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Barbara Techel is the author of the multi-award winning Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog book series. When her dachshund, Frankie, suffered a spinal injury, Barbara had her custom-fitted for a wheelchair. Frankie persevered, and Barbara realized the beautiful opportunity she had to share Frankie and give others hope and inspiration to be the best they can be. Along with sharing Frankie’s story with children, Barbara and Frankie routinely volunteer as a therapy dog team at a local hospital, senior assisted facility, and hospice community, spreading joy wherever they go.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Iggy the Iguna Helps Kids Be the Best they Can Be!

The real Iggy the Iguana!

Melissa Williams has been writing stories since she was eight years old.  Many of her stories were inspired by real life experiences with childhood pets.  One such pet, Iggy, inspired her book series...

Melissa as a child with Iggy

This is so dog-gone exciting for me to interview an Iguana! I think we could safely say this is an exclusive interview, because how often do you see a dog on wheels interviewing a way cool Iguana, right?

Welcome Iggy! Thank you to all my readers for tuning into my very exclusive interview with one handsome and kind Iguana. (I blush as I do this interview)…

Frankie:  Hey Iggy! First of all, I think you are so cute! Would you ever consider being my boyfriend?

Iggy:  Ha! Thanks Frankie! But, I think Liz may have a problem with me moving on so soon. :O)

Frankie: Ok, let’s get down to more serious things. We have lots in common with what we both teach children about acceptance and overcoming challenges. I really like that about you. What would you say is the one biggest thing kids struggle with today? How do you help them with that?

I think that kids are so worried about what others think about them. Its almost as if bullying has gone to a whole new level these days, so we have to set an example to teach kids not to leave others out or make fun of them behind their back. It is time to start treating others the way you would want to be treated! Everyone's life situation, environment, and background makes them unique and shouldn't be held against them through judgment.

Frankie:  You visit many schools sharing your message. Can you tell us about one of your favorite visits? Or something a child said that inspired you?

Sometimes I ask kids what they have learned from my story, and many of them will say to always be yourself and don't make up things to look "cool." It is awesome to hear that they are relating to me.

Frankie:  Speaking of inspiration, what inspires you to keep helping your mom, Melissa write books?

We always remember that the kids (the fans) and the parents are the biggest inspiration for us. When we get emails from people telling us that they are waiting for the next book to come out or they appreciate the values and messages in the series ... it motivates both of us even more. When you start doing something for others and they show their appreciation, it helps you keep going, even into the wee hours of the night.

Frankie:  What advice would you have for kids who think they may want to be a writer/author someday?

Do it! Never second guess your passion and God-given gifts, they are meant to be put back into the world. If you are a young inspiring author to be, definitely find a mentor, someone you look up to and can guide you. Surround yourself with like-minded people and get involved in writing clubs and classes and immerse yourself in literature and even movies. Start to understand why the writers have chosen certain themes, characters, and the deeper meaning behind their writing.

Frankie:  If a bully comes up to you and tries to pick a fight, what advice do you have?

Don't fight. It will make everything worse. If the bully sees that he is bothering you, he is just going to keep doing it. Ignoring the aggression at first will help, but also offering your friendship later may be just what he or she needed but didn't know it.

Frankie: As you know Iggy, I am in a wheelchair (I like to consider it my custom hot-rod). What would you say to another child if you saw them picking on me?

I would stand up for you and defend you by asking, how would they like it if someone was that mean to them? I would let them know that I was your friend, and I would get us away from the situation. This will ultimately make bully feel foolish on the inside, even he if he tries to hide it with more mean words on the outside.

Frankie:  How old are you Iggy and how long does an Iguana usually live? I know being a character in a book means you can live on forever, which I think is awesome.

I am 10 years old, and since my character is basically human-like in the book, I can live as long as humans do.

Frankie: What is your biggest wish for children?

I wish that kids won't be discouraged when things to go right or perfectly the first time around. We have to give ourselves chances to make mistakes and learn from them. Ultimately, when we are accepting to ourselves, we will share that acceptance toward others. Believe in yourself and never give up!

Thanks so much, Iggy!  I know the kids who follow my blog will learn so much from you.  I think you really rock... err, well maybe slither, huh?  Well, what I am trying to say is I think you are so cool!

For more information about Iggy and Melissa visit their very fun website!

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Scout 'n Freyja said...

WOWZA! What a furry goods reporter you are Frankie. We learned a lot and will tell our momma to show your bloggy to her grandsons when they come over this weekend. In fact, why wait for the weekend - we are emailing it right now!

Rena said...

Very cool interview!

Melissa M. Williams said...

I absolutely loved doing this interview with Frankie! He was the best. Thank you for all of the support Frankie!!! You have a new friend. ;O)

Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog said...

Ah-hem, Iggy... remember I am a girl! Remember I wanted to be your girfriend? hee hee.

Your new pal,
Frankie (the girl dog)- arf!

iguana said...

nice interview...
I've enjoy the reading.