“G’day folks, Today, I interview a multi-talented author from California. Welcome, Peggy …” Hearing Clancy Turner describe me as multi-talented was both flattering and confusing.
I wrote one book, “The Pulling, Climbing, Falling Down Tale of Maui and His Back Legs”. And actually Maui had a great story, so I just wrote it down for him. Maui was my cat and he created his own amazing tale by learning how to regain the use of his paralyzed back legs. So when a friend started writing a children’s book, I decided to do the same and tell Maui’s story. I struggled with writing, but loved drawing pictures for the book. When Clancy asked to interview me, I could not pass up the opportunity, since Maui can’t speak for himself.
I’ve always been fascinated by the brain and applied a lot of what I read about neuroscience when I treated psychiatric patients. I recognized that Maui was using brain plasticity to help him recover. But I was writing his story with my then 5 year old granddaughter in mind. So I didn’t put in the neuroscience. But Maui’s story seemed a perfect introduction to perseverance, hope and healing.
Here’s the link to the interview. Please take a look. I would love to hear what you think. How did I do as Maui’s surrogate?
P.S. I’m delighted by many comments from people all over the world about “The Pulling, Climbing, Falling Down Tale of Maui and His Back Legs” and happy that Maui’s tale (pun intended) is reaching beyond Lucy.
“As a behavioral pediatrician, I see many children with a variety of difficulties. It can be hard to persist when you are having a bad day. However, I think the story of Maui and the will to continue to try, not give up on what he truly enjoys can be a wonderful conversation starter for children facing adversity. I will recommend this book to my families in clinic.” Nerissa Bauer, M.D., Behavioral pediatrician, Consultant, Blogger, Carmel, Indiana
“I read the story of Maui. It is touchy and inspiring. Though being a cat, Maui was determined, to resolve her back leg problem with continuous & renewed hope. And the Pictorials were so lively, pleasant and explanatory. These type of stories are good for Children, parents must make a habit of them read inspiring stories, which has fun and moral, which is Determination.” Anil Kumar Morathoti, Senior Social Worker-Child/Student Welfare, Education Development. State Coordinator, India
“You had one strong, courageous cat there! The story is great to read, and inspiring to say the least. It does go to show us the power of the mind, and how we all possess the power of healing, ourselves and others. It comes with courage, belief, perseverance, hope, and most of all love and passion for life. I applaud you for your determination but most of all for your vision of Maui walking again.” Paul Del Sordo, Special Needs Inclusion Coordinator
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Clancy Tucker in Laos
Clancy Tucker writes young adult fiction for reluctant readers but has also achieved success as a poet and photographer. Clancy has lived in four countries, speaks three languages, has photography accepted and published in books in the USA (Innocent Dreams, Endless Journeys & A Trip Down Memory Lane), used as covers for magazines (‘The Australian Writer’ – 2008 & ‘Victorian Writer – 2008), has work registered with the International Library of Photography, published in literary magazines and he’s written more than 90 short stories.
Storyteller, Author, Publisher, Photographer, Human Rights Activist, Social Justice Campaigner and sometime poet