Sunday, 13 November 2011 15:43
1. What was the inspiration for your first book, My Purple Toes, and also the second book, My Purple Kisses?
The inspiration for the “Purple” series is discussed in the beginning of the My Purple Toes book. My daughter was a freshman in college and back came to visit during her summer vacation. She wanted me to get a pedicure with her as a bonding experience. In reality, she simply wanted me to pay for her pedicure. In any event, we went and got a pedicure together and at the end of the pedicure when she was getting her toes painted, I said “what about me?” This was really as a joke more than anything else but I ultimately got my toes painted as well. Over the next few days, walking on the beach, the responses I got from people were quite varied, but included some people that were disturbed by my having painted toe nails and couldn’t allow themselves to be open enough to accept the silliness of painting one’s toes purple simply because it’s fun. As a result of those experiences, I focused on our society as a whole taking life a little bit too seriously, putting too much pressure on children to perform and to conform to society’s view of how an individual should act. This view, if taken to the extreme, can have a chilling effect on creativity and finding one’s path in this life.
Accordingly, My Purple Toes was launched as a book to show that it’s OK to be silly, it’s OK to walk to the beat of a different drummer, and it’s OK to laugh at oneself and to simply have fun for the sake of having fun. Other messages demonstrated in My Purple Toes are to be accepting of others and non-judgmental. My Purple Kisses is a natural progression of the first book and shares the importance of silliness and play as well as unconditional love.
2. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of your book benefits Soles4Souls, how did you get involved with this charity?
Soles4Souls is a natural charity to attach to My Purple Toes since Soles4Souls gives shoes to children worldwide. It is astounding that children throughout the world cannot afford a basic pair of shoes to allow them to travel to school on a daily basis without fear of cuts, infection and disease that occur without proper footwear. The charity has given away millions of pairs of shoes to more than 300 million children around the world that have never owned footwear. This is an additional lesson that can be raised with children when reading the books about the importance of giving to those less fortunate than yourself and to the plight of children in the poor areas of the world.
3. What do you like to do when you're not writing.
I’m a full-time trial lawyer with the firm of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman in Charleston, South Carolina. I head the pharmaceutical litigation team for our firm where we strive to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for their products and hopefully, in the process, create better pharmaceuticals and better warnings concerning the side-effects of pharmaceuticals nationwide. As for hobbies, I enjoy sailing hobie cats off the beach and wind surfing.
4. What are you working on now? Will we see more from the Purple series in the near future?
I have a third book in the “Purple” series planned for release in 2012 that is entitled My Purple Me. The focus of the story is a child as that child interacts with both animate and inanimate objects in their environment. I have two other more sophisticated children’s books written and I am in the process of shopping for a publisher for those titles. Writing is a hobby, and it is one that I hope I will continue to enjoy for many years to come. You can find out more about me and my books on my website: www.mypurpletoes.com.
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