Monday, January 23, 2012

Interview with Author Julia Cook of the Best Me I Can Be series

About Julia Cook

Julia Cook was born and raised in Salt Lake City Utah. While living in Utah, she became actively involved in teaching children how to ski. That experience led to a love of teaching in general.  Julia now lives in Fremont, Nebraska.  She has a Master’s degree in Elementary School Counseling.  While serving as a guidance counselor, Julia often used children’s books to enhance her classroom lessons.  She is now well-recognized as a national award-winning children’s book author who has presented in over 700 schools across the country, regularly delivers keynote addresses at national education and counseling conferences, and  has 26 published children’s books. The goal behind all of Julia’s books and efforts is to actively involve young people into her fun and creative stories and teach them to become “better.”  Inspirations for her books come from working with children and carefully listening to parents and teachers. Julia’s books have been referenced in such publications as Parent’s Magazine, The New Yorker,, and In her spare time, Julia enjoys spending time with her husband and family.

Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you.
I can ride the unicycle and play the accordion at the same time, I love banana popsicles, I think more like a kid than a grown-up.

What inspired you to write the books?
Kids that struggle with solving their problems

What are your favorite children's  authors/books?
The Box Car Children!

What advice would you give other aspiring writers? 
 Use empathy in your stories so that kids can live what they read

What are you working on now?
I book called I Just Want To Do It My Way – on staying on task and asking for help 

What do you hope your books will impart to children?
Help all who read them become life long problem solvers

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
A school guidance counselor

What obstacles have you experienced in your writing journey?
Getting my books in the right hands and truly making a positive difference to both kids and grown-ups

Anything else you would like to share?
Never underestimate the power of the words “I Can!”

Where can people buy your books/.Do you have a web page or fan page?, amazon, Barnes and Noble, Boystown Press, Booksamillion – Just about everywhere!!

Thank you for interviewing me! Julia

Click here to read Review of Julia Cook's Books

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