Mom’s Choice Awards is excited to announce another post in our interview series where we chat with the inventors, designers, publishers, and others behind some of our favorite family-friendly products.
Hello, Mom’s Choice readers! Thank you for joining us for another interview in our ongoing series. Recently, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Yvonne M Morgan, author of the MCA award-winning book, The Sad Little Wildflower. The Sad Little Wildflower is a beautiful and uplifting story about self-love, self-acceptance, trust, self-belief, and finding out one’s purpose in life. In it, a little flower referred to as “the sad little wildflower” wishes she could be a beautiful pink rose instead of just a weed. After she meets Jesus, the sad little wildflower learns that she does have a purpose. The story is also filled with beautiful and vibrant illustrations that are sure to captivate your little readers. Keep reading to find out more about Yvonne and her award-winning book, The Sad Little Wildflower!
MCA: Hi Yvonne, thank you so much for joining us today, and congratulations on your Mom’s Choice Award! The Sad Little Wildflower is such a sweet story that provides many inspirational and positive messages to its young readers. Can we first start the interview by having you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Yvonne: I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. As a child, my family immigrated to Canada before finally arriving in the USA as a young teen. Besides being an author, my names include wife, mom, and grandmother. I have three grown daughters two sons (one son lives with Jesus). In addition, I enjoy my role as Bebe to five beautiful grandchildren. My passions include missions work and sharing the amazing stories of how we can find Christ in the ordinary. I started a charity through my mission work, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. When not on the mission field, I write full-time. I hope my stories can help you see God in ordinary events in life and inspire you to reach out as the hands and feet of Christ to others. In addition, I love to travel and spend time with my children and grandchildren. Apart from writing Christian nonfiction and children’s books, I write for several magazines and blogs. I pray my books will provide great help for those struggling in their journey with Christ.
MCA: We think you definitely have accomplished your purpose with your writing! Speaking of your writing, what was your path to becoming a writer like?
Yvonne: I never thought about becoming a writer. Most of my business career involved numbers instead of words. Then, after years of mission work, I felt a nudge to write down some memories from those trips. I resisted that urge for a while and prayed about it instead. I still felt the nudge but kept ignoring it until my husband asked me about writing a book one day. That confirmation spurred me to write my first book, Turning Mountains into Molehills, a memoir from years of mission work. I retired, and then COVID hit our world, so I decided to keep writing. Several years and five books later, I am still at it and loving it. My next book is an early reader for children called Mary the Missionary and should be out later this year.
MCA: That sounds wonderful, we can’t wait to read it! What was your inspiration for writing The Sad Little Wildflower?
Yvonne: My first three books are nonfiction, and I thought I would keep writing for adults. Then, one day, I looked to buy a new book for my grandkids. I wanted something Christian and uplifting, but the selection seemed very limited. Someone once told me that if you don’t see the book you want, write it. So, I wrote The Sad Little Wildflower for them.
MCA: As Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” What are some of the key lessons found in The Sad Little Wildflower?
Yvonne: The key message from The Sad Little Wildflower is to help all children learn to accept themselves just the way God made them. I feel that our children are bombarded with messages that if you don’t look a certain way or wear certain clothes, you are not good enough. I wanted children to feel they are loved by God just how He made them and unconditionally.
MCA: Why is teaching children to love themselves unconditionally one of the most important things you can do for a child?
Yvonne: When a child loves themselves unconditionally, their self-esteem soars. They begin to think they can do anything, and that feeling frees them to live a life full of adventure. I struggled with low self-esteem as a child and never felt good enough or smart enough. However, my faith taught me that I am who God made me to be as an adult, and He loved me unconditionally. That love gave me so much confidence in myself. Without it, I am not sure I would have begun my mission work or writing. I might not be the best at either of these things, but I am having a blast doing it.
MCA: What kind of response from readers have you received?
Yvonne: So far, the response has been very positive. I first wrote the story as part of my blog. I received many positive comments, including the encouragement to make it into a children’s book. So, I think parents will enjoy the message as much as their children.
MCA: If you could ensure readers of your book walk away with one main lesson, what would it be?
Yvonne: Teach your children that a loving God wonderfully made them. And they are loved just the way He created them.
MCA: That is a wonderful thought to leave us off with, thank you, Yvonne!
You can learn more about Yvonne M Morgan and her award-winning book, The Sad Little Wildflower by visiting their MCA Shop pages.