1. What inspired you to write this book? My children
inspired the book series. It is based on their experiences, navigating issues
at a young age, and my experience as a parent helping them to navigate those
2. What exactly is it about and who is it
The book is about a young child named Jay Wise who, while on a walk with his
father, learns a lesson in failure, resilience, and persistence. The book is written for children and parents.
3. What do you hope readers will get out
of reading your book?
I hope children are inspired to try hard to achieve any goal even when it seems
like they can’t do something.
4. How did you decide on your book’s title
and cover design?
The titular character is based on my son, Jackson Sumter, and my daughter,
Rhiley Wise Sumter. The character’s name is a combination of their names. The
title is based in the situation/lesson the character learns that day. The cover
design is taken straight from the book illustration at the center of the story.
5. What advice or words of wisdom do you
have for fellow writers – other than run!? Ironically enough, I would
recommend they read this book! There are lessons in it for children and adults
about resilience. Just because you can’t do something now does not mean you
can’t do it at all. Find a way around or through the situation to achieve your
goal. Keep trying and keep failing until you achieve your goal. Regardless of
what happens after the book is published, you will be proud of what you
6. What trends in the book world do you
see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? The book industry
is trending toward a more technologically advanced creation and distribution
environment. I think as the industry evolves the story telling and lessons
being communicated must remain authentic. Authors and publishers will have to
work to make sure that isn’t lost in the evolution.
7. Were there experiences in your personal
life or career that came in handy when writing this book? As a former
soldier, I had to learn to tailor how I communicate for the audience and
situation. It was never tougher than communicating with my children. Searching
for the best way to communicate with my children effectively led to the style
and tone of the book.
8. How would you describe your writing
Which writers or books is your writing similar to? The writing article for
these books is very straight forward. Children understand are observant and
understand for more than adults give them credit for. Being clear and direct is
one way of being candid, helpful, and respectful of how kids learn. I try to
stick to that.
9. What challenges did you overcome in the
writing of this book?
Lack of time and money. I work full time, go to school, and I am a father. I
was always at a deficit of both time and money needed to self-publish.
Additionally, I had less time to spend with my children which is always tough.
I made it a point to show them, after the book was published, what I was
working in, why it was important that I do this for them, and they know it
was/is all about them.
10. If people can buy or read one book
this week or month, why should it be yours?
This book does not coddle children. It teaches them
that nothing is easy or given. Some things take time and some take practice.
You have to be resilient, keep trying, and be patient to achieve your goal, no
matter how big or small. Parents, children, anyone with a goal can benefit from
reading this children’s book.
About The Author: I am a graduate of the United States Military
Academy at West Point (c/o 2002). I was commissioned a US Army Officer and
served multiple combat tours in Iraq. I hold a BS in Psychology, Masters Degree
in Psychology of Terrorism and Security, and I am currently working toward a
Masters in Strategic Studies (complete July 2024). While I do not have a
background in child development, as a soldier and as a parent, nothing means
more to me than my children. My goal is to make sure they develop and grow into
the best people possible. That development begins with me. I hope these books
are a step in the right direction in letting them know how much they are loved
and how important they are. The lessons in the Jay Wise book series are
intended to impart/reinforce life lessons for both me and my children. I intend
to expand into television and film, if possible, using what my children and I
learn to help as many children and parents as possible.
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