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FEATURED MOM ENTREPRENEUR:

KATHY NOLL

Author of Taking the Bully by the Horns

Tell me about yourself?

I was always creative as a child, making up stories to entertain my friends and family -- and that still holds true today. I have taken writing courses to improve my techniques and have learned a lot through observation and meditation. I love writing, and I also really love animals. My best buddy is my talented little African Grey parrot, Jewel. Everyone asks about her; she's been a hit with some of the online chats I've done. She has been featured in different bird magazines because she is quite the talker. She knows names of colors, foods, and people -- and she also enjoys dancing and singing. She's a hoot!

What do you do for fun?

Besides writing -- I live to travel; especially to warm, tropical places like the Caribbean. The Caribbean had me at hello. Or more fittingly--"hey mon." Fishermen in fuchsia canoes highlighted against the setting sun, double rainbows anointing the sea, ladies walking along sandy roads in their long colorful flowing skirts while carrying large hand-woven baskets on their heads, and flowers ablaze with more colors than a painter's palette could hold. These islands are rich not only in nature, but also in culture -- and they charm the flip flops off of me!

Tell me about your business(s) [what you sell/do/etc]?

I write books and present workshops, helping kids deal with bullying and improve self-esteem. Through personal counseling, I talk many out of suicide, helping them restore self-respect. I spend 24/7 working with parents, educators, and children's health organizations internationally. Receiving numerous requests, I help everyone, and aside from my book/video orders, I work mostly without pay. TV and radio shows call frequently for help in producing shows that are healing for victims. Handicapped children thanking me for making them feel better about themselves, and abused children saying they're no longer afraid, move me forward to continue saving children's lives every day.

How long have you been a Mom Entrepenuer?

I have been successfully researching and writing about bullying since 1996.

What made you get into the business?

When best-selling author, Dr. Jay Carter, wrote his self-help book about invalidation (adult bullying!), "Nasty People," he received many letters from readers whose lives he helped and changed. Many were parents who requested he write a children's version to help their kids/teens. After 8 years of searching for the right person to write this version of his best-selling book, he found me. He had placed an ad in the personals looking for a co-author. I sent him writing samples of my children's stories. He chose me out of about 100 people who sent him their information and writings. Dr. Carter says he feels I have an original style of writing and the ability to talk with young people on their level. He felt I was perfect for the project -- and I didn't want to let him down. So I worked on "Taking the Bully by the Horns" day and night, interviewing older and younger people on both bullying and self-esteem issues. The rest (as they say) is history. I'm proud of, and extremely grateful for, the positive results of my accomplishment. "Taking the Bully by the Horns" was written because there is a need for it. Bullying has become a very serious & timely topic. We're seeing more and more trouble with bullies in the news...everywhere. Some have driven other children to suicide and murder. Bullying has been around for as long as people have been around, but it's only been recently that we've become aware enough to do something about it.

What was biggest challenge in starting business?

Getting the word out that I'm here to help and have a lot to offer. The internet has helped immensely.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully I will always be writing and empowering people/kids. It's my passion.

What is the biggest challenge in running a business?

SEO. I was the first to tackle this topic and I used to be # 1 in the search engines but my URL has changed and so has google's game plan. The best you can do is keep your content fresh and keep networking.

What advice or inspiration can you offer those starting their own business?

Stay positive, take the action steps, and expect good things.

What motivates you?

Saving lives. I'm driven by people's genuine pleas for help within the personal stories I receive about their abused students/children. Sometimes I get angry; usually it makes me sad. But always -- I'm motivated to want to help and protect all of them. It's deeply rewarding when a child tells me things such as, "Thank you, you saved my life. I'm not afraid anymore," and "You helped me so much."

One little boy with a leg missing was getting teased at his school. He opened my book as a gift from his mother on Christmas morning and didn't put it down until he finished. He then said, "I feel a lot better about myself now; this is the best book I ever read."

This moved me to tears. This is the reason I wrote "Taking the Bully by the Horns."

Can you recommend any good resources/websites?

"Taking the Bully by the Horns," has won National Awards for "Saving Children's Lives, Making the World a Better Place, and Empowering Those in Need." This book covers the serious issues of bullying, school violence and low self-esteem. It is the children's version of Dr. Jay Carter's best-selling book, "Nasty People," and is designed to bolster the self-respect and self-esteem of both the victims and the bullies.

To order these books, videos, DVD's, or arrange a Bullying Program or Workshop, please visit: www.kathynoll.com

Taking the Bully by the Horns

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