Interview with Emma K. Piers, Author of Night Knight

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.

What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?

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.



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Night Knight: Therapeutic Bedtime Stories by Emma K. Piers

These stories are aimed towards helping children ages 5 – 11 years develop confidant, happy and peaceful self identities, particularly during challenging times. The stories explore four themes common to many children: childhood bereavement, separation, bullying, and childhood anxiety and depression. Written in third party to enable the child to impersonalise themselves from the story content, rich metaphor and imagery is used through out to help the child absorb healing messages that are helpful to them.

The author uses her background experience in counselling, to help children who are struggling with feelings like guilt, shame, depression, and other immobilising and self destructive emotions. During times of change and challenge, it is very easy, and often inevitable, that a child can assume they they’ve done ‘something wrong’ and there’s ‘something wrong ‘with them. The author uses various fantasy characters who undergo various challenges, and are shown by their friends, in ways that children can respond and relate to easily, that they are not the cause of the circumstances. The book has been carefully crafted to help children develop a sense of wholeness, happiness, peace and self confidance. This helps them avoid self injurious preoccupations with seeking other’s approval, or need to control and dominate, as they become older.

Read the excerpt!

Deep within the shadows of the huge oak tree, the ground itself seemed to be alive. Leaves, twigs and ferns were flying about. They could have been helpless victims caught up in the winds of wild tornadoes! Even the tangled roots that lay bare above the ground were writhing and moving around like angry snakes amidst the chaos. All the while delicate rays of sunlight shone down through the tree’s branches. They pierced the shadows like dancing fireflies.

What was that – over there? Did you notice those ears? Those pointed ears. A little body was moving clumsily through the undergrowth.

“Orion, what are you doing?” A small and very beautiful elf with the shiniest, blackest hair you’ve ever seen suddenly appeared. Where had she come from? It was Rosador.

“You’re causing a right kerfuffle you know!” she said to her friend.

The tree shouted out, “Hey, bro, that hurts!” as her friend Orion tripped clumsily over its roots, half falling into the clearing to join Rosador. As soon as she saw him, she noticed a grey shadowy outline on his left shoulder. One moment it was there, the next it had gone. Completely disappeared. Rosador recognised the cruel dark figure straight away. Orion’s dark fairy. It had come to try and do him some real harm.

Read the reviews!

“This collection of bedtime stories is designed for children facing particular challenges in their lives, such as bereavement or bullying, but would be a perfect addition to any child’s library.The stories work well whether they are read to the child or the child reads to themselves. The characters are engaging, their adventures exciting without being frightening, and the stories will draw children in from the very beginning. The artwork is superb and is an ideal accompaniment to the stories. For any child, but especially one going through a difficult time, these stories are an excellent source of comfort. Highly recommended bedtime reading.”

 – Willow T., Waterstones.com

“These bedtime stories are a wonderful method of inspiring a sense of safety and open communication between children and the parent / carer who is reading the story. The expression of difficult feelings is encouraged and accepted, and the stories leave the listener with a great sense of safety and security. I recommend these stories to young people up to the age of twelve, and their carers. Everyone is likely to benefit for those undergoing difficult life experiences, losses and transitions.”

– Dr Julia Ronder, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

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Emma Piers is an author, wellbeing coach and narrator. She lives in rural Dorset in the UK with her life/working partner Mark Turner. Emma was born in a rambling old vicarage in Kent, in 1958. Her father was a vicar, and she had two siblings. During her early years, the family moved five times. During these years, Emma developed a deep love and sense of connectedness with the natural world around her. Walking and writing stories about mythical creatures and people became a big preoccupation, alongside a love of English that was instilled in her by two teachers who were both passionate about their subject. As a counter balance, she managed to fail her Maths ‘O’ level three times. Friendships came and went with five different schools in short succession being attended. A working year exploring the USA and France was followed by another year feeling out of place in a technical college studying pitman script, shorthand typing and profit and loss accounts. Many years and several homes later, after her younger child started grammar school, Emma started studying counselling and creative writing. After a number of years in counselling 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. 

Her latest book is Night Knight: Therapeutic Bedtime Stories.

You can visit her website at www.emmapiers.com.

Follow the author on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/NightKnightEP

Join her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=105221292869186



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Good Night, Little Sea Otter by Janet Halfmann

 A sweet and creative bedtime story is what you’ll find in Good Night, Little Sea Otter. It is bedtime for Little Sea Otter, but first he must say goodnight to all his sea friends. One by one they reply, and snuggled in his mother’s arms, Little Sea Otter drifts off to sleep.

I love bedtime stories. My girls are beyond most of them, but I still like to read them. So,  when author Janet Halfmann asked if I would be interested in reading Good Night, Little Sea Otter, I jumped at the chance.

In a unique way, Halfmann helps your little one settle down for sleep. The artwork provided by Wish Williams is outstanding. You feel like you could reach out and touch these creatures as you read along.  You can almost hear the movement of the sea.

I highly recommend  Good Night, Little Sea Otter by Janet Halfmann to anyone looking for the perfect bedtime story. At $5.95, you definitely can’t go wrong.

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  • Publisher: Star Bright Books
  • ISBN-10: 1595722548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595722546
  • SRP:  $5.95


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    The Fox in the Dark by Alison Green

     A sweet rhyming story that will help get your little ones settled in for the night is what you’ll find in The Fox in the Dark.

    The Rabbit is racing home as he’s chased by a fox in the dark. No sooner has he latched the door, but a rat-a-tat-tat startles him. The duck is also scared of the fox in the dark and begs to come in. Next comes the mouse and the lamb begging to be saved from the dreaded fox in the dark. But maybe the fox isn’t as scary as they think.

    In this beautiful reprinted edition of Alison Green’s The Fox in the Dark, young readers can get ready for bedtime by reading of the animals who are snuggling up in Rabbit’s bed to hide from the fox in the dark.

    Green’s lyrical prose flows along almost as gently as a lullaby. With great subtlety, The Fox in the Dark teaches young ones a good reason not to make assumptions about others.

    The illustrations by Deborah Allwright are wonderful. They capture the essence of the story perfectly.  From the sweat dripping off Rabbit’s forehead to the big, round eyes of the little fox, she has captured the emotions of each character.

    Everything about this book is wonderful. The special child in your life between the ages of 3 and 7 would certainly enjoy this one.

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Tiger Tales; Reprint edition
  • ISBN-10: 1589250915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589250918
  • SRP:  $15.95


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    Fur and Feathers by Janet Halfmann

     In this imaginative new book by Janet Halfmann, Sophia is awakened by the howling winds. Her mother suggests they count animals. Soon Sophia is fast asleep, dreaming of a howling wind that blows all the animals out of their coats. Sophia offers the animals her clothes, but they aren’t very comfortable for her new friends. Then Sophia pulls out her grandma’s sewing box to see what she can find to make the “right coat” for each animal.

    Fur and Feathers is a delightful story from the award-winning team of Janet Halfmann and Laurie Allen Klein. Halfmann’s unique and engaging story is perfectly complemented by Klein’s stunning and beautiful artwork. Young readers will be captivated by this tale of a young girl who helps out her furry and feathered friends.  This book takes the idea of counting sheep to an all new and fun level.

    If you visit Halfmann’s website, she will share the inspiration behind Fur and Feathers. You can view the video trailer below.

    An educational section at the back of the book can be used to teach youngsters about different animals and their skin coverings.

    I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more books by Janet Halfmann!

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:  Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1607180863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607180869
  • SRP:  $8.95


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