Today we’d like to introduce you to Robin Warnberg.
Robin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up on a working cattle ranch in very rural New Mexico. I always knew that I had an unusual twentieth-century upbringing due to that. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I wanted to share some of the sweetness and innocence of growing up that way with others and thought of writing a children’s book. Having three children of my own, I read to them a lot as they grew and noticed there were not many books about country or ranch life for kids. I finally sat down and wrote out some stories of my childhood and my brother’s and created my characters: Jack and Alice.
All of the stories in the A Boy Named Jack series are actual events that either my brother or I did or my own kids. I published 8 books in 2017 including one coloring book that has the original, hand-drawn illustrations from the first four books. As for my “day job”, that is a little longer story. I have always been a “helper” and received my Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2000. I have worked in a couple different settings in the Hillsborough County area in this capacity since that time.
I am currently offering emotional support for patients receiving cancer treatment. Around 2010 part of my own wellness journey included taking up running for fitness and I just fell in love with it. I then obtained my personal training certification and opened Bella Sudore which is a unique personal training service. As I am trained to provide mental health counseling as a social worker and a personal trainer, I am able to really reach clients and deal with their total wellbeing.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Writing the stories for the books was easy and I found an amazing illustrator from Italy who brings the characters to life in amazing ways. I have completely funded the A Boy Named Jack series myself so that has been challenging. My greatest hold-up at this time is marketing. The books are currently only being printed on demand through Amazon and I would LOVE to bring them to a larger market, securing a publishing deal. The personal trainer and counseling part of my life is very fulfilling. My biggest challenge there is to keep up-to-date with current training in both fields.
Please tell us about A Boy Named Jack.
A Boy Named Jack is a series of children’s books based on living and growing up on a working cattle ranch in New Mexico. I have tried to bring in the unique and precious things we did as kids to life in these stories. My brother was the main inspiration for the books and has become Jack in the series. My stories are told through Alice in the books. I originally wanted the books to look and feel like the old Dick and Jane books and I think I captured some of that, but these are definitely special on their own.
My personal training business, Bella Sudore, is unique in two different ways: I am completely mobile. Yes, I have a car full of equipment and I come to your home or office and we sweat! Also, due to having a license in the State of Florida as a clinical social worker, I am able to provide that level of mental health care to my patients.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would not change a thing about A Boy Named Jack. I absolutely love the books and the people who knew me growing up say the stories tell it like it was! On the personal training side, I would have started running and working out MUCH earlier. I love how I feel when sweating beautifully!
- most of the books are 10.99 plus applicable shipping
- Address: Wesley Chapel, FL
- Website: www.aboynamedjack.us
- Phone: 813-727-5551
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