Collaborations between authors can be tough; differences emerge, arguments can ensue and feelings can get bruised, Ultimately, many a joint project will fail to see the light of day. This is no different when the two creative minds at work are connected by familial ties. In fact, differences can often be amplified and even heightened when the collaborator is one that you share DNA with.
But one family team of writers has bucked the odds and saw their project through to fruition. What’s even more amazing is that it’s a mother/daughter team.
Meet Roseanney Liu and her nine year old daughter Morgan Getting, who, over the past year have put their heads together and created a book that seeks to help both parent and student survive what can be for many, a tumultuous half decade. Their book, How to Survive Elementary School is part How-To, part reflection, and with plenty of painful experiences mixed in for good measure.
“As an educator myself and a parent, I realized that a lot goes on in elementary school that’s not always easy to understand or navigate,” Roseanney recalls. “And so I decided to write this book as a guide to help parents and students.”
But she realized that she didn’t want to write it in a vacuum, and so she began interviewing other parents about their concerns.
“But I also realized that I needed the perspective of the student as well,” she adds.
Roseanney didn’t have to look far to gain that youthful insight. Still, her daughter Morgan was a little hesitant when her mom approached her.
“I really thought it was going to be a big chore,” Morgan says, and then adds with a giggle. “And so I kind of rolled my eyes at my mom when she told me about it.”
Morgan wasn’t the only one who was skeptical, as several of the fellow students in her fourth grade class didn’t believe her.
Naysayers not withstanding, the mother/daughter duo soldered on and after two to three months of research, felt they had a winning combination of topics and the data needed to start putting pen to paper. Some of the chapters in the book deal with cheating and plagiarizing, Ugh, drama! and social media and technology.
The favorite topics to cover in the book were the chapter on Bullying for Morgan, and dealing with students with disabilities for Roseanney. Not surprisingly, the least favorite topic for each was Fundraising and Volunteering. Double UGH!
The selection of the topics came mostly from family dinner table conversations about happenings in school.
Reaction has been positive with many of the school staff and parents purchasing the book and with Roseanney and Morgan busy with interviews and promotion.
Asked about her next book and Roseanney thinks she will carry the idea forward to the next logical step of how to survive middle school.
Asked the same question, Morgan quips, “I want to write a book about how to survive writing a book with your mother.”
Out of the mouths of babes.
You can purchase a copy of How to Survive Elementary School by clicking on the image above, or here.
You can contact Roseanney at her website: http://roseanney.com/