Meeting Galit Breen, author of Kindness Wins

Hi everyone, and this week I’d like to introduce Galit Breen. Galit is the author of Kindness Wins. Galit was shocked when she was attacked online for her weight. When her daughter came and asked if she could join a social network she had a lightbulb moment, that here was an opportunity to educate and encourage her daughter to act with kindness online.

The Review

Kindness Wins is IMHO an essential guide to encouraging the youngsters and friends in our lives to engage online with kindness and consideration. As someone who runs a large forum on another website, I am often struck by the way people refer to each other. Although I encourage a wide variety of opinion and debate, I am a stickler for it to be honest, open and kind – there are so many ways to say the same thing and I believe it’s important that we choose those that are positive – even if what we’re saying is negative! But this ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes starts young and Galit’s book and its ten simple lessons is a great way to start the debate with your family, about the impressions they are giving when they are socialising online. If only we could all learn them by heart, the world I think would be a much nicer place all round.

The Galit Breen Interview

Galit BreenWhat is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

I used to be terrified of dogs. As in, step to the side-grab my husband’s arm-ask friends to pleasepleaseplease put their dogs away when I came over-afraid. This is shocking to anyone who I’ve met in the last five years, because my puppies are, for sure, my babies now!

What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?

After I got back from a writer’s conference last year, a peer wrote that I’m exactly what she expected; who I am online matched who I was in person. In this day of avatars and filters and 140-character quips, I thought that was the nicest compliment I could have received.

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

Yes. I am constantly writing in my mind. My husband often teases mid-moment that he’s wondering what it is that he’s doing, saying, or wearing that will end up in my writing.

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

I have always been in-smitten-with Meg Ryan. My husband, Jason, and I met online way back when it was still gasp-worthy and new to do so. I secretly thought–and maybe, just maybe, still think!—that You’ve Got Mail was written for us.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

Write about what you love, what you’re passionate about, what makes you want to sit down and write. Before my kids were in school, I’d get up at 4:am so I could have a few hours of uninterrupted writing time. I definitely wouldn’t be able to get myself to do that for every topic! Also, don’t be afraid to change course, make time to read a lot of books, blogs, and essays that you love, and make sure to find an editor who uses a liberal red pen.

Do you have any favourite resources you would like to share with our readers?

This is my favorite topic to discuss! For fiction, I’m wildly in love with Liane Moriarty, Rainbow Rowell, Jennifer Weiner, Suzanne Collins, Kimberly McCreight, John Greene, Sara Gruen, and Ken Follett. For children’s books (I used to be a primary school teacher!) I love E.B. White, Sharon Creech, Andrew Clements, Kevin Henkes, Kate DiCamillo. Wendy Moss, Beverly Cleary, and Judy Blume. For writing, I love Stephen King’s On Writing, Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, Kate Hopper’s Use Your Words and Dani Shapiro’s Still Writing. And for parenting, I love Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, Rachel Macy Stafford, Wendy Mogel, and Sheila McCraith.

What is your favourite TV moment of all time?

“We were on a break!” There’s so much to love about Ross and Rachel, isn’t there?

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?

Coffee all day long, cinnamon tea for deadline nights. There’s nothing like the smell of cinnamon to kick me into gear! #pavlov

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WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT Galit and her BOOK?

Kindness Wins CoverYou can find Kindness Wins in Kindle format here:

You can also catch up with Galit on her blog TheseLittleWaves.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/galitbreen and on Twitterat https://twitter.com/GalitBreen

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WHY ‘THE THURSDAY THRONG’?

These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.

If you would like to see all the Authors who have been featured on The Thursday Throng you can click here: womanontheedgeofreality.com/2012/06/17/the-thursday-throng/.

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