Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Daphne L. McFee whose book It’s Not ‘Cuz of Me compelled me with its beautiful, moving and touching story from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love children’s book with poignant themes but really the book can be read by any child as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Daphne, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Daphne will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Daphne L. McFee
Daphne is a retired police officer, having served almost 30 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). As a result of falling ill, she was forced to take a medical discharge from the work and career she loved. She found herself in a period of transition, indecision and change, ultimately having to rediscover a “new norm” in her life. Once settled into retirement, however, she started back to the writing she always loved, yet this time with a goal in mind – publishing a book. Daphne practices and teaches yoga, and recently became a certified face yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner. She loves to write, draw as well as public speaking, (a proud member of Toastmasters). She and her husband, Paul, enjoy travelling and cruise whenever they can manage it. They are also parents to four beautiful adult children. Having lived in various cities throughout Canada, Daphne now resides in Ottawa, Ontario with her loving husband and dog, Dakota.
Now, how wonderful does Daphne sound?! Daphne is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Daphne’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Daphne, I hope that you enjoy Daphne’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
It’s not cuz of me” is a children’s book, which tackles the very important and delicate topic of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Children of parents diagnosed with PTSD need access to help and support, to allow them to discuss their feelings and reactions to the changes at home. This book, which validates and normalizes the difficult feelings children may be experiencing, will hopefully initiate this very important conversation.
My husband is also a retired RCMP officer and he suffers from severe complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I witnessed first hand the effects that PTSD can have on a family, not only my own but others’ as well. One thing in particular that came to my attention was the impact PTSD ultimately had on our children and the realization that there was little to no literature out there to help kids better understand such a delicate subject. I was working on other writing projects when it occurred to me to plan and develop ideas for a book about PTSD, but specifically with a child in mind. I took a lot of inspiration from our own children, more so my step-daughter, which is one of the reasons my main character is a girl. I made the story rhyme, not only because I like to write poetry, but to help lighten the subject matter and make it more appealing through a child’s eyes. The idea of making the father in the story a silhouette figure was important, for the simple and primary reason that PTSD does not discriminate.
That’s an interesting albeit funny question, because I believe that I am still an aspiring writer myself. My best advice for others is to NOT sit on an idea or project too long. Don’t procrastinate – just go for it. If you believe in your story, don’t be scared to go the self-publishing route either. Most importantly, make sure you know your “why.”
The message it conveys as well as how it touches or connects with a reader.
Well, I actually published another children’s book at the same time as It’s Not ‘Cuz of Me. The other book which I recently brought to life is titled LeMay Valley Friends, The Adventures of Sammy, Bart and Ruskin. It’s a book which includes three separate stories of three different animals. Each character goes through a small adventure or experience with a life-lesson learned at the end. The stories are lots of fun and also rhyme!
I also have a few other kiddie story books I’m currently developing and I am working on my first novel, (which is in its “infancy stage” at the moment).
At my son’s encouragement, I am presently working on getting all of my life’s work of poetry together in the hope of publishing them into a book as well.
So, stay tuned!
I think I may need an agent at some point!
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Daphne! If you have liked what you have read about Daphne and are interested in learning more about Daphne and reading her work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.