 2020

"How Big is Your Love" by Deborah Price

Good morning world. Whew! The last six days has basically been a nightmare for me because I have been extremely ill with flu like symptoms, both ears plugged and infected, a horrible cough, and tightness in my chest requiring breathing treatments four times a day. I plugged long hoping for the best. I went to the emergency care and they tested me for the Coronovirus because I had all of the symptoms. Praise Him in His holy name that it wasn't that. After a steroid shot, breathing treatments, prescriptions for cough, wheezing etc. I made it back home and went back to bed. I finally started feeling better sometime yesterday and today, on a scale of 1 to 10, I feel like a six. So, I'm am improving. Thank all of you for your continued support and prayers.

While I was sick, it was amazing how my grandchildren took care of me. Yes, grandchildren. My four-year-old granddaughter, insisted that I drink water and take a nap. She also sat by me reading me books. My other four-year-old grandson, said, "Muma, I think you should do another breathing treatment; that always makes me feel better." And, my ten-year-old insisted on bringing me orange juice and made be a bowl of tomato soup. I feel blessed that my grandchildren recognize the need to help someone. I can't tell you how all of this warms my heart and I love them so much.

This brings me to today's book, "How Big is Your Love," by Deborah  Price. I believe we need more stories like this one to share with our children and grandchildren. Written from the heart of a mother, this book will simply warm your heart. Take a look and meet the author.


How Big is Your Love Paperback – November 20, 2019


How Big is Your Love?

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
I am a native of Roanoke, Virginia, where I continue to live with my husband, children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends. I'm a second time around parent of twin girls that I love to the moon and back. They keep me busy, which can make scheduling time to write a little tricky, but we get it done.

I am a graduate of William Fleming High School. I have worked for organizations such as a Family Development Specialist, provided Therapeutic Day Treatment Services, and worked as a Mental Health Case Manager. I have worked in the service field for over twenty years, assisting children and families. I currently provide case management services and facilitates motherhood classes to pregnant and parenting mothers within her community, with Stronger Parents, Brighter Futures.

I believe in the Universal Precautions of Love regarding trauma where you assume that every child you meet needs love, to prevent further trauma.

I have a passion for healthy families and a lifelong belief that every child deserves to feel loved reflects in both her written and daily work.
What inspired you to author this book?
I'm a second time around parent. Anyone that has ever provided kingship care, you understand that this can be all-encompassing. Your entire life shifts. One moment you are preparing to send your youngest child off to college, and the next, you are responsible for twin baby girls. They were in the NICU for almost a month, and I was working full-time, so navigating the changes was difficult.
The question, '”How Big is You Love?” was something that I spoke to God about quite frequently. My answer to that question was and continues to be, “Big Enough for Sweet Little You.” I began this journey believing that I would help and teach my girls, but I have learned so much more from them.

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
 owe that to the wonderful team of Qamber Kids, Najla, the cover designer, and Daniela Frongia the illustrator. The team worked hard to create my vision. Jenn Lillico’s knowledge and navigational skills was incredible. The young girl reaching up to capture all of the love in this word, was a perfect decision.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
I get a ton of inspiration, around every corner in my home courtesy of my twin daughters Sophia and Ahleeya, and a little Beta fish named Bluey.

Although I have wanted to write since I met my first-grade teacher, Mrs. Gibson, she was incredible. I will never forget all that she taught me. I believe that Mrs. Gibson practiced the Universal Precautions of Love. She loved teaching and I felt that about her.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
There are a ton of things to navigate throughout the day, managing the girl's schedules, working full-time, being a mom, and wife. It doesn’t leave much time for writing and managing a publishing company.

I think with my first novel Kismet, The Incomparable Life of Madison Ryan, I went through growing pains. I knew absolutely nothing about publishing or marketing. One thing for sure is that I will never accept a free ISBN again. I went through a print on demand company that offered the free ISBN, not realizing that by doing so, they owned the rights to my softcover book.

When I wrote How Big is Your Love? I knew that I wanted complete control of this book. The story is so close to my heart that I founded my own publishing company and navigated it.
Tell your readers about your book.
Nana answers her sweet little granddaughter's questions, about LOVE and teaches her that we all have enough LOVE in our hearts for everyone in this world, including all the swimming fishes. I believe this world needs more love and compassion. We have the capacity to embrace diversity and operate from a place of acceptance. I hope that people walk away from this story understanding the importance of LOVE.

Who is your target audience, and why?

I would like to think that younger children will enjoy this book, parents and grandparents will love reading “How Big is Your Love?” To their children and grandchildren.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

The day that I became a mom. I know that may sound cliche, but its the truth. I love being a mom and now a grandmother. The greatest success as far as my professional career was the day I published Kismet and now How Big is Your Love. The books have different emotions tied to them.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
My ability to draw from everyday life and create a story that millions could relate too. We all want to be loved and accepted, and I think that my passion for children and health for the family is on every page.