Cherrye S. Vasquez, Ph.D. brings a vast experience and expertise of behavioral, cultural and racial diversity to her books. Within her books are lessons of diversity, pride in heritage, self-identity, and self-worth. Creating in the young reader a “greater conviction for maintaining deep inner-strength and authority for their lives.”
Author Cherrye Vasquez is a public school administrator and an adjunct professor. She is a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction; a Master of Education in Special Education; and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology/Audiology. Vasquez specializes in Multi-cultural education and holds certifications in Early Childhood Handicapped, Mid-Management and Educational Diagnostician.
Interview with Cherrye S. Vasquez, Ph.D.:
What are you working on?
Multicultural is my genre and my platform topics center on Diversity and Bullying issues. My children’s chapter book, Clique, Clique, STOP geared for ages 9-12 was released February 2014 by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, LLC. This isn’t my first children’s chapter book as Tate also helped me publish “No Tildes on Tuesday” in December 2010.
My latest book, “Teacher, Teacher, Can’t You See?” will have its official release date on July 8th. It is currently going through niche marketing. This is the first of my books on bullying (with more to come) and has been told in rhyme by a male protagonist who just wants the teacher to stop, look and listen to his plea for help from the class bully, Johnny. Johnny was once his friend, but now he’s changed.
Currently, I’m working on two more manuscripts. One will focus on multicultural awareness and the true origin of piñatas told by a little girl who has always had a piñata her at her birthday party, and the other manuscript’s storyline will focus on a child with (what some few may term as) a disability, but I’d rather term it as a medical condition caused by abnormal growth. Oops! Spoiler alert! I’ll pause here.
How does your work differ from others of the same genre?
I am not sure if my work differs from others of the same genre, but the book that I’m currently working on will feature a female protagonist with a medical condition that I’ve not found in books for young children. It will depict and highlight difference and diversity in a very strong and positive way featuring the positives things she benefits from even with her medical condition. This way, I’m able to distract from a negative picturesque viewpoint of her young progressive and positive life. My goal is to highlight “feel goods” within the text of this book.
Why do you write what you do?
I love children and l hate to see them trampled on. We have far too many children who possess low self-esteem and poor self-images of themselves. It tears at my heart strings because I believe in bestowing deep-seated empowerment within children. Regardless of their circumstances, we can find valued uniqueness in each child.
How does your writing process work?
Usually, my thoughts come to be late at night when my mind is clear and refreshed, but just before slumbering. I love the peace and serenity of early mornings, so once I’m awake I can map out what I had in mind the night before, and rethink my storyline and plotting. I begin however, with pencil, paper and a warm cup of tea or my favorite brand of healthy coffee beside me.
Once I sketch out what I have in mind, I ask myself if it might be of interest to a child. If so, who might my audience entail? Once I’ve mapped out these favored details, I am ready to input my draft work onto the computer.
For me, writing is relaxing. I get very excited thinking about how my work may impact children.
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