Tuesday, 25 October 2016 09:43

Ringer Radio Episode 21

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Monika
Good afternoon Atlanta, Happy Saturday this is Ringer Radio.

Gabe
Wow, welcome in.

Monika
Yes, Saturday.

Gabe
It's now a Saturday and I trust that this Saturday is especially awesome for all of our Atlanta listeners. The weather should be scorching, probably. Maybe it will cool down. I don't know.

Monika
It’s supposed to cool down on Sunday but so far the forecast, it’s that Saturday, it is a little warm. And we have two times on Saturday too. So people are catching us at two o'clock and at six o'clock.

Gabe
I’ve got two versions of future Gabe out there that I can talk to today and this is a great.

Monika
Yes. [Laughs]. You have got two versions of future Gabe.

Gabe
It’s been a really awesome week. We've been the launching stuff like crazy at the shop. We want to just mention too real quick. I know last week we mentioned, you know, we were in the soft-launch stage of SouthWind Plantation

Monika
Southwind

Gabe
Southwind Plantation. If you want to give that a look, it’s a really cool responsive site.

Monika
Their web domain is huntSouthwind.com.

Gabe
If you are in to luxury hunting, that's the place to look.

Monika
Absolutely. Or even if you're looking for a place to have a good corporate retreat, a getaway. They got a great piece of land down in Bainbridge, just a little bit away. But you know, there's a lot of activities you can do.

Gabe
They also do a lot of weddings and stuff like that?

Monika
They also do weddings. Yep, yep.

Gabe
That’s craziness.

Monika
That's beautiful place. It's a lot of acres. We’re actually planning on going down there. What is? In October, September. With our drone and getting some really good area footage of all their property and doing some really cool videos for them as well.

Gabe
Should be fun.

Monika
Should be fun. Would be hot.

Gabe
It’s always hot on Bainbridge.

Monika
I hope it would be cool by then.

Gabe
I've been down there during the winter and it's still hot.

Monika
Should I go in down there in July, when it's really, really hot? I mean, it could be worse.

Gabe
And then we got Paul Thomas.

Monika
No Paul Thomas.

Gabe
Well, we will check out Paul Thomas anyway.

Monika
Well, you should.

Gabe
Yes.

Monika
If you want chocolate. They are a great client, we love them.

Gabe
Ok. And then…

Monika
We had a launch that we did, was for pro telecom solution.

Gabe
And Direct T.V.

Monika
Direct T.V. Yeah. I mean we've already done their website for them. We just did a very special campaign for them, for one of their product service offerings. They offer Dish Network to be installed in … to get installed in hotels and R.V. parks and all these different types of places. So they actually go in and do something called the smart box, which makes it to where it's easier on the life of the business.

Gabe
Right.

Monika
To be able to offer people different T.V. solutions for each room.

Gabe
I tell you what. If you're kind of a techie or own a website that is a really good example of what a … like a micro site will do. It's like it's detached from the Website a little bit. I mean, it's not part of the main site but …

Monika
It has its own main page. Yea.

Gabe
Six pages, video of a particular site.

Monika
Right. It has its main page and then six subpages.

Gabe
Yeah.

Monika
And then each subpage has its own specialized video, geared towards that subpage. So great example of a campaign and stuff.

Gabe
Yeah

Monika
Absolutely.

Gabe
So that's another awesome and I think that's done with our homework. Yeah?

Monika
I think so. I think so.

Gabe
Ride on.

Monika
But, yeah we got a … we have a great guest here today. This is going to be fun. It's

Constance
Brown with Ladoneya Brooks and we also … books.

Gabe
Brooks?

Monika
Sorry!!! [Laughs]

Gabe
Ladoneya Brooks?

Monika
My bad. Obviously am having a bad day. Ladoneya books. I can't even speak English properly. And we also have her daughter. Her daughter who's also her co-author, Carmen. Correct? Welcome to the show.

Constance
That's correct. Definitely happy to be here.

Monika
Thank you. So again, we mentioned high level Ladoneya Books, which is a series of books that you have created. Correct? Children's books.

Constance
That's correct. So, Ladoneya Books is basically the business that I created to house all of my products that go along with the books, in addition to some of the accessories and characters that highlight the book. the first book that we actually have is titled “How Ladoneya Caught A Fly”.

Monika
Ok, Ladoneya is your main character. She's like your star ship for your business.

Constance
That's correct. And ironically we have Carmen here and she is the inspiration behind the character Ladoneya.

Monika
Wow.

Constance
So I thought it would be fitting to have …

Gabe
What is Ladoneya? Am looking at the book. Am upside down as it looks like a dinosaur?

Constance
She is a lizard.

Monika
She is a lizard.

