Monday, April 16, 2018

Blog Tour - Interview with Helen Hipp, Author of Rosie and Friends: One-Of-A-Kindness @rosiethepinkhippo

Approaching life with excitement and energy, Helen works hard to help people achieve exuberance! Born in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1959, Helen is the middle child of five. Her father, whose work demanded strong problem-solving skills and mother whose interest in art, provided Helen with endless opportunities to look at things from different perspectives.

Today, Helen continues to take advantage of an imaginative mindset that creates opportunities out of obstacles. A concept she fostered in her children, one of whom has special needs. As Helen explored career opportunities, she connected her personal experiences (parenting a child with special needs) with her beliefs, professional skills, and aspirations.

Helen received her M.A. in counseling and began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on helping individuals with special needs reveal their innate ability to solve difficult situations. Inspiration and fun, is Helen’s motivation and her life’s fuel.

Helen explains her enthusiasm as, “each day is an opportunity, waiting to be shaped and here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping.”
Helen has authored articles for Family Works and Washington Family Magazine and written multiple self-help articles published by where she is viewed as an expert in her field. 
In addition to her work, Helen has written two children’s books creating a very effective way to motivate kids of all ages to meet their challenges with self-acceptance, confidence and understanding.
Her debut children’s book, A Different Kind of Safari, released in 2013 addresses the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities. Once again, the engaging safari family led by Rosie the Pink Hippo inspire, and help you see your life differently in her new book, Rosie and Friends Positively Different. With a cast characters experiencing real-life issues, her books provide children with the opportunity to identify, understand and feel supported by the characters handling of similar fears, interests, and concerns.
Rosie and Friends Helping Children to Understand That Their Uniqueness Is Not a Weakness.



Embark on a new safari with Hornsby the rhino as he comes face-to-face with losing his sense of belonging. No longer accepted by his herd, Hornsby searches for companionship. With the help of his new buddies, Hornsby learns that his life is one of a kind, and that spreading his kindness is a good way to make new friends!



Thank you for this interview!  When did you start writing?


As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

There were two pivotal events, a family vacation to Africa where my son spotted a pink hippo and the introduction to business colleague who after hearing my idea for writing a children’s book encouraged me to write. Now I am not only happy to call her my friend, but my also my editor.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

I would probably go back to Africa and spend time exploring and expanding my horizons so I would have more adventures to share with readers.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

If I had four hours I would place each hour carefully in my pocket and tell no one.
Then four times a day, I will pull from my pocket, one hour, my own personal time.
Tick-tock-tick-tock, my own personal clock, my own personal time.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

I really don’t know, but I would never rule out anything. Stay tuned!

Back to your present book, Rosie and Friends One-Of-A-Kindness, how did you publish it?

I have been self-publishing from the start and really do enjoy the creative process, but find the marketing piece to be somewhat more difficult.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

I travel many places, but my life experiences in Africa and my imagination really where my stories continue to evolve from.

Why was writing Rosie and Friends One-Of-A-Kindness so important to you?

Each book in the Rosie Adventure Series of which this is the second, is a value tale that helps children learn to appreciate themselves and others for their differences. This message is what drives my passion to write.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

My most creative time is at night when the world slows down. I believe it is because I am less clogged up with thoughts of daily tasks etc.

Any final words?

Yes, thank for the interview and interest in my books, if you would like to learn more go to

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