Can you tell us more about your book “King, Mom and Mommy”?
King, Mom, And Mommy is my way of telling the children with same gender parents that they are loved too. In this book, a little boy discovers that his family doesn’t quite look like other families and he wants to know why. With only his parents to confide in, he sits down to ask them the difficult questions. His parents are amazing! They are robot dancing, bedtime hugging, and lifetime loving type of parents and it’s wonderful.
The Book tells us an important message, and that we should all be treated fairly and compassionately, no matter who we are, where we come from and in the case of “King, Mom and Mommy” who are parents are. What was your inspiration behind writing this book?
I wrote this book for my son. If I’m being honest, I was once only in relationships with women. I used a donor in order to conceive my small king. He is the original King Aidan. I wanted a way to convey to him that he is loved and no matter what people say, he has a right to be happy. I ultimately decided not to put this book out but… There is such a need for this message. My son can recite it verbatim. Although having two mothers is no longer his circumstance, he can empathize with other children in this situation and he treats them like he treats everyone else.
Can you tell us more about the characters in your books? How will young readers, and potentially adults who read these stories to their children relate to the characters?
The main mother in this story is like every mom in the world! Smothering! Her love for her son leaps from the pages with every word she speaks. Kin g Aidan is your everyday little boy. I set his age between 5 and 7. He’s becoming aware of the world around him and it is beautiful to grow with this character as his explores the outside. I hope that little boys everywhere no matter their ethnicity, will be able to see themselves as a king.
If you could describe your creative work, the stories you write and the messages that you want to share in 10 words, what would they be?
There is no such thing as right or wrong.
This is your second book? What other ideas, or ethical stories would you like to teach young children?
I’m not into teaching children so much as I simply want to share with them that it is ok. It will all be ok. Although I say that I’m writing ethical books for children, I’m actually writing books about subjects that matter to me. I have a book about homelessness, not because I’ve experienced this, but because when my son walks down a city street, I want him to be the kind of human that reaches out his hand to the less fortunate, instead of sticking up his nose.
What words of guidance would you offer to a young reader who is in a similar situation to King Aidan? Where can they look for comfort, support and understanding, other than their parents of course?
Whatever you face in this world, your strength is inside you, no one makes it out of this place alive, and humans are flawed by design because in reality there are no such things as flaws. I know that’s a lot to take in but I think like a kid so jumbled up in there somewhere is a message. There is a plethora of resources for the LGBTQ community now. Way more than when I was growing up. I would search for community programs with open door policies and counsellors.
You previously worked in IT Project management? That is a far call from creative writing for young readers. What led you along this very different path?
I think I was always on this path. I was always a writer. I think there is a writer in us all. We may choose to listen to our inner writer or ignore her. I enjoyed the fast pace of working in IT. I also enjoyed the 6 figure income but the stories wouldn’t leave me alone! These projects were in the works years ago. It was my responsibility, my purpose to give them to the world. I didn’t think I was strong enough to handle the backlash and hate mail that would accompany this book. I now know that I am. I deal with people’s opinion daily especially via Facebook/AokAbooks. I’m getting good with my replies!! I’m sarcastic by nature so this only makes my sarcasm worse.
If our readers would like to contact you, or find out more, where can they go?
You can find out more about my books at www.AokAbooks.com
I am sure there are others out there who would like to share their stories with others. What would you suggest a new writer should do to enter the ever increasingly difficult market of writing for young readers?
I honestly have a very whimsical reply: Just Do It!! If you’re writing for sales, recognition, or for a best seller notation, STOP IT! STOP IT NOW! I don’t care to make one dime from my books. I may have to go back to IT, I hope not! My goal is to deliver a message. If you desire to deliver a message via writing, then you should sit down and do just that. This is not an easy business to break into but if you are true to self and your message is true, it will be received,
What do you plan to work on next? Will you write more, or do you have other projects planned to share ethical messages?
I have two books in the works at the moment. Both ethical, both children’s books. The topics that I decided to tackle are homelessness and judging someone by their actions. You’ll have to stay tuned for those!
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