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Holly Bonner, Blind Mom, Monster Detective, Author and Reverend.

Meet my wonderful and amazing author who never allows being visually challenged stopped her from doing the things she love. Here she talks about her hope, her secret nickname and her special friend, her guide dog. Stay tune for her new book, "Blind Mom: Monster Detective" coming out soon.

1.Do you have any nicknames? My nickname is "EJ". My husband is the only one who calls me this. It stands for my middle names, "Elizabeth Juliet." 2.What it’s like to be an author? Being an author allows me to share some of my creativity as well as providing insight about what it feels like to be a blind mother of two children in busy New York City. Writing is my time to relax. I need it like I need oxygen. 3.How do you get your ideas? A lot of my ideas come from my personal experiences while other come from dreams I have had over the course of my lifetime. My daughters who are 8 and 6 years old also provide me with a lot of material. Children see the world so differently than adults. Their imaginations often serve as a big piece of my inspiration.

4. What do you do when you get stuck for ideas? Sometimes you just need to know when to take a break. I find I often get writer's block when I am tired or distracted by responsibilities from my day job. When I find myself in those situations, I just let my ideas and my writing sit for a few days and revisit it when I am rested and have had time to think clearly about my characters. 5.What’s the worst thing about being an author and visually challenged? I think the hardest part about being a visually impaired author is convincing the people you work with about your "vision" for a story. I have often met people in the writing industry who think I am unable to visualize a story because I can't see. I must convince them that I can see the characters in my books within my mind.

6.Have you had any problems publishing your books? My first book got several rejections because publishers did not feel they could successfully work with a blind children's book author. I think it both frightened and intimidated them because there is such a negative stigma around vision loss. In addition, there has been a significant time delay with publishing my work because extra time is needed to make my stories accessible. My books are printed in braille and standard print. The brailling portion takes a long time. However, I am committed that any blind individual can pick up my books and read them in an accessible format. 7. What would you like to say to the kids about visually challenged person? I want kids to know that the blind and visually impaired population are just like them. We may not see with our eyes as well as they do, but we are capable accomplishing great things in this world! 8. What do you plan to do next? I am working on another children's book about what happens when a guide dog retires. My first guide dog retired last year, and I am currently waiting to train with my next dog. I can't wait to meet my new canine partner and start our working career together.

9. How can we help you? You can help by visiting Blind Motherhood's website, You can also follow @blindmotherhood on Facebook and Instagram for updates on "Blind Mom: Monster Detective." Rev. Dr. Holly Bonner, MPA, MSW, MAPCC, CASAC, HS-BCP 347-257-9402

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