An Interview with Child Author Natalie Tinti About Her New Book on Parenting
What comes to mind when you hear the words "parenting" and "thirteen"? Teenagers, after reading this, will likely ponder how obnoxious and annoying their parents have been. Parents, after reading this, will likely ponder how obnoxious and annoying their teenagers have been.
Parenting teenagers has been a nightmare for billions of people throughout history. No one enjoys being misunderstood, and the relationship between parents and teenagers is often one that lacks understanding on both sides.
One young woman, Natalie Tinti, has decided to try to change this by writing a book on parenting.
While many people have written books on parenting, Natalie's has a special twist. What's so fantastic about this book?
The author, Natalie, is thirteen years old.
Who Is Natalie Tinti?
For those of you who have never heard of Natalie Tinti, she is a young girl from California who wrote, illustrated, and published her first book by age 9. When other children were watching TV and dreaming of living an adventure, Natalie was already working to achieve her goals - one of which is to become a well-known author.
Her first book, Sewing a Friendship, is a children's book written to encourage kids to accept those who may appear annoying or obnoxious. The story reveals how a mean girl becomes so much better after a group of friends decide to accept her into their circle. This book has a valuable lesson for both old and young to remember - treat others nicely, and they will often reciprocate.
Inspired by her past success, Natalie has now written and is preparing to publish another book, How to Be a Happy Parent and Help Your Child Reach Full Potential. This book reveals tips to great parenting - from a kids point of view. Certainly a viewpoint that parents should spend some time discovering.
The following news clip is from Fox 11 - discussing Natalie's first book, Sewing a Friendship.
My Interview with Natalie Tinti About Her New Book
Interested in learning more about what a 13 year old author had to say about writing and parenting (the parenting book she wrote at age 11), I gave Natalie, and her mother, Olga, a call. Natalie was positive, energetic, and quick to respond to my questions with insightful answers. This young lady has a lot of knowledge and dedication. She is certainly an excellent role model for the rest of us - both young and old.
After some small talk, and Natalie telling me how happy she was to be finished with her homework for the evening, I began asking her questions. Here are my questions followed by her responses.
What inspired you to become a writer? Are there any authors or books that motivated you to write?
I love reading and that helped inspire me to write. At first, all I knew was that I wanted to write - but I had no idea what to write. Then I had an idea. A lot of kids didn't know how to make friends, so I thought I would write about that.
I really like the Narnia books and the book called Outsiders. Both of these books have inspired me.
What did you learn from writing your first book?
Writing isn't intimidating, but it does take a lot of time. I would write a sentence and then realize that it was not the way I wanted it - so I would rewrite it.
How did you come up with the idea to write a book on parenting?
I have a lot of friends who are often afraid that their parents will get mad at them if they do something wrong or forget to do their chores. They have a fear of their parents. My family is normal (said with a bit of exclamation and hint of laughter), so I thought others could learn from them.
My book is about my own experiences and talks with people. I shares stories and examples of how you should let your child become what they want to become. You shouldn't force them to become who you want them to be. They are not you.
What do your parents think of this parenting book?
My mom helped me with some of the ideas and editing. She is very helpful and likes the book. My dad reads it and gives his opinion.
What would you say is one of the most important things that parents should know? (I thought Natalie's answer was incredibly insightful!)
The most important thing that parents should know is that everyone is a mirror of you. If you have a fear and you meet someone else, what you see in them will be a reflection of your own fear. If your child is annoying or frustrating to you, it reveals a fear or insecurity that you have about yourself.
How many books do you plan on publishing before you graduate from high school?
I'm only in 7th grade, but I have 11-12 books ready to be published. I'm just waiting. I plan to keep on writing so that I can get better and so that it will become easier to publish.
What would you say is the first step to writing a book? Where do you start?
The first thing is to ask yourself, do I really want to write a book? If the answer is yes, then make a list of ideas, take one of them, and ask yourself, will my audience like this? Does it give a good lesson? Will it teach and energize people? Brainstorm the idea into a first draft and then slowly progress from there.
Is there anything that you would say to motivate others - both young and old - who are thinking about writing a book but are afraid to take the first step?
Just really believe in it. Put yourself out there. If you have a hard time finding someone to publish it, publish it yourself. Sometimes this is a good way to start. Then market it - get people to see it and know it. The more people become familiar with you and your book, the more books you will sell.
In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
- Bill Cosby
What Do You Need to Do Next to Accomplish Your Dreams?
Natalie's first book has won multiple awards and sold over 2000 copies. She has done book signings and storytelling at Barnes and Nobles and in the public library. Additionally, she has spoken at multiple venues. In her first thirteen years of life Natalie has done more than many accomplish in their entire lifetime.
So my question to you is, what is your next goal and what do you need to do to accomplish it? If one of your goals is to be a great parent, I would recommend reading Natalie's new book How to Be a Happy Parent and Help Your Child Reach Full Potential. If your goal is climb a mountain, start a business, or learn an instrument, I recommend that you take Natalie's advice: Create a plan and then move forward one step at a time.
Go out there and take your first step. Meanwhile, keep an eye on Natalie at www.NatalieTinti.com. It will be an adventure to see the talented woman this young girl will grow up to become.
What do you think of Natalie and her books? Are there any other tips that you have for those reaching their goals? Share your comments below.
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