Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Interview with author Oyuki Aguilar

The Sport of Parenting

11.   What inspired you to write your book?
My Children inspired me to write. Not knowing what the future would bring for me with my MS… I decided to tell my children how happy they had made my life and how important it is to cultivate the qualities of humility and gratitude, wisdom and courage.  I wanted to leave them a document, a sort of manual for living a good and honorable life in colorful and attractive pages they could always turn to for comfort and guidance.

2. What is it about?
It’s a compilation of love letters to my children about the stages I went and go through with them. Very standard moments in any family: being pregnant, giving birth, cuddling, first day of school, first loose tooth, board games, tantrums.
I describe my feelings about those milestones and how each one has given us important lectures that we can apply throughout life in general.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book?
I would like to stir the reader’s nostalgia; most of us have very beautiful memories about our childhood or about our children growing up. Those moments gave us profound teachings and directed us to who we would become. I wish to invite readers to discover the virtue in everyday simple family moments; I hope they can see the magic in the ordinary second of a bath, carpool or dinnertime.  

4. What advice do you have for writers?
I would tell them to stay true to their style. No body knows where you want to take your readers but you and also, to never stop writing; it is creative, therapeutic and cathartic. The world needs more people who are aware of their emotions, and writing is the perfect tool to do just that.

5. Where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?

I think it’s growing. With self-publishing companies, anybody can publish a book. It has never been easier to just take your dream and materialize it in very little time. I hope the publishing industry grows, and people will still enjoy many great books.

6. What challenges did you have in writing your book?

 I was very inspired and the writing came alive very naturally. Perhaps the challenge was keeping it sweet and short. I intended this book to be a very exiting gift for my children so I had to decide if I wanted to share it the way I wrote it (much longer), or if I would keep it concise and attractive in order not to bore or scare them off. I sacrificed some excellent sentences, but when I made my peace with the editing I was very proud of the result, it turns out, you can get to your point in less words and still manage to say it beautifully.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?  

My little book will surprise anyone. It’s a very unique and colorful book, very light in weight but profound in content. It is a peek inside a parent’s heart and anyone can relate whether you can appreciate your parent’s gifts or you can celebrate your own accomplishments as a dedicated parent. 

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