I had the pleasure of meeting author Mabel Elizabeth Singletary at a Dyslexia Conference in August. Her Mightyway Books are all about empowering children to become their best selves and teaching them to honor and respect others. Here’s Mabel to tell you about her books:
Even as a child growing up in New Jersey, I realized that words, both spoken and written, were powerful. In stories, words can allow a reader to visit places around the globe, provide scores of information, and open doors to unimaginable possibilities. Words carry the ability to change lives for better or worse. I consider my writing a calling, so when I began writing professionally in 2007, I did so with a purpose and a cause. I wanted to create stories that would bring joy, hope, and encouragement to my readers.
Having spent thirty-two years teaching elementary education, I am certain that period of my life allowed me to get an even deeper understanding of the way positive words can influence children. My second grade teacher, Miss Edith Mayner served as both a mentor and role-model for me and so many others. Each day she chose words that inspired and uplifted her classes of young children and enabled us to dream of better futures. In my case, her example ignited my dream to become a teacher. She reminded us every day of what we could become and what we could achieve in life if we actively and always pursued excellence. When that special school year ended, I left her classroom believing I could become whatever I desired.
Many years later, when I had the opportunity to teach language arts and reading, it became clear during class discussions how good stories can leave a lasting impression upon students. So when I began writing The Double Dutch Club Series, I wanted these books to emphasize the importance of children learning that in spite of their differences, they could successfully work together to accomplish shared goals.
The themes of the books you’ll find at http://www.Mightywaybooks.com, including the Also Rans Series and The Young Conquerors Series, highlight and focus on friendship, building good character, developing positive self-image, and learning to have compassion for others. Mighty Way’s newest publication entitled; Finding Alan Treadwell deals with the subject of bullying. This story challenges the reader to look a little deeper at the character of a boy named Jimmy, who in every sense of the word is a bullying nightmare.
I enjoy writing because it allows me to create stories from an idea and then begin the process of watching that idea grow into a book. Finally, I write because I have witnessed as well as experienced the effect encouraging words can have in bringing about optimism and hope in children’s lives. Speaking to students at schools, libraries, and book clubs has given me opportunities to talk about the main characters and themes of each story. These moments also allow me to hear about the dreams and aspirations of my young readers. Some have even shared that they hope to become writers someday. That is the time when I get to reflect back to the words of my second grade teacher and I can tell them face to face, “With excellence, perseverance, and hard work; you can become whatever you want.”
Writing fiction for children is one of the most amazing and effective ways to have a fruitful impact on tomorrow. And I love every minute of it!