I want to thank David D. Fix and co-author, Dr. Steven G. Hamming for giving LadyD Books a fabulous opportunity to review their beautiful children's book (for adults, too) with a very sensitive, timely message.
Sun Moon Daughter
About The Book
Sun Moon Daughter offers parents a way to talk with their children about divorce. When the Sun and Moon meet in the sky and fall in love, they produce a heavenly daughter, Grace. Throughout the story, Grace witnesses and comes to terms with her parent's separation. As children react to Grace's experience, they are given a chance to reveal their feelings about what might be going on in their own lives. Sun Moon Daughter assists both parents and children in working through what is typically a difficult and complex episode in their lives. Therapeutic questions and statements written by Steven G. Hamming, PsyD align with each of the page's themes. Sun Moon Daughter was written to provide hope to both parents and children as they move forward in building loving relationships.
My ReviewWoven throughout the well-written story is a powerful message of comfort and hope for Grace, and for kids everywhere. The creative characters, plus many warm illustrations will help children who may be hurting and confused, trying to understand why one day their parents are together and then they're not. Feelings are important and divorce is a huge adjustment for Grace feeling like a burden, especially when her Dad (Sun) and Mom (Moon) won't stop fighting. Do they still love her? Can she love them both?
The authors provide excellent, engaging questions in the back of the book to help parents and their children deal with issues of respect so that no one gets lost and all feel safe. You'll find a new, meaningful perspective that will empower families with love and support in their relationships with one another. I love the book!
5/5 stars. Highly Recommend for home, school and church library.
Thank you David Fix for this wonderful interview, letting our readers get to know you better.
Tell us a bit about your book and where it’s available.
Sun Moon Daughter offers parents a way to talk with their children about divorce. It is available at www.SunMoonDaughter.com and also on Amazon.com. An iBook version is also available for the iPad.
What was the inspiration for your book?
Growing up I would hear my uncle, who is a Catholic priest and who does a lot of counseling, talk about how kids often feel like they caused the divorce of their parents and also feel like they have the power to stop it. I just thought about how unfortunate their false beliefs were and the impact they could have on the children.
What was your aim for this book? What did you want readers to think and feel when reading it?
Sun Moon Daughter was written with the idea of inspiring hope. In the story, Grace finds her power in a seemingly powerless situation. She realizes her ability to create a relationship with each of her parents. It is my hope that children will regain a sense of power in their lives.
Do you have any other books currently available?
What will you be working on next?
My next book is Jet and Ruby’s Castle and is in some ways a counterpart to Sun Moon Daughter in the fact that the two characters fall in love.
How did you originally get into writing?
My grandfather was a story teller and inspired me. I’ve always been creative, but writing children’s books has become my favorite outlet. And all the lessons I’ve learned from playing music and from creating movies translates to this medium.
What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
Several people have cried after reading Sun Moon Daughter because it moved them. This is the greatest reward.
What do you find hardest about being a writer?
The writing is fun. Illustrating takes a lot more work for me. And the business end of the operation is also labor intensive. When writing, being able to stay in the zone, weeding out tangents and staying focused, but still maintaining the magic is the most important thing for me.
Who or what would you count as your main influence?
My major influences are Maurice Sendak and Christopher Van Allsburg. Both authors illustrate their own work and they both tell magical stories that empower the child.
What do you enjoy reading?
I enjoy reading Science Fiction, Fantasy and metaphysical material.
Who is your favorite author?
My favorite authors include John Steinbeck, Leonard Cohen, George R. R. Martin, Maurice Sendak and Christopher Van Allsburg.
What would be your ideal writer’s haven for creating your book? Would you have a desk in a quiet cabin somewhere or an iPad on the beach?
I love to be in nature when creating. Ideas often come to me when I’m riding my bike. But the bulk of the work happens in my office in front of my computer.
To the authors, best wishes and much continued success! I LOVE the book!
“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis