LOS ANGELES, December 12, 2013 — Rebecca Crownover has released her second children’s book, Texas Farm Girl. Crownover became an author after deciding to turn the death of her husband into a children’s story that could help not only her own daughter, but children from all over who have lost a parent. Rebecca Crownover took some time to speak with The Washington Times Communities recently regarding her new book, Texas Farm Girl.
Kevin Wells: Where did the idea to write this book come from?
Rebecca Crownover: I’m a farmer by profession and so, that’s what I do full time. I’m part of the family business up in the Texas Panhandle. After my first book, I wanted to do something more along the lines of my profession. That’s why I wanted to tackle a farm book. And I didn’t want to just put another entertaining farm book on the shelf for kids to read. I wanted to do something unique and different. It’s educational, in a sense, on how farming is in the Texas Panhandle, but also has a lot of life lessons in it. And then it is also inspiring to children, at the same time has some good talking points for parents for their kids.
KW: What do you want children to take away from this book?
RC: I want them to be able to learn a little bit about farming in the Texas Panhandle, about farming in general. I want them to know that life lesson here is for them to learn that family is more important over the material things in life. In the story, there’s a tornado that comes and hits the farm and tears up the barn and sprinkler and corn crop. You can replace those things. You can’t replace the people that you love. That’s important for kids to take that away.
KW: How was writing Texas Farm Girl different from your first book?
RC: The first book was so emotional and dealt with areal deep subject for kids that lost a parent. That book I’ll promote the rest of my life. It’s a very special one to my heart, but also it helped a lot of kids who lost a parent. That one is so different and that one is based on our own tragedy, but this is the complete opposite. The difference is just that this appeals to more children across the board versus a select group of kids. I wanted to impact kids across the board versus just one select group.
KW: Did you find this book to be easier to write?
RC: It was a lot easier. It wasn’t as emotional as the first book. I did tribute this book to my grandfather because he did pass away last year and he’s the one I wrote the book about, but it was more fun and entertaining to write it versus dealing with a deep emotional subject.
KW: There is a tornado in the book, growing up in the Texas Panhandle, did you experience a lot of tornadoes?
RC: We do. On an annual basis, we probably have one or two. Growing up, I didn’t really deal with anything traumatic, in terms of what you think on national television. About five or six years ago, we did have a tornado that ripped through and did do what my book said. It tore the roof off the barn, tore up a sprinkler and tore up our crop. So, it does happen from time to time.
KW: Are there plans to start working on a next book?
RC: Yes. I’m working on a series of Texas Farm Girl books. So, I’ll continue to do that. I’m continuing to work on those. And I want to still write them where they’re entertaining to children, but they’re gonna provide a life lesson, using farming as the vehicle to give that life lesson to kids and be entertaining, as well.