Constance
So she is a lizard.

Gabe
How long ago did you write this? Is this the first book?

Monika
That is the first book of a three part series?

Gabe
OK

Constance
That's correct. Originally the book itself was written, I would say in 2012. Sketching out the ideas. Am also the illustrator as well. So I've done illustrations and that process started around 2012.

Gabe
I was just going to say I love the illustration here.

Constance
Thank you, I appreciate it.

Gabe
It looks very nice.

Monika
Gabe loves...

Gabe
I like to draw. Yes, I like looking at people's artwork.

Constance
I have to look at some of your work and see if we can put you in one of the books.

Gabe
[Laughs]. I don’t know. Well if you need like a, you know, a fat turtle or something. Then I think I can work my way.

Constance
[Laughs]

Gabe
But yeah it's very cool, very nice.

Monika
Nice and Colorful.

Gabe
I'm sorry. How long did you say?

Constance
2012, that’s when I started writing the books.

Gabe
Very nice. And then since and three more?

Constance
That's correct.

Gabe
So it is one of a three part series. I actually have nine books written. We are in the process a rolling them out. With Ladoneya series there's three books and there is one cookbook. Kids’ cookbook that would be coming out.

Monika
Oh. Cute. So let's go over the cookbook a little bit. I mean, is it geared towards … things like what age child can cook a lot of the stuff that's within it?

Constance
OK. So the book itself is what we've done in terms of, when booking the schools we talk about pre-K. to third grade. There is a twist at the end of the book and so we want to make sure that all the kids enjoy it. And so that's where the cookbook is kind of geared to. Healthy food ideas that kids themselves can actually prepare. There are some recipes in there that of course would need their parental assistance on. But for the most part, little trinkets and things that they can prepare for themselves. So we have one that is a specialty, Antony J racnid. And he's a spider that's in the book. So we have A.J. spider smoothie. And that's a popular one that we've found that kids love.

Gabe
Wow.

Constance
Yeah.

Monika
As you said, oh, I see the spider here how cure.

Constance
That's correct. And so we do have a dish geared towards each of the characters. And then we have a party platter at the end of the cookbook.

Monika
Oh, how cool. Very cool.

Gabe
No flies in any of the dishes.

Constance
No flies in any of the dishes. [Laughs].

Gabe
No fly, [Laughs]. And now who was your inspiration kind of, maybe behind the characters. I believe you said one of in particular might be sitting with us in the room.

Constance
That's correct. And so one thing that we talk to children about is the fact that you can gain your inspiration from everything around you. And that's what I do in terms of my imagination. You know, I sit in this room right now. I can come up with a cute kid’s concept. And so for the characters, they all come from children.

Monika
Alright. So where did Ladoneya, the character Ladoneya come from?

Constance
Ladoneya was inspired by my baby girl, Carmen and she's actually in the room with us today. Carmen has this bubbly open personality that's welcoming to all. And that's one of the ideas inside of the book. Ladoneya is a character that goes out and search for flies. And within that search, she is searching for friends. And so Carmen inspired Ladoneya. We also have Sasha the dragon fly and she's a little sassy. My oldest daughter has that same attitude and personality, has that Sassy sense seasoning to it. And so when we go to the schools and we you know talk about how the characters were inspired by people that I know. All of the kids will look at Sasha because she is sassy. And when we get to Ladoneya, they will look at Carmen.

Monika
Oh, how cute.

Constance
And it really helps them to see that, you know, everything comes from the real life.

Monika
Right. So in any ways, Ladoneya is Carmen?

Constance
That correct.

Monika
And Sasha as you said is your other daughter. Right?

Constance
That's correct. And so we have three frogs in there and those are my nephews Donny, Dillion, Dorian and it just goes on and on. Yes.

Monika
Very close. So that means everybody in the book has in some way an inspiration from your personal life. Is that correct?

Constance
Almost everybody. We have a bad guy in there. We have a bird in...

Monika
You don't want to get in touch with the bad guy. [Laughs].

Constance
We don't want to attach it. [Laughs].

Monika
What about the spider?

Constance
The spider?

Monika
Is that based on anybody?

Constance
It definitely is. I have a little cousin Anthony J. racnid is the spider’s name but everybody calls him A.J. And A.J. is inspired by a cousin of mine named Anthony Frank Brown.

Monika
Very cool. How cute.

Gabe
What is the basic … Ok, so you said the lizard, right?

Constance
That’s correct.

