Saturday, November 25, 2023

Interview With Author Timothy Sumter



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 issues.


2. What exactly is it about and who is it written for? 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 accomplished.


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 style? 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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