Happy Monday Who doesn’t like free stuff? We know we do, especially with the holidays coming up!
When we decided to give away a few of our TMGEP “Keep Calm and Combat Mean” t-shirts a few months ago, we didn’t expect to receive such a strong response. But you guys spoke and we listened–but this time we decided to give away something a little nearer and dearer to our hearts: BOOKS.
As many of you know, The Mean Girl Extinction Project was founded amidst our fearless leader’s quest to finish her book Liberty Lane and the One Girl Rebelution. Anti-bullying books have always been special to us, so Shaylene found a few like-minded authors who are eager to impact children and teens and with their help…
WE’RE DOING A SERIES OF GIVEAWAYS!
Every other Monday, we will be posting a Q & A Session between our Founder and Executive President Shaylene King and our “Author of the Week”. These authors have donated their time and a copy of their book to TMGEP and their stories are truly incredible. At the end of the blog post you will find instructions on how to enter our giveaway (all you need is an email address!)–winners will be announced the following Friday!
Without further ado, meet our first author:
TMGEP: First, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Stephanie: I live in Seattle with my husband, dog, ant-farm, (research for a book I’m working on), and three crow-friends, (sitting on a railing looking inside at me right now). My son just graduated from college and lives nearby. I like to read and cook and pal around with friends. I also love storms and all animals ~ even the garter snake who scared me half to death this morning in the garden. I used to work at the zoo, but I spend most of my time writing now.
T: When did you begin writing?
S: I’ve always written a little bit, but I started in earnest about 10 years ago.
T: How did you come up with the story line for your book, CINDERELLA SMITH?
S: I have 3 nieces in California who are all close in age, (and shoe size), and whose last name is Smith. One time we drove down to visit, spent a week with them and then drove home to Seattle. When we were unpacking the car we found that one of the girls had left one of their shoes in our car. That meant that on one of our outings, (shopping, restaurants, movies, etc.), someone jumped out of the car with one shoe on and one shoe off and never noticed. I thought that was pretty odd. When I went to mail it back to them I addressed the box to “Cinderella Smith” as a joke, since I didn’t know which girl it belonged to. Thus, the idea of a shoe-losing girl with a weird nickname was born.
T: What is Cinderella Smith about?
S: Cinderella heads back to school in the fall and finds her best friend, Rosemary, has decided not to be her friend anymore. She needs to find a new best friend and a very important missing shoe.
T: HarperCollins Publishers released a collection of books whose characters struggle with bullying issues called “Stop Bullying. Start Reading” CINDERELLA SMITH is listed as one of the books in this collection. Why was it chosen?
S: Not only has Rosemary abandoned Cinderella, she’s convinced their group of friends to abandon her too. Rosemary is jealous of Cinderella’s ability to make new friends, dance and rise above pettiness. Because of Rosemary’s insecurity, she is quite mean to Cinderella.
T: How are you tackling the issue of bullying in your book?
S: I didn’t know I was writing a book about bullying. After it came out though, an anti-bullying group contacted me and I realized I’d touched on a very important, topical theme. Cinderella handles the bullying as I think I would have at her age ~ she doesn’t escalate the situation, she ignores it and concentrates on what is important to her. She doesn’t let the bully know the meanness is “getting to her” and also doesn’t let the bully dictate her behavior.
T: How can your character’s struggle with a bully help one of your readers who may be dealing with bullying issues?
S: I hope Cinderella’s struggle would help others realize that bullying has much more to do with the bully than themselves. A bully is insecure and looking for attention. People who take the side of the bully don’t do so because they like the person, they do it to avoid being the bully’s target themselves. Cinderella doesn’t respond to meanness with meanness. She remains calm and composed, respectful and kind, confident and true to herself.
T: What advice do you think your protagonist would give to someone being bullied?
S: I think Cinderella would suggest the person being bullied try not to react to the bully ~ try not to cry or say/do something mean back. The person should do their best to ignore and avoid the bully. They should also be sure to ask an adult for help if they need it.
T: Where can readers find your book CINDERELLA SMITH?
S: The book/s (a series of 3), are available through Amazon, many local bookstores and libraries.
T: Where can anxious readers find you?
S: My website — www.stephaniebarden.com
T: Is there anything else you would like to share?
S: Hmmm, your questions are so good and thorough! All that comes to mind is:
I don’t know why some girls are mean. I do know though, that it comes from something wrong with them NOT wrong with you. It can be hard to remember that when you’re in the middle of a tough situation, but try. There’s no reason to hang out with negative people who try to make you feel bad about yourself or others. Surround yourself with positive people, support and stand up for each other and leave the rest behind.
Thanks for checking out our interview with Cinderella Smith author Stephanie Barden!
GIVEAWAY ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS:
To enter TMGEP’s Author of the Week Giveaway, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your Name, phone number, and favorite knock knock joke (hey, one of us has to read all of these so make them good!) by Thursday, November 26th at 11:59PM PST. A winner will be selected at random, contacted and announced on Friday, November 28th.
And now for the less exciting stuff…
This is a sweepstakes involving The Mean Girl Extinction Project and an outside party henceforth referred to as “Author of the Week”. Both parties are aware of the sweepstakes and the donated prize. The value of the prize will not exceed $30 (US).
Sweepstakes is open to all legal residents of the United States ages 18 and older. Sweepstakes begins at the time of blog post and ends the following Thursday at 11:59PM PST. No purchase necessary. All entries must be received via email. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winner agrees to have their name and likeness used for media and publicity purposes. If potential prize winner forfeits or does not claim the prize, prize will be re-awarded, in TMGEP’s sole discretion. All prizes will be awarded.
Sweepstakes is hosted by The Mean Girl Extinction Project, California 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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