Gabe
Going around and he's looking for flies and learns to make friends. And do I have a premise, I don't want to give away, like being …

Constance
No, no that's correct. And so Ladoneya the Lizard, she sets out on her own for the first time. And she is a girl and young girl sets out for the first time a search for food and her food in this book just happens to be flies. And so there's a common question that she asks all of the different characters as she meets them. And it's “hello are you food”. And they will replied not for you, kind of implying that we're all food on the food chain for somebody. Right? And as she sets out to search for flies, you will see that she's searching for a little bit more. And it has that undertone of accepting diversity and how we all have things that we can all benefit from each other. And once we get to know each other then we will learn those things.

Gabe
Sure.

Constance
And of course to not give away, the End. But Ladineya also shows that kids can make choices to eat healthy. And that is how we were able to segue into the cookbook.

Monika
Very cool.

Gabe
Well, that's awesome. Well we're going to go ahead and break away to Commercial. Our one-eyed pirate of a producer says that we are out of time for the segment. So … [Chuckles].

Monika
So we would be back. ***Commercial Break***

Gabe
Welcome back to Ringer Radio, the best radio station that you're listening to, right now.

Monika
Yes absolutely.

Gabe
And we've got an awesome guest with us, children‘s book author and we're going to dive right back into that. In case you missed anything.

Monika
Yep. So we were going … before the break we were talking about how the characters were based a lot on your children. So let's go back to when you first, when do you sit there and go, I'm writing a book.

Gabe
Did you decide to write a book first, or did the book come to you first with the idea? Or, how did that work.

Constance
That's a wonderful question. You know, I've always had vivid imagination even as a young child. And so I was the kid that would write plays beg everybody become in be in them. And so the writing and just the art piece has always been something that's been a part of me. But I did take the safe route, I went to school for business. Became a project manager, you know, supervisor for the state and really kind of tucked away that desire.

Monika
Oh, you work for the state. No wonder.

Gabe
Really.

Monika
That's creative, that's like a creative life jacket. I cannot do anything but be here.

Constance
Exactly. So, one thing that I and my girls would do is, we go out on my back patio and read books. And that's how I was able to encourage them to get out there with the fresh air and read books. And we literally had a lizard out there that was on the patio trying to get a fly on the other side of the screen.

Monika
and

Gabe
Ahhh…

Constance
And my imagination just started going. And then you know, I talked to Carmen and I said give me some input. What do you think, who should she meet. And my oldest daughter, we all just team together and this wonderful book came about. And you know, I wrote it and you know…

Monika
Again, back in 2012. Right?

Constance
That’s correct. Brought it to work one day and my Boss, she was like, “this is amazing, why are you here”?

Constance
,

Gabe
and

Monika
[Laughs].

Constance
You know, so against … so I was serious about it. But then I started sketching the characters out. And literally once I sketched the characters, I see them and they were real to me.

Monika
Right.

Constance
And so I just started pursuing that process of getting it copyright and getting it published and getting everybody to just come to life in the book. And it happened, we were excited about it.

Monika
Wow. Alright. So let's talk about the copywriting a little bit and the publishing.

Gabe
Well I was going to say that, you know. We got a lot of listeners that maybe in the same situation. They've got this idea for a book or anything like that. What was it like going from it's just an idea and then I mean, some people just innately have the confidence to say, I can turn it into a book. I mean, was it a process or was it just, it all made sense so let’s go with it.

Constance
Well it all made sense to me. [Laughs]. I'll say that but with anything, it takes work. And for me, if I get a no that just means that that's not the direction that I should go. And so I am a little stubborn.

Gabe
Ok.

Constance
When I believe in something, I'm going to continue to go in. So the process itself of course you can copyright yourself. Once you get everything you can go to the Library of Congress. But in order to get publishing deals, you've got to get a literary agent. And you know, that's a lot of letters and that's a lot of rejections. But you only need one, that's the reality of it. And once you get that one then you know, I have that door to door mentality. I have this great book and I have these great products. Don't you want to see them, don't you want to be a part of this adventure?

Monika
So did you actually … you came up with the whole product line and the book like a concept. Well obviously the first book as well as probably the concept of some others before you went to the publishing the agencies. Or did you know it just one book in the beginning. Like we're just starting basically.

Constance
That's correct. So I started with the one book, already sketched out, already having everything edited. I found my own editor and I tried to be as readymade as possible to say, here this it. And just as we continue to grow as a business because Ladoneya Books, that's my own personal business outside of the book being published. And so that's where we started saying, what else can we do, this is a brand. You know, Ladoneya Books is more than just books that inspire, books that teach. And so in trying to help grow that brand, that's where we came up with different products like, we have our own patent product. I'll show you guys, it's a love hugs pillow. It's a pillow with our arms. Come on, take it out of the bag because you have to hug in order to get that full [laugh].

Monika
Oh, cute. Oh it’s Sasha.

Constance
Yea, that’s Sasha.

