Writer Wednesdays: Interview With Kathleen Patel

This week’s Writer Wednesday features author Kathleen Patel.

Tell us about yourself:
I was born and raised in the Chicago area, although I have spent time living on both coasts.  I’ve been happily married for almost twenty years. I have a small dog and a big bird. I like to think that my  books are fun to read, but always educate and contain a message. I’m an active promoter of peace and acceptance. I believe knowledge is the key.

“With ignorance comes fear- from fear comes bigotry. Education is the key to acceptance.”

I consider myself an activist that fights for those without a voice. This includes abused children, animals, and especially victims of bullying. I wrote a short handbook, ‘The Bullying Epidemic-the guide to arm you for the fight’ and offer it free of charge.

“I hope that my books can open new worlds for my readers.”

Tell us about your book:
‘Hiren’s Magical Adventure’ is first book in the “Magical Adventure” saga. Since my husband is from India, I have spent extensive time traveling throughout the country and learning about the culture firsthand. Also, some of the scenes are inspired by real life experiences, shared by my husband, Hiren.

“This book is important because it is fun to read, full of magic and adventure, but most importantly it has an educational aspect to it. So many Indian families have immigrated and are raising their children in America, yet most Americans know very little about the Indian culture. With ignorance comes fear- from fear comes bigotry and bullying. Asian American children are the most bullied children in America.

What book or author has been most inspirational for you, and why?
‘The Power of Positive Thinking’ by Norman Vincent Peale.  I read the book as a child and it made a real impact.

If you were to be stranded on a desert island, what non-survival-related item would you bring along that you couldn’t live without?
Books! (Kindle wouldn’t work- no electricity to charge it)

Are you working on any other projects at the moment? 
Yes, I am simultaneously working on the second book in the ‘Magical Adventures’ saga,  I’m also creating a series of seminars on anti-bullying. I will be speaking at various schools , creating awareness, educating the teachers, children and parents.  Everyone needs to know how to spot the bullying behavior and the steps to take once you’ve identified it.

Finally, where can we find you?

My books:  http://amzn.to/JrfZfM

My Blogs:

http://kathleenpatelwriter.blogspot.com/

http://anirishpatel.blogspot.com/

http://kathleenpatelreviews.blogspot.com