Interview with Tal Yanai, Author of Life Is Not a Candy Store, It’s the Way to the Candy Store

Joining us today is Tal Yanai, author of Life Is Not a Candy Store,  It’s the Way to the Candy Store: A Spiritual Guide to the Road of Life for Teens.

Thank you for joining us today, Tal Yanai. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

I was born In Israel forty-three-years ago. As a struggling student, I was considered a troublemaker in school. In tenth grade I was diagnosed with dyslexia, which explained my learning difficulties but it did little to ease my frustration with myself and my everyday struggles. I had no mentors I could confide in or look up to. At the age of twenty-three, after moving to the U.S., I was inspirited and started on a spiritual path, which has led me to align myself with my soul’s essence and mission. 

For two years I worked as an historical analyst at the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, established by Steven Spielberg. As part of my job, I listened every day to testimonies of Holocaust survivors. Many were children or teenagers during WWII and their stories greatly influenced my decision to become involved with educating youth, and I proceeded to get a Teaching Credential in Social Studies. 

Bringing two wonderful children into the world gave me a new sense of urgency to share and teach everything I learned about God and spirituality. Today, I teach Hebrew and Judaic Studies in Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village, CA, while continuing my quest to explore the road of life and achieve my full potential as a spiritual teacher. WritingLife Is Not a Candy Store, It’s the Way to the Candy Store (the first in many books to come) was a natural step in this direction.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

Eighteen years ago, my heart opened to the world where God, love and my soul co-exist in harmony. For the first time in my life I felt emotional and spiritual freedom. It was then that I knew I wanted to tell my story; however, it was only two years ago that I decided to reach an audience by writing a book, sharing my knowledge with others.   

Why did you decide to write stories for the How-to/Parenting market?

Growing up, I lacked important tools to overcome frustration, pain and the feelings I was trapped. Life Is Not a Candy Store is an attempt to provide those tools to teens facing the same situations I faced. I feel that by helping others to find meaning and a purpose for the life they live, I am able to use my painful experience for the good of society. 

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

I am on a journey of rediscovering God and rediscovering myself. When I come across something meaningful, I write about it and share it with the readers. So in a way, my writing is a “journey journal”. This is an exciting journey, and this is what I like most about writing.  In addition, there is nothing more rewarding than hearing from readers how Life Is Not a Candy Store helped them in their lives.

The greatest challenge in writing for teens is to be able to know what is in their heads, what bother them, so I will be able to communicate with them effectively.  

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

Right know I am writing two new books. One is the second in the series of is Life Is Not a Candy Store: It’s the Way to the Candy Store.  If the first one is for teens, this one will be for young adults and will look at ways spirituality can help dealing with issues YA face.

I am also in the process of writing another book for teens. This one will deal with the subject of happiness and will help teens to find ways of becoming happier.

What inspired you to write it?

What inspired this book is seeing the pain we cause each other when we act in selfish ways, not thinking about the consequences to others and ourselves.  This is true for people in all ages, but as a father and as a teacher it was important for me to pass my message to teens first. And there is another reason I decided to write this book; when I was a teen, I felt frustrated and trapped. But after finding the road to an emotional and spiritual freedom, I decided to “share the news” with teens who feel the same way I felt. 

Where can readers purchase a copy?

Readers can purchase a copy of Life Is Not a Candy Store on my website,  They can also go to Amazon, Barnes and Nobles on line, as well as many others online book stores.

Where else can readers find you online?

They can also visit my blog, Road Signs at

What is up next for you?

In addition to being a guest on some wonderful blogs such as yours, I’m also doing radio interviews. My hope is that as the book will continue to do well, I will be invited to speak with teens about the issues I raised in the book. And to keep things interesting, I’m in the process of writing two new books.

Do you have anything else to add?

Like anything in life, we give our writing a meaning and a purpose. If we like it or not, we create every moment of every day, so don’t be afraid to create, love, weep, and laugh. And do it for the love you have in your heart for God, yourself and everything else which is life. 