Monika
Its a hugable pillow. Constant Go ahead and get...

Gabe
It’s got velcrow on it.

Constance
That's correct. And it's big in schools especially for the smaller children that kind of are nervous reading out in public, reading out to their friends. And so when they have Sasha, they have ladoneya with them. Then they're able to have that confidence to read.

Monika
Now if you turn it around you have Sasha.

Constance
Yea. And the kids love it just as much as you do.

Monika
That is so cute.

Constance
That book, I mean, that pillow is actually partnered with my cousin T.N.G. dark. She makes the pillows. You know, love pillows. So they Ladoneya love hugs pillows, they're on our website.

Monika
Did you say that these are patented? Or what did you say?

Constance
That's correct. With my partner's company, Love hugs pillows.

Monika
Its what that is patented, her arms?

Constance
That's correct.

Gabe
It is going to hug you back. Guaranteed

Constance
Guaranteed to give you that love, to give you that confidence.

Monika
Wow, OK, And so then you also have other products as well. Right?

Constance
That's correct. So we have the Sasha wings. Kids love the Sasha wings.

Monika
The Sasha wings. What are those?

Constance
We didn’t bring the Sasha wings but just the wings that kind of go on like a backpack and the kids can fly around and be Sasha. And you know, the idea is to, Ladoneya is going on a journey, go on the journey with her.

Monika
Very cool and then I did I see a backpack too?

Constance
Oh yes. That’s correct. Those are just our products in terms of marketing and selling.

Monika
Yeah. That's really, really cute.

Constance
Yeah. So we have bookmarks and right now we have a summer reading campaign.

Monika
OK.

Constance
Go to our website, Ladoneya.com and you can sign up for summer reading. When you sign up for summer reading, you're automatically guaranteed to win something. And so, you win. You ten your books then you put into a drawing to win a Ladoneya book. From that drawing, you can win a back to school kit. Which is a valued at two hundred dollars ($200) with back to school supplies.

Monika
and

Gabe
Wow.

Constance
So, go to our website, the summer reading. It’s one hundred days, one hundred books. Everybody get involved.

Monika
Awesome, awesome, Very cool.

Constance
So beyond just the books, it seems like it's very important to have all of the, kind of the auxiliary things that goes with it. And it's obvious you put some effort there. A How much do you thinks that plays overall in the success of what you've done thus far. Like anybody can put out, not anybody but people have put out books and neglected the all the little auxiliary parts that go with it. I have to believe that this is actually, really bolstered the Sales of the books. Is that a fair assumption?

Constance
Well. I'll say yes and then I'll say no. Because the characters themselves come to life. And so we visit schools, we visit libraries, we go to all type events. I think that it's about the work that you want to put into it. And so when I visit schools, I'm not just reading a book. We sing a song, we read the book, we ask questions and then we have an activity that helps the kids to continue to go on the journey after you leave. And so that's just the book by itself. And so it's just about the work that you put into making your books come alive and making them speak to their audience and making the audience want to continue to be a part of that journey. So, yeah.

Gabe
So you go to a lot of schools and do that as well?

Monika
We do, we do. In fact the schools actually have gone from booking us from pre-K. to third grade to sixth grade and middle school because now we're talking about the writing illustration process.

Gabe
Yeah

Constance
Because I speak so much about the fact that, you know, I've had this desire at a young age. And so we go in and we help kids to see that, hey, you know you can actually be a writer. You can actually illustrate, you can …

Monika
Oh, that’s so cool to be able to foster that because they don't, that's not really fostered anymore in schools. Arts and creativity …

Constance
Exactly.

Monika
Has become so much just do, do, do, do. Don't think outside the box, just follow and reads these social studies and this and that and be creative.

Constance
Exactly. And I'm an out of the box personal. So I believe in it and I believe in helping to inspire the next generation and taking a part in it.

Monika
Very cool.

Gabe
Very good.

Monika
So, how many others … so I know you have the other books written. Have you already published the other books, are you working on publishing them? Where you're at with that?

Constance
So we do have all of the books already written and the illustrations actually completed. My idea is to make sure that the first book gets all of the attention that it needs. And so with the whole idea of healthy eating and having the cookbook that you came to us from I wonder for a mentor, that I recently acquired. Now we're focusing on making sure that the cookbook are on, this particular book. So right now we're going to be focusing on the cookbook.

Monika
Very cool. So do you already … are you using the same publishing house that you used for this book? Are you going to another one? Like what? Tell us a little bit of that process.

Constance
So for me, I am open to business, you know. So I'm the illustrator and I'm the art part but then I'm also the business part and so right now we are shopping for a bigger, a better company. Because I believe in my book and I believe that it can do more. And so you know, if that doesn't work out then of course we're going to stay with the same one. But we're definitely putting her out there to allow her to grow.

