Tuesday, March 3, 2020

"Self Roar: my first super affirmation book" by Jen Cardona

My goodness! Where has time gone? Yesterday, I was able to visit a friend who I hadn't seen since before Thanksgiving. We were both shocked that it had been over three months. I guess it's true that time flies fast when you're having fun. Anyway, I have a wonderful children's book I want to introduce my readers to. Today's book is "Self Roar: my first super affirmation book," by Jen Cardona. The book is important in several different ways; e.g., it engages young readers quickly, the subject matter deals with teaching children positive affirmations, and it has been translated into seven languages. I want to congratulate Jen on a job well done.


Self Roar: my first super affirmation book (Anglais) Relié – 3 février 2020

Self-Roar is the first illustrated book that explains the importance of self-talk to kids in a didactic and fun way.
Self-Roar is number 1 book in children's list. It has been translated into more than seven languages.


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 come from the same place the Nobel winner of literature Gabriel García Márquez was. I am Colombian, and I have a huge admiration for Latin writers such as Neruda, Cortazar, Benedeti. I went to a nun school and graduated from a catholic university as well. My field is education and foreign languages, so I speak four. Although in my childhood, I didn't have access to books, I had to read the newspaper as my only option. I remember hating it. It was not until I went to the USA that I started to work as a home teacher that I saw that a lot of the kids have their own library. I could read a thousand and thousands of children books. I loved the idea of going to public libraries to see the books available for kids. Those books were my sources to create my lessons for my classes. I love designing materials and developing engaging activities to students. I would say I'm very enthusiastic about it. Today, I live in France. Here I found the inspiration to finally write the book I thought the world was missing out there. And to make it accessible to everyone, I translated it in many languages. I proudly did all this effort myself since I discovered we are the ones who have to go after our dreams.
What inspired you to author this book?
Well, I looked back to my past, and I asked myself this question what could you have done differently back then to get to the place you want to be now? And definitely, I think I wished I would have had all these resources kids have nowadays to information, but primarily I would have loved to have picture books to teach me about self-esteem, to believe in myself, and to deal with bullying. Now that I am looking to get my Ph.D. in Psychology, I realized how important it is for kids to hear from their parents, they are beautiful, and they are capable of doing everything. Kids need to hear it constantly because there are other kids at their school that will try to bring them down. So for sure, this was one of the things that inspired me to write a book about self-care and self-love.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
Well, I would say that it was the title that inspired my illustrator. Actually, the title is very unique. I took it from the word self-talk, and I thought how can I make it suitable for children, so I came up with the word Roar, which I absolutely love. It is genuine, and it is fun, and this was how we put together the cover. It had to be a kid in a dinosaur costume roaring very loudly. It was a team job to get it done, and I firmly believe it captures the message behind the words.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
I think my parents are the best influence in my life right now. Especially my mom. I loved that she believed in my projects and supported me to keep moving forward. I see them as an example of perseverance, hard-working, and humbleness in my life. And as a writer, I think Louise Hale, Dr. Ramani, Sadhguru, Dr. Eric Berg, Tom Bilyeu, Dr. Gundry, Jay Shetty, Will Smith, Lisa Nichols. I think all this people have shaped my perception of the world. I believe they have helped me to find a balance between career, spirituality, and health.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

Definitely It was to be alone in a foreign country. It was not scary for me, but It was hard. It is when you have to start from zero. I was not working at that time, and I felt I could not keep my arms crossed. So I knew immediately that as I wait It was time to get the book done. I felt something. Something that was telling me on the back of my mind that I have to do something big and excited. I spent many sleepless nights trying to finished it. Something I felt frustrated and tired but I knew I had to get it done. And now I feel extremely happy and satisfied with the results. it is unreal to see my book being sold worldwide. I can't believe my eyes.

Tell your readers about your book.

Self-Roar is the first illustrated book that explains the importance of self-talk to kids in a didactic and fun way. Self-Roar is the number 1 book in children’s list. It has been translated into more than seven languages. I combine my passion for positive thinking, wellness, and education. I encourage kids to have a better relationship with themselves and others to live in harmony, happy, and active. I love creating educational materials to share with the world.

Who is your target audience, and why?

This book is suitable for children. I know parents are going to love it. I have heard really excellent feedback from them. It is an extraordinary book.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

My greatest success is definitely this book. I spent six months in the making. I was very exigent with the details as I’ve always been. I put so much effort, love, and passion for the things I do that I know people will see it on the pages of this bestseller.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

As I said, I think there are not books out there that address this matter of positive thinking in kids. And I believe that our children and us as adults need to start the day checking with ourselves how are we feeling today so we can encourage ourselves we are going to have the best day every day.