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 CB 3 Divorce Molly My Parents Fight

Coming Attraction ~
My Parents Still Fight! 
(One of the Problem Solving Stories for Kids of Divorce)

 An Author Interview

There are the books everyone has heard about: Twilight, Hunger Games, and Fifty Shades of Gray. But what about all those books written by people you’ve never heard of? Some of them are treasures, just waiting to be found, and that’s what this blog hop is all about: the books you might not have heard about, but that you might end up loving.

Blog Hop interviews authors and shares their books and coming attractions.

Blog Hop is like a game of tag. One author posts and tags other authors who link back to their website the next week and tag new authors. If you follow the blog hop long enough, you’re bound to find some books you’ll love! Maybe you’ll even discover a book that ends up being the next big thing.

I was tagged by Dr. Par Donahue. You can learn more about his book, Messengers in Denim, and his next release,Tools for Raising Kids of Character on his website: http://www.messengersindenim.com/?page_id=4

Blog Hop includes ten questions to help you learn more about an author’s present work or work in progress. Here’s the interview with a little info about my work in progress:

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1. What is the working title of your new book?

Character Building for Kids of Divorce: Problem Solving Stories with Family Discussions

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

As a teacher and counselor, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many parents and children experiencing divorce. This book will be a useful tool to help parents learn the concerns of their children and help them through their pain. Each story will include a positive tool that children can use immediately.

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Hey Mom, When's Dad Coming?
(Another Problem Solving Story with a Positive Tool for Kids)
 

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Child Development, Positive Psychology, Parenting

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

The cartoon characters in the stories would fit with the Charlie Brown style actors from Charles Shultz.

5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

These interactive cartoon stories help parents discuss with their children their worries and concerns about divorce through gentle discussion questions, art work, and rhymes.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I will publish it through KidsDiscuss.com as a Kindle book on Amazon.com

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I’m in the process of writing it and hope to complete it by June, 2013.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Because of its unique format, I’m not aware of other books like it.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

As a child and family counselor, I’ve felt the hurt children experience when their parents divorce. They are my inspiration. Also my social work friends from Divorce Life Line encouraged me to write it for the parents in their classes.

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My Parent Are Divorcing!
(Amy is just learning about her parents' divorce.)
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Each chapter begins with a story many kids of divorce experience. Within the story, the cartoon character uses a practical tool to deal with the problem. Each tool is easy for young readers to apply.

The parent/child activities that follow give each child the opportunity to express his thoughts, feelings, and give advice to the character in the story.

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I also recommend my friend and author, Katherine Gordy Levine who is such a star in the parenting field:

Parents Are People Too: An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents

or at
http://parents-are-people-too.com/

When Good Kids Do Bad Things - A Survival Guide for Parents of Teenagers

Katherine Gordy Levine Blog

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With warm wishes,

Jean Tracy, MSS

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