Monika
Wow, very cool. So do you mind me asking what are you doing in terms of shopping? Do you actually go knock on the doors? Do you just send them your current book? Have you gotten to that point you know, you looking, you trying to figure that point out?

Constance
Oh, not at all. So I told you I'm a door to door. You know, I've actually done, we've done tests and we’ve done studies, where we have passed out flyers. And no face to face contact and test the conversion on that. And what I found is that my conversion rate is better when I look you in your face and I smile. I let you believe what I believe what I believe. When it comes to my characters.

Monika
There's a lot of passion behind you. I can see that passion and your drives to actually seeing something long term in terms of your product.

Constance
Exactly. And so yeah, I’m going door to door.

Monika
Wow, very cool. Is that scary or, how does that feel?

Constance
I think I've gotten over the scary part. As I said, you know, you're not always going to get a yes but you only need one.

Monika
Right.

Constance
And so for me I've just interpret it No as not the right direction.

Monika
And that's such a great attitude to have because I mean that's one thing when a lot of entrepreneurs are always scared about, is that no. And to have that perspective of saying you know, I don't need one yes and if it's a no, it's just not the right direction. Love it. So anyways, for those of you out there. Publishers, if you're looking for a great book or series. You can call up her numbers, 803-381-179. Again, this is

Constance
.

Constance
Brown with Ladoneya Books. We're going to take a quick break and we'll be right back after these messages.

Gabe
Now so much better than that. ***Commercial Break***

Gabe
This is

Gabe
bringing you back the show. You're listening to Ringer Radio and Happy Saturday. Let's jump right back into … we have an awesome guest here today .Making children's books and imagination and all that other entrepreneurial good stuff.

Monika
Right. We have a

Constance
here with us and Carmen, her co-author which is her daughter with Ladoneya Books. Again, it's a series of books that she created, a lot of it. Several of them are based on a character Ladoneya, who is a lizard. And her first book out there is “How Ladoneya Caught A Fly”. Where can people get this book? If they want to buy the book? Can they buy it from your website? Can they buy it from … where? Where can they …

Constance
That's correct. So they can go to Barnes and Noble. They can go to our website which is Ladoneya.com. It's on Amazon, it is on Ladoneya.com. So it's out there, you can Google it. You can definitely get that copy today.

Monika
Very cool. And how is, so how are you marketing your book right now? What are you doing in terms of trying to get exposure and getting people aware of Ladoneya and her adventures?

Constance
So the publishing company definitely does a portion of marketing. In regards to myself, I have hired some marketers to go ahead and get that information out there. We have flyers, we have a lot of events that we go to, Upcoming in July. And August, we have Barnes and Noble coming up in August, we have some library readings coming up in July. So if you go to our website and subscribe to our e-mail. We're definitely get that information out to you.

Monika
Very cool. Ok. So for those of you that have little kids that you want to take to a good book reading with a local author, check out her website again. That’s Ladoneya.com.

Constance
That's correct.

Monika
Very cool, very cool. So. Let's talk a little bit more about your business aspects because there's going to b people out there that again, you know, that want to publish a book. Maybe not children's book but they want to do the publishing aspect. What would you … what kind of advice would you give to somebody out there, knowing what you know now? And where you're at now in terms of the publishing aspect? What one single piece of advice would you give to somebody that wants to publish?

Constance
Don't give up.

Monika
Don't give up.

Constance
Don’t give up. I have to say it like that. So it does require some work on your part. And if you believe in your product, if you believe in what it can do to the society and to your community and definitely don’t give up. Go ahead and get it put it out there. Go knock on doors, write letters and make sure that it comes true because one thing that I've learned is as long as you are consistent you cannot fail.

Monika
Yeah, very cool. So where do you see this book? Where do you see yourself and the series in five years?

Constance
Honestly I see Ladoneya. Again I have this vivid imagination …

Monika
I have vivid imagination, I have a huge one and so there's nothing wrong with that.

Constance
So we do have some things on their way right now. We’ve just created the Ladoneya T.V. on You Tube. And so if you go to YouTube.com//ladoneya, you'll see animated video there. We have about six thousand views and growing and so we've come up with this concept of teaching kids.

Monika
So you are doing the animation for the video. Let's talk about that a little bit.

