A.Inspiration came from my deep buckeye roots in the Buckeye State of
Ohio along with something my father used to ask.He would often ask, “do you know what a
buckeye is?”To indulge, we would always
answer, “No, Dad, what is a buckeye?”His response was always, “It’s a worthless nut.”Such is the premise for Buckaroo’s life
journey of self-discovery to find his special place in the world, despite the
bumps and bullies and setbacks along the way.Many members of my buckeye family tree were inspirational, all of whom
found their special place in the world.
Q. What was the
hardest part of creating this book?
A. Believing in myself tosit down and put pen to paper and put words to the
story in my head.
Q. What do you hope
people gain from reading it
A. Success comes from a tiny ‘seed’ within each of us.This tiny seed contains our hopes and dreams
and interests and passions.When we
receive encouragement and nourishment from family, culture, education, and life
experiences, the seed will sprout and grow mighty, to rise above the bumps and
bullies and setbacks along the way.Reading is a key vehicle for our life journeys of self-discovery.
Q. What are your
‘secret powers’ and some you wish you had?
A. I have always maintained the ‘kid’ in me.Kids relate to me and I so enjoy spending
time with them, especially struggling readers.My desire is to guide kids and parents to their child’s reading success
and to find the Buckaroo Buckeye in themselves. Happy Trails!
Q. How you become
a published author? Any inspiration?
A.I am a self-published
author.This path is not for
everyone.It is not without its perils
and expenses.I needed to maintain
control over MY story and the illustrations I envisioned.I guess you can say I am a ‘control
freak.’Even as a self-published author,
you must let others in and accept constructive criticism.This helped me immeasurably while developing
the characters and story. I was able also to corroborate with the illustrator
as they brought visuals to my words.Children
love picture books with bold and exciting pictures that bring the words to
Q. Did you get any ideas
for your books from your own dreams?
A. Dream…Believe…Achieve has always been my guiding
Q. Why should we buy
A.Buckaroo Buckeye offers
kids and parents a cute and totally unique character, in a read aloud picture
book story with an encouraging and inspirational message.Join Buckaroo on his life journey of
self-discovery.Yippee! Your child’s
journey to reading success begins with parents, grandparents, and other family
members reading aloud to children, starting at birth!