How long have you been writing?
I have always found power in the pen, as early as elementary school when my mother bought me my first Diary! My childhood was a hodgepodge of writing activities including submitting poems for a local anthology, penning letters to God, and writing love letters to persuade my mother to reduce enforced punishments for excessive talking in school.
What was the most challenging part about writing your book?
Writing often feels like embarking on a new discovery. All great discoveries often come with a sense of the unknown that can be scary and somewhat intimidating. As a new author, the most challenging aspect was convincing myself that “you can do this!”
What do you enjoy the most about being an author?
When writing, there is an insatiable urge to get the work down on paper. You’re so engrossed that you don’t really stop to appreciate it. However, once it’s complete, there is that moment when you sit back and think “wow, I did that!” That’s the best feeling. The second greatest moment comes when a reader opens your creation and shares “I love it. This is awesome!”
Will this book be part of a series?
The book Pearls and Tools of Wisdom was created to be a stand-alone book. However, my next project will be a series of children’s books.
Do you have any works in progress you’re working on?
I once had a mentor tell me that a good writer is always writing! I am currently working on a few projects. The first being my memoir, which chronicles my personal struggles with depression and anxiety, and my journey to follow the adage: “physician, heal thy self”. The second project is a series of children’s book that will explore the ideas of multiculturalism and resiliency.
About the Book
Title: Pearls and Tools of Wisdom for Parents & Children
Author: Donna Gardner
Genre: Children’s Book
Do you want to raise a child that is WISE?
As adults we are charged with protecting our most precious commodity… our children. The greatest protection we could offer them is to provide them with guidance on attaining wisdom. Within the pages of this book you will read the pearls of wisdom offered in God’s word. As well as learn tools that you and your child can apply to everyday life. May Pearls and Tools of Wisdom for Parents and Children be a blessing for you and your family as it provides guidance on the importance of listening, praying, learning, being positive, being good, working, and persevering.
Dr. Donna Gardner earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Binghamton University, and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in School Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. She is in possession of a Georgia certification in School Psychology and a Georgia license in Psychology. She has over 15 years experience working in Pre-K -to-12 schools, and other clinical settings such as foster care and community based mental health agencies. Her areas of expertise include assessment, intervention, consultation, and counseling.
In addition, Dr. Gardner has over 8 years experience teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses for institutions such as Long Island University, Argosy University, University of Phoenix, Saint Leo University, and Iona College. She has published several articles in peer reviewed psychological journals and has presented at various national conferences. Dr. Gardner is a native New Yorker, now residing in Atlanta Georgia.
Currently, Dr. Donna is in the process of publishing two additional books: the first a memoir/self-help book on coping with mood disorders, the second a children’s book on multicultural resiliency.
When not engrossed in psychology or writing, Dr. Donna enjoys dancing, practicing Bikram Yoga, traveling, sampling new restaurants, doing community service activities with her sorority, and spending time with family & friends.
You can find Dr. Donna on:
Her Website – www.donnadoctora.com
Facebook for the book – https://www.facebook.com/pearlsandtoolsofwisdom
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/drdonnagardner
Twitter – @donnadoctora6
Instagram – Dr. Donna Gardner
Buy the Book: https://www.createspace.com/5653183