Constance
I did outsource. i outsourced to India and working with this great guy who's been able to basically put my vision out there into animation. The funniest thing I tell you, you know, I'm like who is going to do the voice of Ladoneya. And one day, I'm out there with my cousin. We went out to lunch. She is about twenty-three (23) years old and she comes up. She's our waitress and she has this the squeaky voice and I'm like “Oh my goodness, Wait a minute”. And I write this script for her and I'm like you got to be my character. And so now we have a contract and she is the voice of our character and it's going well. And so what we're going to do is, we're going to try to be able to incorporate a video once a week or once a month. Once we get them actually completed. That's going to teach kids. It's going to be a fun and innovative way to teach kids about. You know, back when we were younger we had afterschool programs. And we had all those various things that unknowingly to us, it taught us a lot of things that, you know, maybe our parents assume we should know. And so we're going to try to incorporate that message with our characters.

Monika
Very cool, very cool. That's actually really good idea.

Gabe
The overall. Yeah. the overall themes of the book.

Monika
Teaching children.

Gabe
Well yeah I know, I know. But earlier …

Constance
We talked about the acceptance of diversity.

Gabe
Exactly.

Constance
And you know we have so much stuff in there that's fun and that it's easy to digest for kids. And so in the beginning. Her mom gives her, you know, three (3) admonitions that she, you know, has to follow. And then we talk about having that acceptance of diversity and then we talk about with her being young. She's still able to make good choices if she is in a position to be on her own. And so we've incorporated all of those messages in all of our books just to help the kids.

Monika
So overall, it is a high level. It’s about a lizard trying to be on her own. Learning how to be on her own. Basically what a child goes through.

Constance
Exactly. That growth, that growth process and that process of us as parents because you always see her mother in the beginning and the end of the book. And so that process of us as parents having to allow them to have that space and that room to grow and make those decisions but not far enough to where they'd be out there on their own.

Gabe
That’s really inspiring. I was … I would like to ask you a question. I mean you're young and you're kind of the face of the book, the character is based on you. What do you think about watching your mom go through all this and building all of this? I mean if you're … I just let you talk. I mean what do you feel like when you see your mom doing all this? Carmen It's very exciting, it is encouraging. So she teaches me a lot and my siblings a lot. So it helps us the more. So I do more in that, you know, like I do your own thing. So I'm very excited.

Monika
Do you, you guys wrote the book together but do you help come up with ideas for … are you helping her write the other books? Are you … how involved are you with the process of Laoneya books? Carmen Well I came up with some of the friends that she will come up and meet with for Instance. That she met met throughout the book.

Gabe
Yeah. Carmen So I help with that part.

Gabe
That's cool. So you're the idea person behind it all. Carmen Yeah. Yes.

Gabe
And she is just making it all work together. That's very cool. Well you definitely have something to be proud of. Watching your mom do something like this at a young age? I have no doubt that when it's your time to do your thing. You have a clear track record of, you know, on a clear path of watching her and see and remembering that. You know what kind of drive it takes to be successful.

Monika
Absolutely, it takes a lot of mission and a lot of drive.

Gabe
Yeah. I will talk to you though. That's pretty awesome. You must know that many other people at a young age that can point at something and say, you know, I helped write that. That's very rare. You should be very proud.

Monika
Absolutely.

Gabe
So that is said. What do you think the most surprising thing that you learned in creating these books?

Constance
That no matter what age you are, you can inspire and you can create. And so when we go to the schools as I stated earlier when my girls, you know, when I explain to the kids that they inspire the characters. All of their attention is directed at them and it becomes about them and it becomes about their story and their journey. And so we would ask kids, I mean as young as pre-K. we are asking them, Have you thought about writing a book? Do you have a story? And all these hands go up and we have some questions in the back of the book and you may say, wow these are some you know, detailed mature questions. And these kids are answering. And they love it. And then you see their faces light up and it's just exciting to be a part of that and be one spark of inspiration that can contribute to helping them to grow that is are within themselves. I would definitely have to say that, it's surprising to me to be able to see the really younger ones come up with their own ideas. And have the answers to the question.

Monika
And it's great though. It's great to feel creativity because it goes away as kids get older it just. It starts disappearing.

Gabe
We're getting a little bit off the topic of the book itself but more about that atmosphere. Do you feel the … we're doing kind of a society better than we were maybe ten years ago with the passing of an of knowledge like this? Or … because I hear a lot of people talking about how art and creativity is kind of being drawn out of the schools. I mean, what do you feel about that? So on one hand I agree but on the other hand I do see, am a part of groups. I'm a part of communities that push art that I want to make sure that, you know, we're teaching it at home, we're encouraging it. And if we see it within our kids. And so I think that we may be getting away from art in terms of on a corporate level but on that personal level we're igniting it again. And that's where it started. Right? We started with everybody doing it on their own and you teach your child and you teach your community. You teach your neighborhood and so we actually have an art show coming up July 16th at the academy ballroom in Buckhead. And it's open to the public. You can definitely go to the art of things on event bright. If you want to come in and see some crazy artwork, if you want to come and be inspired or channel your inner child. It’s is going to be a fun event and that's what it's about. It's about seeing what we can do on a personal level within ourselves and then we inspire the next person and they expire the next person and that's how we grow as communities.

