Dr. Lynda Mubarak is an award-winning author and a retired special education teacher. She was an avid reader in elementary school and her love for books continued during her career in education. Her Stations for Kids Book Series promotes early childhood literacy, community service, human compassion, and career exploration. Dr. Lynda is a graduate of Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, and Nova SE University.
Dr. Lynda is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), International Literacy Association (ILA), Metro Authors Group, and the North Texas Book Festival, Inc.
Dr. Lynda’s first book, Stations: Change Your Career – Change Your Life (2016), was nominated for “Up and Coming Author Award” at the 2017 Indie Author Legacy Awards. Carver Park. Maxine Listens and Maxine’s New Job received the Certified Great Read Award, by the Reading With Your Kids Foundation.
In addition, Maxine’s New Job won the prestigious Henri Award for excellence in the children’s category by the 2018 Christian Literary Awards.
Dr. Lynda is also the author of an ebook, The Author in You: New Writers Searching for a Theme. Dr. Lynda is currently working on the next installment of the Detective Maxine Hill Series.
Dr. Lynda has established a lifetime partnership with the Community Food Bank of Fort Worth, TX. A percentage of each book sold is donated to feed families in need. She loves crossword puzzles, painting birdhouses, live theater, and traveling with her husband, Kairi. Visit the Stations for Kids website today: https://www.stationsforkids.com
BPM Describe yourself in three words.
I am funny, optimistic and creative.
BPM What drove you to publish your first book? How long have you been writing?
I did not write my first book until I retired as a special education teacher and facilitator. I have been writing professionally for three years.
BPM Introduce us to the people in the book, Maxine Listens. Give us some insight into your main speakers.
The main characters in Maxine Listens are 5th grader student Maxine Hill and her parents, the Hills. Maxine is an only child with a pet cat named Amos. She spend hours reading, doing community service with her family at a local food pantry. Maxine enjoys solving mysteries, puzzles, and other family, neighborhood and school events. She is often told by her mom that she asks far too many questions. Her family thinks she may have a future career in law enforcement as a detective or in forensic science as an investigator or researcher. Maxine reads constantly, is president of her school book club, plays Scrabble with her BFF, Amanda Grayson, and often enrolls in courses offered at the local library including American Sign Language and Creative Writing. Mr. and Mrs. Hill are often amazed by Maxine’s interest in anything and everything from architecture and engineering to learning Mandarin Chinese.
BPM Share one specific point in your book that resonated with your present situation or journey.
Maxine’s mothers tells her, “Max, if you want to learn the truth about a person or a group of people, take some time to learn how they live, work and play.” I think so much time is spent analyzing or over-analyzing people or other cultures that we often forget that life experiences are different for all of us and we are all products of the events and backgrounds in our life. Your view of life can transition as you mature and grow. How you feel about a person or situation at 20 may be totally different by the time you reach 35. We all live our lives in phases.
BPM Tell us about you most recent work with the community.
I have a lifetime partnership with the Community Food Bank of Fort Worth, TX. A percentage of each book sold by Stations for Kids is donated to the food bank to assist families in need and displaced workers. I am honored to part of an organization that provides so much for so many!
BPM What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
I was surprised by the families that related to my themes in my first and second Maxine books. The story topics are common to all families and Maxine offers some simple solutions to the challenges faced by each family in the stories. The solutions are doable and simple to implement.
BPM Do you ever have days when writing is a struggle?
Writers are often overcome with the term ‘writer’s block’. What I have discovered as many will affirm, is that ‘writer’s block’ is another term for distractions. Daily distractions keep you from focusing and remaining grounded until your book is completed. Finances, children, job issues, aging parents, ill family members, or personal medical issues can be a deterrent to your book project. It often becomes difficult to stay on course while keeping your purpose on target, and allowing your faith to provide the strength to forge ahead. You must select a time each day or on the weekend to pull away from everyone for a few hours and continue your writing journey. It is essential if you truly want to become an author.
BPM What project are you working on at the present?
I am currently completing Maxine’s Hands, Book 3 of the Detective Maxine Hill Series. Maxine continues to learn new concepts and apply her knowledge of community service anywhere it is needed. In progress is a Stations for Kids website which will be completely kid friendly and interactive.
BPM What legacy to you hope to leave future generations of readers with your writing?
I would like to instill a love of reading and writing to the readers of my writing. I want them to know that reading my book or other great literature will allow your mind to flourish, explore and navigate through life and its challenges. In addition, reading will increase your critical thinking skills and provide a way to understand mankind in general. They also need to know that everything you need to know about yourself and life has been recorded in a book somewhere.
BPM What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you?
Readers can get in touch with me by email at email@example.com
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