Jill Ammon Vanderwood is a mother and grandmother from Idaho. She is the published author of eight books. She had won numerous book awards including USA Book News Best Books Award, Indie Excellence Award, two Golden Quill Awards from the League of Utah Writers and The National Mom’s Choice Award. www.jillvanderwood.com.
Welcome back to my blog, Jill. Please tell us about your new book: Erase the Problem of Bullying.
Erase the Problem of Bullying is a nonfiction anthology published in August, 2015, through All Things That Matter Press. The book sections include: How Bullying Affected My Life; Stories from Bullies; Bullied for Sexual Orientation; Bullied Because of a Disability; Bullied Because of Race; Bullied Because of Religion; Learn From the Experts; Cyberbullying: Celebrities Share Their Stories About Being Bullied and The Unwritten Letter’s Project which tells about the founder of the Unwritten Letter’s Project and includes some of the contributor’s letters to their bullies.
Where did you get your inspiration for this book?
My granddaughter was having so much trouble with bullying that she came to me and asked if I would write a book about bullying. I was also bullied in school and thought it was a very good idea for a book
I totally agree with you. This is a subject that needs to be addressed in schools. What kind of research did you do for this book?
I posted on the Internet that I was looking for stories from people who were bullied. I got so many responses that I began the book. My next post was for celebrities who were bullied and I heard from a few more people. One interview was with twin psychics who were bullied because they were Korean adopted into an Italian, Catholic community in New York. These ladies are making their own TV show called Twin Tuition and introduced me to many of their celebrity friends.
Please give a few examples of bullying experts included in your book.
I have stories from juvenile court Judge Tom Jacobs who talks about cyberbullying. Izzy Kalman is the founder of Bullies 2 Buddies; Irene van der Zande is the founder of Kid Power and Matt Ivester is the founder of Juicy Campus and author of lol…OMG! I also interviewed William Preble from School Climate in Learning.
Please tell us a few examples of well-known people who were bullied that you included in this book.
I have interviewed celebrities such as NBA All Star, James Donaldson who nearly let bullying stand in the way of his basketball career. Heba Salama, who was the winner of the Biggest Loser and Daniel Joseph Baker who was a finalist on America’s Got Talent. We also hear from Hollywood Movie producer, Katherine Brooks who fled her home in Louisiana after word got around her school that she was in love with her best girlfriend.
Where can my readers find you online?
My book is available through Amazon.com and Amazon Kindle. You can find me at www.jillvanderwood.com.
Thank you so much for this awesome interview. I hope my readers will get your book and that it will help many children in this terrible predicament.