Congratulations on the release of Captain Courage and the Fear-Squishing Shoes. Please tell us more about it.
About the book:
In the story, a precocious third grader named Katie shrivels with fear during various common scenarios at her new school such as: presenting at show and tell, chatting in the lunchroom, participating in class, and navigating the playground scene. Unexpectedly, a unique superhero, Captain Courage, swoops in to the rescue and helps Katie find self confidence and courage.
What was the inspiration for this book?
Stacey: As a public speaking coach, motivational speaker, speech-language pathologist and Mom, I am acutely aware of the role that speaking with confidence can have on overall self esteem—especially in children. So, many years ago, I invented a superhero/role model named Captain Courage, which I used in public speaking classes I taught in elementary schools. I actually taught lessons about speaking with confidence and courage disguised as this outlandishly-dressed superhero. Then, I decided to write fun-filled stories about Captain Courage and sneak in tips about confident, effective communication. Hence, Captain Courage and the Fear-Squishing Shoes was born!
What is your favorite moment from the book?
Stacey: The moment when Captain Courage unexpectedly makes his debut in Katie’s classroom, surprising everyone with his superpowers AND his identity!
Ooo, sounds intriguing! Is this your first published book?
Stacey: Yes, but I’ve had numerous articles published in local and national magazines and newspapers.
We’d love to hear more about you.
Stacey: I’ve mentioned that I’m currently a public speaking coach and Mom to two near-perfect children (Yes, I’m a little bit biased!). I also have a background in broadcasting. I have worked for CNN in Atlanta, WXDU Durham, and K97 Charlotte where I’ve done everything from delivering the news and serving as news director-to-public relations. In my varied professional experiences as well as in my personal life, I’m constantly reminded about the importance of effective communication, namely verbal communication. My hope is that Captain Courage will inspire children to speak up with poise and self-assuredness in any situation.
Do you have any book signing events or book tours scheduled for Captain Courage and the Fear-Squishing Shoes?
Stacey: Yes, I already have some book signing events on the calendar. Readers can learn about events by following me on Twitter @smarshallauthor
How can our readers learn more about you and any information related to Captain Courage and the Fear-Squishing Shoes?
Stacey: I hope that readers will visit me at www.captaincourage.com as well as www.staceymarshall.com to learn more about Captain Courage and me.