Monika
Kind of on us to make sure our children are getting …

Gabe
More opportunities out there. You have to be, you know, get off your butt, look for them and participate. It's not if forced on you.

Constance
Especially if you see it, you know, especially if you see that they have that desire. You know, we all have our own passions and so a passion for art just happens to be mine. And that's art in all forms. You know and so when you see that in our young ones, it is definitely important for us to ignite the spark.

Monika
Well on that note, we have to take a break and we will be back after these messages.

Monika
Alright welcome back to Ringer Radio we are here with

Gabe
and

Monika
. And again thank you all for being with us today. You can always catch our episodes on hirearinger.com/radio. All of our episodes are there. We are backed up a little bit, we do have to catch up but they should all be there soon.

Gabe
They're also on the radio station sound cloud account.

Monika
Correct. And if you guys are in the need or in the market for any digital marketing, website or south winding, you know, always feel free to reach out to us, www.hirearinger.com. Or you can contact us at 404-369-0009. Again we are here with Constance in Ladoneya Books. So we wanted to see if she could do a quick little exert of her, one of her favorite parts of the book for us and do a little small reading.

Constance
Now it's hard to choose a favorite part but I choose the one where she meets the spider. Ladoneya humming along until she meets a spider. “Hello are you food”? Asked Ladoneya. “Not for you” Squeaks the spider. “Well what's your name and what are you”? Asked Ladoneya.”My name is Anthony J. racnid but everybody calls me A.J. and I'm a spider” he declares. “A spider? My mother says I'm the search for food and our food are fly” explains Ladoneya. “Well I'm no fly besides you wouldn't want to eat me” says A.J. “Well that's good because I don't want to eat you anyway. Will you be my friend”? Asked Ladoneya. “Yeah. Of course I be your friend. I love having friends, would you like to come up and play?” asked A.J.” I can't I have to look for food and it's getting late”. Ladoneya says. “Ok, see you around”. Says A.J. “See you”. Says Ladoeya

Monika
Wow, how cute. So again that was the spider that she met that was … you said, the spiders inspiration was your?

Constance
My Cousin, AJ.

Monika
Oh, it’s the same name?

Constance
That's correct. And so that's where we get the racnid in there. Anthony J. racnid.

Monika
You know, I didn't ask this before. Where does Ladoneya come from? Where did the name Laoneya come from? Is there any background to it or is it just a name you saw, and you said, I like that name.

Constance
So of course when I was creating that name, we didn't think about websites. We didn't even think about pronunciation and so we do have it pronounced correctly on the front of the book. But it goes all the way back to being on that back deck. Ladoneya lizard on the deck and so that's where Ladoneya.

Monika
I didn't even realize this whole time.

Gabe
It's so funny how you can take something so simple, kind of blur the lines a little bit and end with such a great story.

Constance
Exactly.

Gabe
Awesome

Monika
Very cool.

Gabe
Well this was of course future Gabes favorite part of the show being read to. Am sure he would listen to it over and over and over.

Monika
Oh, you should have cuddled up with the pillow that would have been nice.

Gabe
I didn't cuddled up earlier.

Monika
You cuddled up earlier but when somebody starts reading a book that's the time cuddle up.

Gabe
I totally missed out on the pillow moment.

Constance
Exactly

Monika
I did. It could have been a great moment.

Gabe
Oh well, next time.

Monika
Next time.

Gabe
Yeah. Well, I guess.

Monika
For those of you that want to find out more about Ladoneya Books. You can go to ladoneya.com. Or if you are a publisher out there and you would like to get a hold of

Constance
and talk to her about her book series. She's always available, 80-331-1799. So you know, for those of you out there. We do have some more time left. So tell us a little, tell us a little bit more. Is there anything that you'd like to offer? I don't know, is it a piece of advice or anything to a young writer.

Constance
Most definitely. Anyone that's young out there that has an imagination, record everything. Anything that you may feel stumped on in terms of inspiration, just look around you. Look at your Friends, look at your family, and look at some of your life experiences. And of course some your life experiences. And of course you don't have to be as detailed. But they can just pull from it. Just a little piece of it. So we do have some books outside of the series. And we have one that’s “I Don't Need My Big Brother” and that's a wonderful book for kids because of course the point where all of the words are saying, “I don't need my big brother”. I don't need my big brother am cool, I don't need my big brother, am not even go to school. But then all of the illustration show how she really does need her big brother because in every situation he's behind the scenes saving her. And so just to compliment with that, you can get your inspiration from everywhere. You can continue to write, doesn't have to be in the same series. It doesn't have to be in the same soup but it can always just get you going. It may not be the best thing at first but then you'll be able to write another one. You'll be able to write another one and then it will be that perfection that we all search for.

