How I came Up With My Idea for the Walk a Mile in My Shoes Club Series

Sharon Hendricks By Sharon Hendricks, 20th Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is the story about how I came up with the idea for the Walk a Mile in My Shoes Club book series.

A Little Background Story on Me

I have always loved writing. When I was in second grade, my second grade teacher said that I would be an author one day. In the early 90s, I took a correspondence course through the Institute of Children's Literature. My teacher was the author of the Trixie Belden series of books.

Fast forward to 2012 or 2013. Having seen The Bucket List, I determined that I wanted to be a published author by the time I was 45. But I was having some trouble coming up with an idea for a book.

The Birth of WAMIMS and Mike and the Deaf Student

In 2014, I was facing surgery and a possible diagnosis of cancer. I realized that I didn't have a legacy to leave. My husband and I don't have any children of our own. So, seemingly out of the blue, I came up with the idea of the Walk a Mile in My Shoes Club and I started with Mike and the Deaf Student. I wanted my series to do more than tell kids that bullying is wrong. I want to put bullies in the shoes of their victims, and that is what the Walk a Mile in My Shoes Club does.

I had this great story and I had an illustrator. But I still had a problem. I didn't have a publisher. So I started looking for publishers who are willing to take on first time authors. Sadly, there aren't a lot of them out there and those who are there want to charge you A LOT of money. I know that I could have self-published, but I wanted someone to say to me, "Hey we like your stuff and we believe in you."

That's when I found Alpha Academic Press. Dan Stanley was a lifesaver and we even got Mike and the Deaf Student published in time for Christmas distribution, color illustrations and all.

I'll be honest. The first edition needed help. The illustrations were subpar. But hey, you live and learn. I came out with a revised edition. I actually am working on my third edition of the book, based on some comments I have gotten on it and some ideas of my own.

I hope you'll check out my book. It's for children 5 and up and it's a very poignant story. Look for books in the series soon!


Authors, Bullying, Childrens Books, Writing

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author avatar Sharon Hendricks
I am in my 40s and I have been writing for the Internet since 2007. I have two published children's books and I love writing.

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