Today I have the great pleasure to have Intentional Writer, Naomi C. Rose on the blog. Her work is a lovely combination of spiritual teachings and social impact tailored especially for children (which resonates so strongly with me!). Check out the interview and then click on the cover pictures to read more about her books!*
Interview with Naomi C. Rose
Tell us a little about you.
When and why did you start writing?
I began writing poetry and short stories as a child and have continued to write throughout my life. At first, writing was simply an outlet to express myself. Later it became a tool for being of service to our world.
Why did you choose to write your books?
In Tibet, wisdom tales have been passed down for centuries through the oral tradition from teacher to student. One of Lama Surya Das’ teachers suggested that he write these tales in English so that they may be of benefit to students in the West. This resulted in a wonderful book of Tibetan tales for adults, called Snow Lion’s Turquoise Mane.
In an early conversation with Lama Surya Das, I told him I wanted to create children’s books. It was then that he passed the baton of the teaching tales to me. “Why don’t you turn some of the tales from my book into tales for children?” he asked. “Then the stories could be of benefit to children as well as adults.”
His suggestion fit perfectly with my personal motivation to be of benefit. I had become enamored with the Tibetan people and I wanted to do what I could to help preserve and share what was left of their sweet and peaceful ways. This resulted in my first children’s book, Tibetan Tales for Little Buddhas, which I wrote and illustrated. The book includes 3 wisdom tales, Tibetan script, a chant and glossary, and to my great joy, a foreword by the Dalai Lama. I’ve now devoted over twenty years to writing, painting, and teaching about Tibet and its mystical wisdom.
If there is one thing you’d want people to do after reading this book, what would it be?
The Dalai Lama, who wrote a foreword to both Tibetan Tales for Little Buddhas and Tibetan Tales from the Top of the World, says the books are for all ages. That has proven to be very true. Readers of all ages have reported how the stories and art have brought more wisdom, peace, and joy to their lives. Some have had life-changing experiences reading one of the books. My hope is that readers who have a positive experience from reading the books will then have a more positive impact in the world around them, through action as well as presence.
After completing two books of Tibetan wisdom tales, I felt drawn to do a children’s book on Tibetan wildlife that are endangered. This resulted in Where Snow Leopard Prowls: Wild Animals of Tibet. My hope for this book is to give readers a chance to experience a personal connection to the animals, and thus care for our environment to help protect them.
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To be frank, I am SO excited about these books! I think I’ll need to pick up a few copies for my kiddo! It’s so important to talk about these things with children so they have the vocabulary and experience to wrestle with these issues and concerns as adults. From considering environmental impact, to understanding and exploring their inner selves, the more positive stories they read – the better! Please check out Naomi’s work and consider giving a copy to the kiddos in your life!
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*Note: The picture links are affiliate, which means I get a small commission (which helps me keep my work going!) while you support the hard work of this wonderful author (and she still gets her full royalties – so it’s a win for all!)!
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