Sunday, 22 December 2013

Interview: Sherry Frith

What inspired you to write Sticky Icky Boogers Bugs?

My sons, Kevin and Kory were the inspiration for this book.  Sticky Icky Booger Bugs was always a verbal story being told in our home.  I decided to write and publish the book in September of 2010 after being diagnosed with a genetic heart condition called, ARVD.  With my future being unknown, I decided that a book would exist forever, even if my life does not.

Please tell us about Beat Snot?

“Beat Snot” originally started out as the name of the team for the Great Strides walk in Kern County to raise money for CF research to finding a cure.  I had such a great response  I decided to use this as the domain name for the website.  Beat Snot refers to literally thumping the back to loosen mucus and to find a cure.   Part of the profit proceeds return the CF foundation to help find a cure.

Which was your favorite character to write? And  why?

If we are speaking of this book, that will be Kory.   He is a survivor, the medical doctor’s dismissed his issues so many times that even several doctor’s post diagnosis questioned how he survived. 

Do you have any writing rituals?

Sure, I like the house to be in order before I can start to write.  That means all housekeeping and children are tended to.  I do most of my writing at night after the boys are down and out.

Have you got a reading guilty pleasure?

I like to have music playing in the background lightly and an ice tea if I am writing from home. 

What is the most memorable book from your childhood or school years?

Judy Blume:  “Are You There God?  It’s,   Me Margaret” 

What do you think makes a good book?

It depends on the book.  A good story line, it will keep a person’s attention.

What fictional character(S) would you invite to a dinner party and why?

Superman and Wonder Woman would be great to have the battle of sexes conversation

Sticky Icky Booger Bugs, by Sherry Frith, is the tale of a boy's battle with cystic fibrosis as he attempts to avoid the hospital. Kory is just like any other kid. He loves recess, playing soccer, and exploring his neighborhood with his best friend. With every puff, cough, and sneeze, Kory keeps the sticky icky booger bugs away so he can have fun every day! Sticky Icky Booger Bugs is a picture book, illustrated by Caroll Newell Walter, for children ages 0 – 7.

Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. There are 30,000 children each year diagnosed and battling cystic fibrosis. There is no cure for this progressive disease.

Sherry wrote Sticky Icky Booger Bugs after her sons, Kory and Kevin, were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. She wanted to explain aspects of the disorder using words they could understand. Helped by colorful illustrations, and the knowledge they gained, they were able to deal with the sticky icky booger bugs using simple routines to keep their cystic fibrosis at bay. This story lets children know that they are loved, no matter what their medical situation may be. 

Sticky Icky Booger Bugs was released on July 26, 2013 and is available for sale on Amazon:

Author Sherry Frith is the mother of three boys and the founder of Helping Hearts, a nonprofit organization. She has patents and copyrights pending in various areas and lives each day full of new ideas and grace. Sherry lives in Bakersfield, CA, with her sons—Kyle, Kevin, and Kory.

Illustrator Carol Newell Walter majored in fine arts at Wayne State University and earned a BA and teaching credentials from California State University– Bakersfield. Now retired, Carol and her husband live in Bakersfield, CA, where she continues to create all kinds of artwork.

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