Author’s Digest welcomes Dr. Nicole Audet to our contributor community! Nicole’s children’s book, Parents for Sale, has been racking up an impressive list of awards and honorable mentions, and we’re thrilled that she could talk with us about her self-publishing journey.
Nicole, please tell us about yourself.
My journey as a writer began in correlation with my career as a family medical doctor. I was always fascinated by picture books, and the dream of becoming an author has always been tucked away in a safe place since childhood. After reading Dr. Jacques Ferron’s tales and novels, I knew I wanted to be an author as well as a doctor. My education and aspirations were dedicated to these two fields.
While avidly pursuing my medical career, I also wrote numerous medical articles and books and became Editor-in-Chief of the French medical magazine, Le Médecin Du Québec. I have also been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul of Quebecers and the Canadian Medical magazine with my stories and articles regarding health (including Tears Test, The Power of Listening, and Accomplice to the Last Breath). Accomplice to the Last Breath is a very special article that I hold dear to my heart because it is about the last night of my daughter-in-law dying of lung cancer.
During these medical writing endeavors, the bridge to children’s books was built with a strong foundation. I have published several French children’s books so far and have received many national and international awards for literacy. My mother, who I give thanks to in my book, has always loved my stories. Being a mother myself, my family has enjoyed, learned and grown through children literacy. We’ve had many adventures together through reading. Reading and writing open the door to inspire children, parents (and all adults), while promoting the use of the imagination, having fun, and learning valuable lessons to help make better decisions.
Children are in the development stage, and literature is the key to positive development. It’s my mission, through literacy, to guide them with positive messages that promote responsible behavior and critical thinking. I believe one of the life’s most valuable lessons for parents to teach children is the importance and appreciation of reading. It’s critical for parents to encourage their children to read as much as possible.