Thank you for spending time with us today, Tal. We wish you the best.

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August 29th – Book Review & Giveaway 

August 30th

The Book Faery Reviews – Spotlight 

Book Snatchers – Book Review & Giveaway

I Love You, Be Careful by Judy Snider and Joan Dickow

 If you’re looking for a sweet, touching book to share or to keep, pick up a copy of I Love You, Be Careful by Judy Snider and Joan Dickow.

Moments of a baby girl’s life through to adulthood and the birth of her own first child are captured in this delightful book. “I Love You, Be Careful,” are words that follow us through our lives, though perhaps, they are said so often we don’t consider them very much. This book changes that. It celebrates the love of family and the concern we feel for each other.

The illustrations provided by Cady B. Driver are beautiful. They capture moments like the girl’s first steps, the birth of a baby brother, the girl’s first day of school, her prom, and so much more. In addition to the simple text, the words “I Love You, Be Careful” or “Be Careful” can be found in different places: on a balloon, on a backpack, on a graduation photo.

You’ll enjoy sharing this book with your family and friends.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (September 27, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1453561153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453561157
  • SRP:  $21.32 
  • Joan Dickow, Judy’s sister, lives in Berkley, Michigan wither husband, Fred and their cat, Coffee. This is her first book and she is currently working on her second picture book, The Porch Fairy.

    Judy Snider, Joan’s sister lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, Gil, and two silly cats. She is the author of the CWA award-winning children’s picture book, Goldy’s Baby Socks, and on a team of authors of The Scared Purse.

    Visit the book’s website at

    Cady Driver paints portraits and murals, teaches art and donates her work to charitable organizations. She has also illustrated Icky, Sticky Pancake World by Patrick Wynn. You can view more of her work online at or contract her at She currently resides in Raleigh, NC wither husband and homeschools her three children.

    Watch the book’s trailer online at!

    World of Ink Schedule for Judy Snider and Group

    April 1st

    Families Matter Blog – Interview 

    The Authors Marketing Powerhouse – Author Spotlight

    April 4th   

    World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children with hosts: VS Grenier and Kris Quinn Christopherson. 

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    Book Marketing Network – Author Spotlight 

    April 5th

    Stories for Children Magazine FG Interview 

    The Writing Mama – Author Spotlight 

    April 6th
    KidsRead Blog Review of The Sacred Purse 

    April 7th

    Home School Blogger-Book Review of I Love You, Be Careful 

    April 8th

    The Product Review Place – Author Spotlight 

    April 10th

    Utah Writing Network – Guest Post on how to find the inspiration to write 

    April 11th

    One Zillion Books Review of I Love You, Be Careful 

    April 12th

    Children’s and Teen Book Connection Review of I Love You, Be Careful

     April 13th

    Families Matter Blog Book Review of Goldy’s Baby Socks and Giveaway 

    April 14th

    Rambling of a Coffee Addicted Writer Review of I Love You, Be Careful 

    Putting Words Down on Paper – Interview 

    April 15th

    The Maggie Project – Guest Post on the backstory of I Love You, Be Careful Review of Goldy’s Baby Socks 

    April 18th

    Roth’s Inspiring Books & Products Review of I Love You, Be Careful
    April 19th

    Roth’s Inspiring Books & Products – Interview 

    April 20th

    Adolescent Girl’s blog – Guest Post on Love 

    Inspired by Savannah Review of I Love You, Be Careful 

    April 21st

    Book Marketing Network – Guest Post on the backstory of The Sacred Purse 

    April 22nd Review of I Love You, Be Careful 

    April 25th

    The Writing Mama – Interview 

    April 27th

    VBT-Writers On The Move – Author Spotlight 

    April 28th

    Writing to the Hearts of Children- Interview  

    April 29th

    Families Matter Blog Book Review of I Love You, Be Careful

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