I’m hosting an interview today with Helen C. Hipp, author of children’s book “A Different Kind of Safari”.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I definetly lean more towards being a panster and enjoy the different ways each creative work unfolds.
Where did you get the inspiration for A Different Kind of Safari?
It all began in Africa when my family spotted a pod of hippos and one was pink. My son Ray fourteen at the time immediately named her “Rosie”. Curious and wanting to learn more about this hippo my family asked the guide many questions about hippos and hippo behavior. Specifically I wanted to know why she stood so far outside of her pod? The familiarity of the guides answer took me by surprise, he explained that “Rosie” was tolerated but not necessarily accepted by the herd because of her differences. As a parent of a child with special needs I immediately felt inspired to weave this experience into a children’s story that celebrates differences and helps children understand themselves and others.
What is your daily page or word count record?
I write when I can and where I can and do not worry about the count as keeping the writing process enjoyable is my first priority.
Please tell us a little about A Different Kind of Safari? Is this a series?
At this time there are no plans to turn this book into a series. A Different Kind of Safari is a unique tale that celebrates differences. This is a children’s adventure book for ages 9 -12 year olds. Engaging and fun the storyline’s universal message brings fun and inspiration to both the reading and listening audience. Full of teachable moments that help children by allowing them to make personal connections with the characters handling of similar fears, interests, and concerns that they experience.
A Different Kind of Safari opens doors for discussions
with students and children regarding:
Self-acceptance -What about me, what do I see?
Encouraging one’s potential
Problem Solving – Learning to respond with an open-mind creating a common or workable solution
What is your favorite story of all time?
It is difficult to pick one story as a favorite but I think I can narrow it down to two, my book “A Different Kind of Safari” and “Black Beauty” written by Anna Sewell.
A Different Kind of Safari
Author: Helen Hipp
Genre: Children’s Books
Has a book ever changed your life? Not just inspired you but helped you to see you’re life differently? In a tale that celebrates differences “A Different Kind of Safari” addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities. Engaging and fun young children begin to figure out how they are the same and different from other people, and how they feel about the differences. Full of fun and enjoyable teachable moments that move children and allow them to make personal connections with the characters handling of similar fears, interests, and concerns that they experience.
Helen Hipp’s experience raising a special needs child led her to an M.A. in clinical psychology and certification as a life coach. She began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families. Helen uses her 13+ years of counseling experience and 20+ years’ experience as a successful advocate for individuals with special needs by helping them reveal their innate ability to solve difficult situations. Her debut book ” A Different Kind of Safari” puts into words the essence of Helen’s teachings addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities.
For more information, visit the books official website and to see a picture of the real Rosie the real life pink hippo that inspired this story, go to www.adifferentkindofsafari.com
Award Winning Book trailer: http://youtu.be/5vd_sH64kt0
Buy the Book:
A Different Kind Of Safari | Hardcover
A Different Kind Of Safari | Hardcover
A Different Kind Of Safari | Audio Book