Yes, Veronica, you are a girl! (Author Interview)

Can you tell us a little about Yes, Veronica, You Are a Girl!

"Yes, Veronica, You Are a Girl!" is a heartwarming children's book that follows the journey of Veronica, a young girl who questions her gender identity. Faced with confusion about her true self and societal expectations, Veronica embarks on a mission to unravel the essence of being a girl. Through her exploration, she learns that embracing her individuality and pursuing her passions are the key to understanding her identity. She learns that her gender is not defined by her interests.  With its captivating illustrations, this book encourages children to embrace authenticity, and their natural gender empowering them to forge their unique path in life.

What motivated you to write the book?

The motivation behind writing "Yes, Veronica, You Are a Girl!" stemmed from the recognition of the challenges and confusion children face regarding gender identity in today's society. Witnessing these struggles, I was inspired to create a book that would offer guidance and support to young readers. My aim was to inspire children to embrace their gender and love themselves, regardless of societal expectations. By fostering self-confidence and encouraging children to be true to who they are, I believe we can empower them to navigate their journey of self-discovery with courage and authenticity.

What age group did you write the book for?

While "Yes, Veronica, You Are a Girl!" is primarily written for children aged 5-10, I believe it can also be a valuable resource for parents to read to younger children with appropriate parental guidance. By engaging in open and age-appropriate discussions, parents can help younger children navigate topics of gender identity and self-acceptance in a supportive manner. The book's heartwarming story and beautiful illustrations provide an opportunity for parents and children to explore these important themes together, fostering understanding, empathy, and self-confidence.

Can you tell us a little about Veronica?

Veronica, the main character of "Yes, Veronica, You Are a Girl!" is a young girl who embarks on a journey of self-discovery. She grapples with confusion about her identity and questions whether she truly identifies as a girl. Veronica's curiosity leads her to explore activities that are traditionally considered "boyish," which further deepens her uncertainty. Throughout the book, Veronica's determination and courage shine as she seeks to understand the true meaning of being a girl. Along the way, she learns that embracing her authentic self and pursuing her passions are the key to finding happiness and fulfillment. Veronica's character serves as an inspiration for young readers, encouraging them to embrace their unique identities and follow their hearts.

How did you come up with the title for the book?

The title "Yes, Veronica You Are A Girl" was born out of the central theme of the book: embracing one's true identity. I wanted a title that captured the essence of self-discovery and validation. Veronica's journey reflects the broader experience many children face when questioning their gender identity, and the title encapsulates the affirmation and self-acceptance that is at the heart of the story.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Yes, Veronica, You Are a Girl?

When writing "Yes, Veronica, You Are a Girl," I encountered a few challenges that stood out. One of the main difficulties was addressing the sensitive topic of gender identity in a way that was accessible and appropriate for young readers. It was important to strike a balance between conveying the message of self-acceptance and avoiding overwhelming or confusing children. Another challenge was ensuring that the story resonated with a diverse audience, representing various experiences and backgrounds while still maintaining a relatable and engaging narrative. Through careful consideration and thoughtful revisions, I aimed to create a book that could spark meaningful conversations and promote understanding and acceptance among readers of all ages.

What do you like to do when not writing?

In addition to my work as a children's author, I also lend my voice to adults through my online magazine, Rude Redhead. Here, I explore various topics and share insightful articles, allowing me to connect with a broader audience and delve into diverse perspectives. With a multifaceted approach to storytelling, I strive to ensure that readers of all ages can find connection and meaning in my words.

When I'm not engrossed in the world of writing, I find solace and inspiration in nature. It serves as a wellspring of creativity, providing the perfect backdrop for my next literary inspiration.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Readers can find out more about my work through various platforms. I have an author page on Amazon where you can explore my published books and stay updated on any new releases. Additionally, you can visit my website at, where you'll find a dedicated page featuring my work, including articles from my online magazine, Rude Redhead. On this website, you can delve deeper into my writing journey, learn about upcoming projects, and connect with me directly. Feel free to explore these platforms and immerse yourself in the world of my books and articles.