Joining us today is Emma Piers, author of the parenting book, Night Knight: Therapeutic Bedtime Stories. An author, wellbeing coach and narrator, she lives in rural Dorset in the UK with her life/working partner Mark Turner. After a number of years in counseling practice, and travels in Australia, Emma’s more recent studies are encompassing both traditional therapeutic and mythological storytelling. This form of storytelling incorporates understandings of the holistic ways in which human and environment interact.
Thank you for joining us today, Emma. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?
I’m an author, publisher, mental/spiritual wellbeing coach, narrator and small business co-director/owner.
When did you first get bitten by the writing bug?
As a young girl living in the rural outbacks of Devon (uk) I spent loads of time outside in nature. I was spellbound by trees. They had the power to still my busy mind, and I would sit and watch the little old oak trees in the woodland until darkness fell. This was also the first time I believe I witnessed the presence of elementals, and felt inspired to scribble down my musings and learnings in a little book.
Why did you decide to write stories for the children’s market?
We wanted to help children ages 5-12 understand how they take on good and bad feelings about themselves, in ways they can relate to and understand, through metaphor and imagery. We use the metaphor of ‘Dark Fairies’ in the stories. We feel there’s a real gap in children’s education when it comes to helping them feel and become their most inspired versions of themselves.
The favourite part is keeping the stories simple, fun and yet edgy enough to retain interest. The challenging part is doing that while at the same time delivering healing messages to the child’s unconscious mind.
Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?
It’s a therapeutic bedtime story book, written as a support for parents and carers in supporting children who are going through bereavement, separation, bullying or childhood anxiety/depression.
What inspired you to write it?
Some friends showed us some statistical research that outlined the increase in childhood depression, self harm and even suicide amongst youngsters in the UK. We asked many people working with children like myself “How come this is happening?” It started becoming evident that our collective societal values of greedy economy before humanitarian ecology have been creating a deep vacuum of unhappiness. We started learning more about the ways our current systems of living and working are just as unsustainable for the human spirit as they are for our precious earth. Those few pieces of research led us to completely change the entire direction of our lives in many ways and this book is one of our ways of contributing.
Where can readers purchase a copy?
Through our website www.emmapiers.com, through Waterstones and W.H. Smith, on Amazon, and through their local bookshops. The mixed media version is the most popular version that people are buying. It’s the 76 page book with 2 narrated cd’s set to background music, attached inside front and back covers.
What is up next for you?
I work together with my partner Mark, who illustrated the book. We are creating a series of cd’s, a follow up book, some web support services, and I’m also busy with my counseling work. Additionally, I’m doing some healing training in chant based singing, which I’m hoping to incorporate into future workshops. So many ideas and plans – this is why we often work into the wee small hours!
Do you have anything else to add?
Readers are welcome to email us through the website, or phone on the number there. They can also add RSS feeds to our site and keep up with developments that way.
Thank you for spending time with us today, Emma. We wish you much success.
I wish you all success as well.
Look for our review of Night Knight coming on April 27th.