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Today Cindy R. Williams author of author of the snuggle, giggle award winning children’s picture book McKay Didn’t Get Up Today has granted us an interview. This wonderful book was a finalist for the 2010 Southwest Book Award and 2009 Arizona Glyph Award.

Margaret: Welcome Cindy. Please tell us what inspired you to write your award winning children’s picture book, CHASE MCKAY DIDN’T GET UP TODAY?

Cindy: Chase McKay Williams is my youngest son. One morning he played possum when it was time to get ready for Kindergarten. I made the bed with him in it as we both giggled. By the time he hopped on the bus for school, the rhyming, sing-songy book was done. It just seemed to pour out.

Margaret: What awards has the book received?

Cindy: CHASE MCKAY DIDN’T GET UP TODAY was named a Finalist in the Arizona Book Publishing Awards and also the Finalist in the Southwest Book Awards.

Margaret: How do you promote the book?

Cindy: I go on elementary school book tours. I have visited 26 schools in the past year and a half.

Margaret: Are your writing more children’s picture books?

Cindy: Yes, I have two completed, and six more in the works. I am also working on more Chase McKay books.

Margaret: Do you write other genres?

Cindy: Yes, I have completed a middle grade fantasy about a boy and a dragon set in Arizona. It is going out to agents now. I also have a YA fantasy near completion. Deseret Book requested has my essays on Mothering, and I am waiting to hear back from them. I also write for The Beehive, and Arizona LDS Newspaper touted to reach around 400,000.

Margaret: Do you blog?

Cindy: Yes. I have over 110 blogs. The ones I use most often are:

www.writersmirror.blogspot.com where I interview authors, do book reviews and post blogs about writing.

www.cindydragondreamer.blogspot.com where I write about all things dragon and fairies.

www.blogsandblurbs.blogspot.com slices of life.

www.crazyladiesbloghere.blogspot.com is about crazy things by crazy ladies.

Margaret: Do you belong to any writers groups?

Cindy: Yes. Arizona Night Writers Association, known as ANWA. It is the best writers group in the world. It consists of around 250 LDS women writers. We meet monthly in chapters. ANWA also offers several writing retreats each year, one in Arizona and one in Washington. There is an upcoming ANWA Writers Conference on February 25 and 26, 2011 in Phoenix Arizona. It is going to be wonderful. Five of the 13 presenters are being flown in from California and Utah. There will be two literary agents and a head editor accepting pitches. I encourage everyone to attend.

Margaret: Is your book available for purchase?

Cindy: Yes. Although not stocked at most book stores, it can be ordered at any bookstore.

It is available at a discount and signed by me from my website:  www.cindyRwilliams.com

It is also available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com. Enter CHASE MCKAY DIDN’T GET UP TODAY in the search box on either site.

Margaret: Thank you for dropping by to visit today. I’m glad to be included in the same group:  Writers Unite to Fight Cancer where we will be raising money for the American Association for Cancer Research on November 4th. I’m looking forward to celebrating our books together with six other authors at the Wright House Reception Center from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Cindy: You are very welcome.

My book Save the Child was became available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com as of yesterday. I found out that the author can then go in and add information that has not been made available previously on Amazon through a program called Author Central. I was able to upload a photo, biographical information, a description of the book and “notes from the author.” This was an interesting exercise and I thought I’d share the note I wrote for Amazon here.

While I was traveling to work one day the news broadcast a story about a mother who was refusing chemotherapy treatment for her son. Because I am a nurse I asked myself why a mother would decide against the best that medicine could offer for her offspring. The story unfolded over the next few weeks. The doctors insisted the boy had a virulent cancer that needed immediate attention. Even when threatened with jail and loss of custody the parents were unrelenting in their premise that they felt their child did not have cancer, and they did not want him to receive chemotherapy. After they were charged with kidnapping their own child because they crossed state lines a judge listened to the parents and halted the medical community and government forces. What the parents wanted was an independent, out-of-state medical work-up for their son. The judge allowed them to seek this consultation. The result was that the child was discovered to be free of cancer. I sighed with relief.

The judge had saved this boy from the horrible side-effects of chemotherapy which include nausea, pain, sores, compromised immune systems, sterility, major organ damage, secondary cancers, and even death.  One of the most important roles of a nurse is to be a patient advocate. During my thirty four year career I have observed more than one situation where a patient and or their family are not listened to. This can cause grave problems and errors, not the least of which being patients and families enduring procedures they do not understand pr agree with. It is my hope that the medical community and the law can expeditiously come together to serve the best interest for the child and family.

In the United States parents do not have the right to make medical decisions for their children from the time they are born until they reach the age of majority. Doctors and hospitals need to respect the different backgrounds, cultures, religious beliefs, and preferences approaches to healthcare that individuals and families have.  In Save the Child I have explored a few of these options. Thank you.