Miriam lives in St. Catharines, Ontario in beautiful Canada. She is married and has 4 wonderful children. She loves to travel, read, attend Transformational seminars, spend time with her family and write. (Amazon)
BBB: What inspired you to become a writer?
ML: The passing of my 17 year-old niece to a mental illness inspired me to start writing. Writing was my way of coping with our loss and a way to make a difference in the lives of my children. Not only was loosing my niece devastating but the timing of it really impacted me, it happened a day after I gave birth to my youngest son. I was in the hospital still and full of emotions. Since then, I aspire to teach my 4 children and my readers a positive mindset for life.
ML: The funny thing is I wrote the story on a flight back from a transformational course by Jack Canfield. I was full of the love and positivity I had just experienced the past week and wanted to teach children a little bit of that. While at the course, I kept thinking that my life would have been a lot simpler if I would have learned some of these principles at a younger age. That became my focus – teaching children positivity, self-esteem, responsibility, compassion and an “I CAN” attitude for life!
The first thing I wished to teach my children when I got home was to let go of the word “I CAN’T”, to be conscious of their thoughts and what they say. That is a strong word that limits us greatly in life and is the first word that should be eliminated from our vocabulary. This is how the “I CAN” series began.
I chose I CAN Believe in Myself as the first book in the series because I have learned that believing in ourselves is where it all starts.
BBB: What do you think children will enjoy most about your book?
ML: I think children enjoy the characters in the book the most. There are 5 main children in the story. Kids can always relate to one of them because they are so real and are all going through different situations in their own lives.
I have to say that everyone’s favourite is always Shreddy – he is a decorated paper shredder who is quite a character himself J He is the one that eats the children’s “I CAN’Ts” and children love to chime in with “YUM YUM YUM”.
ML: I have a goal of empowering 100,000 children to believe in themselves and going for a Guinness record is a fun way to do it!
My hope is that this event will open up the channels of communication between parents and their children, teachers and their students around positive thinking and the responsibility in choosing our own thoughts.
Families can participate in 4 easy steps:
1. Pre-Register to let us know your commitment to empower children and your desire to set a Guinness World Record!
2. Read a copy of “I CAN Believe in Myself” before or on May 6th, 2014.
3. Leave a comment on our blog by going to www.LaundryBooks/RecordBlog between 12pm MST on May 6th and 12pm MST on May 7th, 2014. *
4. Wait and see if together we set a Guinness World Record!!!
ML: I have just translated “I CAN Believe in Myself” into French and Spanish to be available to those who choose to read it in another language for Guinness – these books are available for pre-order on my website.
I am currently editing the second book in the series “I CAN Make a Difference”. This book has the same characters we love from the first book learning an important lesson on giving back. This is another important principle to learn young.
ML: Please visit my website at www.LaundryBooks.com
I love to meet people through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – we are always giving free books and other things away. An iPad mini is one of our next draws!