Sunday, December 2, 2012

Author Highlight: Dolores Mitchell

 “Why Am I Here?” is Dolores’s first children’s book that was published August 2011. The book is the first of a series. She wishes to encourage young children to embrace themselves and realize how special they are because they are born for a purpose. Dolores Mitchell, have always had a passion for children. Even as a young child, she loved and cared for the children in her neighborhood. Today she has a desire to affect children around the world with this little book. She wants our young children to realize their value early. Her message is simple, but profound “God Made Me Special.”
Why Am I Here? have been honored as an Award Winning Finalist in the 2012 USA Best Book Awards 

KBN: How do you promote kids and reading?

DM: I encourage parents and grandparents to read to their children as infants. If parents show love and enthusiasm about books and reading, then children will have that same love and enthusiasm. I believe children learn what they are taught. Instill the love of reading early in life. (follow me on twitter: @catwhyamihere)

KBN: Tell us about your website?

DM: The website is bright and fun. It has a Parent Nook with questions to ask their children. It also reminds parents that children learn what they are taught. There are pictures of fun events that I have hosted. I encourage comments.

KBN: Will you be doing any book tours?

DM: Would love to, but nothing scheduled at this time.

KBN: What are your thoughts on the new technology for reading a book?

DM: In today’s society we love to be entertained and the new technology is excellent for that purpose. Because everyone has access to iPhone, iPads, and computers; parents can choose to educate and entertain their children at any time. I still believe in physical books for children. A book is something they can hold and touch. New technology should be used, but there should be a balance.

KBN: What advice do you have for parents on getting their kids reading?

DM: I would like parents to read to their children because this is so important for mental development. Start young, read, read, read. Reading is fundamental to living a successful life.

KBN: Tell us about your book(s) and illustrations.

DM: The book is an easy reader about an orange Cat wondering why he is here and why he was born. Cat takes an adventure through the barnyard searching for his purpose. The illustrators have done an excellent job using bright and colorful illustrations of animals. The book has a powerful message that should be instilled in our children at a young age and the illustrations are memorable.

KBN: How long did it take you to get this idea to where it is now?

DM: The story was inspired during a Sunday morning service. The inspiration was so great, I wrote my first version that same day. It took several revisions, but the end result is a book I am very proud of.

KBN: What will kids love most about your book(s)?

DM: The book is a fun book. They will remember the illustrations because they are bright and fun. Children will actually feel the happiness and sadness with Cat as he takes his journey. The illustrations and words will enable young children to gasp the words and concept quickly.
Real animals will be a constant reminder of the message that “I Am Special”.

KBN: What will parents and teachers love most about your book(s)?

DM: They will love the positive message that will be remembered for a lifetime. I have read other children books and read books to my children that I thought was a good story. But those stories were written to entertain. My story has a message that should entertain, encourage and always be remembered.
Parents will love it because the book can be a constant reminder to their children that they are special.

KBN: What's your next project?

DM: Presently I am completing my second book. Titled: Lost but Found. Cat’s adventure continues as he experiences life issues that should be discussed with our children.

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Title: Why Am I Here
Author: Dolores Anderson Mitchell
Illustrator: Jesse Blythe DeFriese
Publisher: Tate PublishingISBN: 9781617777479


Many of us ask the questions “Why Am I Here?” We each have a purpose in life. We are all very special in our own unique way.

Cat is curious about why he is here and why God made him. Cat lives with Farmer and his wife on a farm. Cat sees how Farmer pets and plays with Dog, and realizes that Dog is Farmer's best friend. Cat sees Farmer feed the chickens which in turn lay eggs for Farmer and his wife. Cat realizes that God made the chickens special. Cat follows Farmer all around and can see why Horse and Sheep are special too. It's not until the end of the day that Cat learns how special he really is and why.

Mitchell has shared a warm story that young readers will understand. Simple sentences and familiar characters will help readers answer this question for themselves. Parents will find that this story is a great tool to open up dialogue for helping little ones better understand the meaning of life and why God made them so unique and special.

Thanks so much Dolores for sharing with us. To learn more about Dolores and her writing stop by The Neophyte Writer. You can also visit her website at

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