To educate. To increase awareness on important topics - topics that most people don't want to talk about. To speak the truth about mental health, suicide prevention, alcoholism and how it affects the family, and difficult questions children have on various subjects. The goal in all of my writing is to give people a glimmer of hope. If I can make it through everything I have in my life, including my childhood, the loss of my brother, and being a parent while fighting my own challenges, I know you can too.
My goal for children is to empower them with knowledge and let them know they are brave, they are strong, and they can achieve anything they put their minds to. Children deserve to be treated with respect and given truthful, thoughtful answers when difficult questions arise. From my personal experience, whether or not you are able to address them, whether or not they speak up, children are usually curious about difficult topics. They are aware of and know more than we think they do. Whatever the topic, I would prefer my child hears about it from me rather than on the news, through the Internet, or by talking to a friend. My hope is to provide resources to help you talk to your children and answer their questions as best you can in an honest, age-appropriate manner.
My audience is you. Yes, you! My primary goal in writing my books, whether it's children's, young adult, or self-help books is to share my experience with you and guide you on your journey. Maybe you find yourself in a similar situation to me, as a young adult, grieving sister, or a proud parent. Maybe you are just curious - or you have a friend you want to help. Maybe it's for another reason entirely. Whatever brought you here, I welcome you and hope you find what you are looking for.
Share my resources with those who might be going through a similar journey. Share my resources with those who may not be educated or aware of these important topics. Again, the most important elements of all my writing are outreach and awareness. You can continue this mission by educating others. Get the dialogue going. Don't be afraid to speak up and tell others what you need; explain what you are going through. Everyone makes a difference - especially you.