“Why did I end up writing children’s books?”
This a question that has been asked to me on numerous occasions.
Besides the 10 reasons one should write children’s books, my reason was totally different.
I never planned to write and publish (children’s) books, and it’s happening was as much of a surprise to me as it was to most of my friends.
My two passions have been photography and self-development. The first deemed as creative and the second, for me, discovering ourselves and our creativity.
The story of my first book, The Magic that’s Ours, starts way back in 1997. I was invited to a friend’s house for dinner. At the time she was a single mom with a 4-year-old daughter. My friend, before getting busy in the kitchen, put her daughter down in front of the TV to keep her entertained, and fair enough as we all lead busy lives.
I quickly noticed how zoned out the young girl became while watching cartoon network. It was if the world around her completely disappeared and it was just her and her TV in a bubble. I got into a conversation with my friend about the effects of too much TV on a child’s imagination, and we both agreed that too much TV probably stunts the growth of the imagination. The reason I believe that too much TV stunts the growth of the imagination is because,
- It is an inactive exercise where information is fed to a mind that is in a very relaxed state.
- We use much less thinking watching TV than when reading. When we read a word we visualise or imagine how the described word would appear.
- Watching too much TV can replace the act of role playing etc.
So what I decided to do was to write a story. But I was going to make the story interactive. The idea for the story was that a parent/teacher etc could read a short section of the story and then leave the child doing one of the “Fun Time” activities – like draw a picture, make up a story, etc.
The story was to be about a brother and sister who meet their own imagination on their way to school and he explains to them about a gift we all possess.
Little did I know that this story would one day be of interest to a publisher…