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Monday, July 24, 2017

Inspirational New Children’s Book Encourages Self-Acceptance

The Adventures of Alexander T. Frog
By Michael Brian O’Hara

Author Michael Brian O’Hara wrote the story to help children feel better about themselves

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Author Michael Brian O’Hara, a grandfather of eight, loves telling stories to children. As a former elementary school teacher and senior business executive, he utilized his expertise to promote positivity and self-acceptance in his new children’s book, “The Adventures of Alexander T. Frog.”

The story follows Alexander T. Frog as he questions why he does not have the same capabilities as his friends. He wants to float like a butterfly, fly like a bird, swim under water like a fish, hop like a bunny rabbit, and run fast like a horse. By asking his animal friends for help to accomplish these things, they help him discover he is perfect just the way he is.

“It is very important to help children feel better about themselves especially with the bullying epidemic that has caused such unnecessary grief,” said O’Hara. “My book teaches children that we all have our own unique talents which make us just as special as someone else with different traits.”

The key message of this book is especially important during the delicate time of learning and growing where children can feel overwhelmed and invisible. A colorful, animal friendly, and educational picture book, “The Adventures of Alexander T. Frog” communicates to children the importance of appreciating their own talents and loving themselves for who they are.

“The Adventures of Alexander T. Frog”
By Michael Brian O’Hara
ISBN: 978-1-4808-4458-2

About the author
Michael Brian O’Hara is a retired corporate senior business executive who has more than 40 years of experience in the food, agricultural, and energy industries. O’Hara has trained over 4,000 executives in public speaking and crisis communications, has written many speeches for executives, and numerous articles that have appeared in business publications. A former child model and radio announcer, he also taught elementary school early in his career. O’Hara and his wife are the proud parents and grandparents of three children and eight grandchildren and reside in Williamsburg, Virginia.



Interview
Welcome to my blog Michael.  Please tell us more about your book and yourself.
Q:
Tell us about your latest worktitle, genre, etc. — and why you wrote it?
A:
Alexander T. Frog was written to show how everyone is a unique individual with many talents.
Q:
What draws you to your genre(s)? Why is  this type of story compelling to you?
A:
As a child grows he witnesses others doing things he can’t do but forgets the many things he can do.
Q:
What is your writing process like? Do you map the whole thing out or do you just let it unfold?
A:
I start with an idea and let the creative juices flow.
Q:
What kind of research was involved?
A:
My career allowed me to witness many cultures and the value of different lifestyles.
Q:
How much of YOU makes it into your characters?
A:
I had many jobs during my career allowing me to experience many lifestyles and experiences.
Q:
How do you balance the need to have time to write with the needs of family, society, etc.?
A:
Family matters always came first. My writings took place at the end of the day.
Q:
Have there been any authors in particular, that inspired your writing?
A:
Admire many authors but my experiences were the driving force.
Q:
Is there a story you want to tell behind or about your work(s)?
A:
Witnessed many children feeling inadequate and lacking self worth.
Q:
What other projects are you currently working on or about to start?
A:
Based on my work experience I am writing a book on Crisis Communications and Public Speaking.
Q:
Could you share some of your marketing strategies?  Which ones are the most effective in your opinion?
A:
Target your audience.  Explore many options.
Q:
What would be the top five, (or 3 or 1 or however many) things you would tell aspiring authors?
A:
Think positively.
If you have an idea, go with it.
Never give up.
Don’t be influenced by naysayers.
Be proud of your accomplishments.
Again, thanks Michael for taking the time to share your knowledge with us. We appreciate you and your work.

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