Dr. Jackie Chirco Cogswell is a family physician, wife, mother, former school teacher, and now author of a series of Christian children’s novels, the GIGGLEHEART ADVENTURE SERIES. Writing Christian books and reading the Bible has become her passion.
In recent years, Dr. Jackie has been led to teach children of all ages how to prevent and stop bullying. As a Christian mother, the issue of bullying became very personal to her when her child was bullied in elementary school. Through the many struggles her son had with bullies, Dr. Jackie learned from firsthand experience how to tackle bullying from a Christian perspective. SUPER LUKE FACES HIS BULLY was inspired by her son’s personal struggle and the good Lord, “Who equips us for every battle and gives us strength.”
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Q: Thank you for this interview, Dr. Jackie. Can you tell us what your latest book, Super Luke Faces His Bully, is all about?
Thank you for this interview opportunity!
Super Luke Faces His Bully takes the reader on a journey through the eyes of a fun-loving boy, Luke Giggleheart. Luke had always dreamed of becoming a big, brave super hero. Even though he was equipped with a fun super hero cape and “innocent citizens” to protect, his dreams came crashing down when he found himself shoved into a locker by the notorious school bully, Bulldog Jones!
During this adventure, Luke discovers how to be brave enough to tell caring adults about his bully so that they could help stop the abuse.
One of the best parts of the story is when Luke discovers how to get his heart bully-proofed when he exchanged his fears for courage by trusting in Jesus Christ! Bulldog Jones also experiences a change in attitude when his heart was touched by the love and kindness of a real Savior!
Q: Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?
Luke Giggleheart is an eight year old, tender hearted boy. Luke was sweet, timid and shaky in his sneakers when it came to dealing with aggressive kids. This made Luke the perfect target for the school bully, Bulldog Jones!
Bulldog Jones was ten years old. He was mean! Bulldog would sniff out fearful kids and then would go after them as a means to take out his aggressions. As the story unfolds, the reader discovers why Bulldog was so mean and nasty.
Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
Most of my characters are inspired by my children and as they struggle with common issues like fear, anger, pride, lying, and bad attitudes. This often annoys my thirteen year old. I can just hear her now, “Whatever, Mom!”
I know the story line before I sit down to write a book. Usually the plot has been percolating in my heart for months before I actually start writing. However, many of the fun little details that knit the plot together usually just come to me as I write.
Q: Your book is set in a typical Midwestern suburban Christian school. Can you tell us why you chose this city in particular?
The core setting for this book is in a Christian school and an average suburban neighborhood. No particular city was mentioned because it was not significant to the story line.
Q: Does the setting play a major part in the development of your story?
The only real significance of the setting is that schools, buses and neighborhoods are all fertile grounds for bullying. For a young reader, these settings would seem relatable and help the kids connect with the characters in the story.
Q: Open the book to page 69. What is happening?
This is a really fun question J.
On page 69, Harry “Bulldog” Jones,the notorious school bully is being examined by a physician for injuries he received from a fist fight. The physician, Dr. Giggleheart (Luke’s mom), tells Harry’s mother that his black eye and bloody nose would heal. However, Dr. Giggleheart warns Mrs. Jones that Harry’s behavior problems could be fueled by the aggressive music he listens to.
Q: Can you give us one of your best excerpts?
(Excerpt from page 13)
That day, my bully left me with a humongous problem. Ever since I was two years old I wanted to be a superhero. In fact, I used to stand in front of the mirror in my diaper, squeezing my muscles hoping they would someday be strong enough to turn me into a real super dude. Now that I have strong muscles and a cool cape, I love playing Super Luke and saving my friends and family from big bad bullies. But after getting stuffed into my locker, I know that it takes a lot more than a good looking cape, a superhero name and big muscles to make me strong and brave! Learning how to be a real superhero is a major growing pain.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Dr. Jackie C. Cogswell. We wish you much success!
Thank you very much for taking the time and interest to learn more about Giggleheart Adventure #2, Super Luke Faces His Bully!
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