Wednesday, June 1, 2011
The Garbology Kids™ Series ~ Sabbithry Persad
Sabbithry Persad has been writing stories and poems since she was a child growing up on the island of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Her childhood was filled with many siblings and countless well-read, entertaining books from literature and scientific magazines to comic books and encyclopedias.
Now, Sabbithry Persad shares her enthusiasm for reading and writing through publishing and authoring books. Persad’s debut children’s book is Where Do Recyclable Materials Go?, the first book in the Garbology Kids™ Series.
Without further ado, I'm pleased to share with you a recent interview with Sabbithry Persad.
DMc: You are the founder of Green Solutions Magazine. What inspired you to come up with the focus of such an important topic?SP: The idea struck me when I helped out a friend at an environmental convention in March 2008. I noticed that everyone talked only about environmental issues, and rarely the solutions to those issues, so I jotted a basic outline of what I wanted to do on the back of a flyer. Several weeks later I put together a rudimentary site on my own based on my notes from that flash of inspiration, then launched it in July 2008. Although it’s only been three years, at that time, the concept and the phrase “Green Solutions” was rarely used on the web, and only a handful of people focused on environmental solutions. Now, there are many people talking about solutions…and things are slowly changing, for the better!
DMc: What has been the most rewarding/memorable experience in writing for children?
SP: For me, one of the most rewarding/memorable experience comes when someone reads my book and finds value in the information being presented, whether it be on a fun, entertaining or educational level. Within the layers of each book, I hope there’s something for everyone.
DMc: Please share with our visitors the basis of the The Garbology Kids™ series.
SP: The basis for the Garbology Kids™ series evolved after reading an article about the world’s waste management problem. I felt compelled to do something beyond practicing the three R’s myself, so I decided to write an educational children’s book for my niece and nephew. I thought if children started practicing less wasteful habits at a young age, it’s more likely that they’ll take those habits into their adult life, much like how I learned from my parents. Halfway into developing the book, I decided to take the three R’s a step further and incorporate the waste management hierarchy. The waste management hierarchy has been around for a long time, but it was mostly only known to professionals in the waste management field. Now that more people are aware of the issues waste causes to people and the environment, it seems like a natural step to apply the principles of waste management not just to municipal waste, but also to everyday life.
DMc: What can we expect from you in the future and where can our visitors learn more about you. SP: I’m currently working on a second book in the series, due out September 2011; a third book is also scheduled for April 2012.
I’m always doing interviews, so I invite anyone to look at previous visits on my Virtual Book Tour (http://www.firewatermediagroup.com/gk/wdrmg-virtual-book-tour.html) to learn more.
DMc: A signature request I like to ask every author, illustrator, editor, etc., I interview is for the individual to share with us a tidbit form their lives that the reader will find either humorous or surprising. Sabbithry, can you please share one with us?
SP: I learned to drive on the left hand side of the road, the standard on St. Thomas. And when I first drove a car in the US, I found myself doing the same thing! Fortunately, it was a small no traffic two-way street and I quickly corrected myself J.
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.