Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hello! I’m a child psychologist, passionate children’s book author, poetess, mother of two children, and more recently a grandmother. My life revolves around children, both my family, my vocation, and my aspirations. My debut book is “Baby Giraffe Goes Potty ” In the near future, I will be releasing “ Hugs and Kisses” and “I know how to beat my anger!.”
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“Baby Giraffe Goes Potty ”. My biggest inspiration is my grandson. Thanks to him, I have many ideas to turn into stories.
My biggest inspiration is my grandson. Thanks to him, I have many ideas to turn into stories. My upcoming release aims to make potty training easier for parents with books “Baby Giraffe Goes Potty ”. All parents know how important, psychological approach is for their children. I believe books can help as I had watched how attentively my grandson listened to poems, and how easy the education process became once I added rhymes and illustrations. To a grown-up, children’s problems may seem like ordinary, minor issues, but to a child, they can be terrifying and uncomfortable for. Our job as parents is to help them deal with it. My goal is to give every child a chance to explore the world with joy and love.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I love to write at night.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
When I was a child, my favorite authors were Charles Perrault and Hans Christian Andersen. I was a curious child, and luckily my children inherited this side of my character. Now I am a fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
What are you working on now?
My next book is about parents’ love. “My Inner Monster” is a book about a little girl who wakes up grumpy. As she moves through her day, doing grumpy things, her body is flooded with physical sensations until she begins to feel she is turning into stone. But then talks to her mother, who comforts her, and helps her realize she can’t stay angry if she fills her heart with love. It’s a sweet story to remind children that it’s okay to have a bad day; and that we will love them no matter what!
Most children don’t have the language skills to explain how they are feeling; so big feelings, such as anger, anxiety and sadness can feel overwhelming. Many children describe it as an inner “monster” and feel helpless to control it. But by offering unconditional love, parents can teach their children how to cope with difficult feelings, how to control themselves, and how to take care of others who might get upset as a result of their behavior.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I don’t have much experience yet.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Forget about your fear and just let your passion lead you. Put all of your love into the things you do. Don’t second-guess yourself! Let others assess your performance. It might turn out that you are too self-critical.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Try, try, try, till you die! A lot of people give up when they face their first failure. “Never give up” sounds cliché nowadays. When I was given this advice, I realized that my efforts, alone, were not enough. It gave me a superpower.
What are you reading now?
“The Whole Town’s Talking” by Fannie Flagg
What’s next for you as a writer?
I want to write a series aimed at teenagers.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
“Tender Is the Night” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Three Comrades” by Erich Maria Remarque, and “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen
Author Websites and Profiles
Melissa Winn Amazon Profile