Monika
It doesn't necessarily have to be to publish. It could be just to enjoy the fact of writing and doing something in the act of it coming up with your own story.

Constance
And so that's what I said earlier in terms of when I was a kid I would actually get all the kids in the neighborhood together and let's do this play. Let's do this, so you can get your friends together. You can get your parents down in the living room and say listen to my poem or I listen to my book and you know. If it makes you happy then make it a reality because it doesn't have to get published or it doesn't have to be something that's well known but if it makes you happy keep doing it. Because that's what it's about. It's about doing things within our life that make us happy and that kind of fulfill that need within us.

Monika
Yeah it's actually a great activity. Maybe they even do it, the way you did it. You started it with your kids where you sat outside and said let’s write, let’s come up with the story together. You don't have to necessarily go in and write the book and everything. But it might be a fun activity to spark imagination in your own children by sitting there. Sitting outside and looking at your environment and saying, what can us, you know, help nurture that with the child like you know. Geb, what do you think? You know and do basically what you did with your kids. Being like, oh what do you think? You know, what would come next? And who's there? And what would they do?

Gabe
Along that I used to do something with Logan. I've got a, oh gosh, nine year old now but something that we used to do is. You know every night, we go and we'd read books before bed, one hour. And he could always say stop reading. Which means basically wherever we're at in the story we got to shut the book and then imagine what happens from there. And so we would have like, you know, we would read the same book twenty five (25) times. Each time, having a completely different and you know parts or characters from another book would come and join in. The kids loved it. I mean, rather than just keep on doing the same thing over and over again. A little later he could just say stop reading. And which means over, it's time to imagine. And you know, he will tell the story and let it go on forever.

Constance
Definitely. And so when we visit the schools and we do speak to some of the other kids between fourth grade and middle school. We actually allow the librarian to have a writing contest, we will donate some school supplies, and we will donate a gift to that one child that they pick. And the submissions just come in and you know. I had a conversation with one of the librarians, she's like these stories are great. It was so challenging for her to actually choose just one. And you know, that's the downside of me being that one person. But that's how we all can kind of get together and help our kids to be inspired to write or whatever it is that their desire is. And so yes, one thing that we do to kind of contribute to that.

Gabe
So tell me again. Where were some of your next public readings that you're going to be said Barnes and Noble's coming up?

Constance
That's correct. We got Barnes and Noble's coming up in August. And we have Roswell northeast library and we have the Roswell library. All of these are coming up from in July. So if you go to our website, subscribe. You can definitely go ahead and get that information, we'd love to see you. We'd love for you to come and listen to our reading, share with our songs or any even the activities. Because we do have an activity at the end that kind of helps the kids to take Ladoneya home with her.

Monika
Very cool. What's the age range of most kids that generally come out?

Constance
Generally it's going to be from pre-K. to third grade. Give or take but like I said, all can enjoy. And we read the book to all.

Gabe
We’re going to tell you, it's wonderful what you're doing and what you've done this far. And I can't wait to see the nine (9) more books, to see the rest of them come out. And of course when Disney calls you and they want to …

Constance
Right.

Gabe
Then I won’t be surprised, one bit.

Constance
Oh we're definitely excited to be here. What you guys do is awesome and I definitely enjoyed myself. I hope I hope I have answered your questions.

Monika
Yeah, we appreciate you coming on. Again for those of you out there her Website is ladoneya.com. Go ahead and go on there. And sign up for the newsletter and my current Facebook as well. So. Yeah support our writers, support are our creative people. I love creative people. I don't have a creative bone, I wish. I did, I do but I don't.

Constance
I'm sure you I tell everybody that I meet, it’s in there.

Monika
I can't draw. I'm just jealous of people that can draw because I never see them. All I can do is a stick figures, it's really sad.

Constance
It is also on social media like Ladoneya. It's on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, everything is Ladoneya.

Monika
Awesome. Very cool. Well we are more about rapping about for the day. Again for those of you out there that need. Need some of our services feel free to always visit our site at, www.hirearinger.com? Or you can call it at, 404-369-0009. Anywhere from your website needs to digital marketing, which includes video production, creative content, social media management as well as software development. We do push out quite a bit as well. So thank you all for listening, have a wonderful Saturday whether it's three o'clock or seven o'clock. Depending on what time. You're listening or if you're just listening on line. Have a wonderful day.

Gabe
Thank guys and see you next week.

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