Local Author Addresses Social Issues Through Animals in Her New Books

Written by Hannah VanKampen on . Posted in Local

Dawn-34Dawn M. Thompson, author of Barnyard Bully, Double Trouble, and the upcoming Sedwick the Seagull—scheduled for release in early 2018—has been writing since she was young. "I began writing as a child," Thompson said. "It was something I loved, and something I felt God wanted me to do."

Even though she had been writing for so long, Thompson didn't publish anything until Barnyard Bully in 2016. Thompson said she would get 90 percent of the way through a project and then move on to something new. After attending writers conferences she decided to begin looking into marketing and self publishing. She learned a lot from the internet—and from self-published author friends who made mistakes for Thompson to learn from—and published Barnyard Bully.

This book speaks into the issue of bullying. According to Thompson, Michigan has been rated as the number one state for bullying. She worked as a public school office manager, and recalls hearing and seeing many things that were distressing. The aim of this book is to start conversations about bullying, what it looks like, and what people can do about it. The book displays many bullying situations through the lens of barnyard animals.

"The books teach biblical principles in a subtle way," said Thompson, who will be visiting schools and libraries starting in 2018.
Double Trouble, on the other hand, speaks into a different issue—family. Family comes in all shapes and forms, and Thompson addresses many of them in the book. According to the author, "conventional families" (those with birth mother and father never divorced) have dropped from 70 percent in the 1960's to 49 percent now. Through the eyes of two black lab puppies, Thompson shows that no matter what your family looks like, it's still a family.

Both books ($14.95 each) can be found at Baker Book House, and Barnyard Bully at Schuler Books. For more information, visit www.authordawn.com.
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