Hey guys. Today is my stop on the blog tour for Mummy Wears Blue Shoes by Scott Furlong and I am bringing you a guest post. Enjoy!
Mummy Wears Blue Shoes by Scott Furlong
Genre: Picture Book
Published by: Clink Street Publishing
Release date: 15/09/2020
Where to find: Goodreads | Amazon
Summary: Emily is five-years-old. She wears pink ballerina shoes and wants to be a ballerina when she grows up.
Emily’s mummy and daddy are both special police officers called detectives. Lately, Emily has noticed that her mummy hasn’t been spending time with her. She has stopped taking her to dancing lessons and her older brother, Jackson, to his rugby lessons. One night, Emily sees her mummy crying on the sofa being comforted by her daddy. At a family meeting Emily learns that her mummy is poorly with something that the doctor calls Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Mummy Wears Blue Shoes is a heart-warming story about a family who are living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is a story written about a family, for families by a family, by author Scott Furlong with illustrated by his cousin Emma Cahill.
Why did you decide to write this book?
I first developed the idea for ‘Mummy Wears Blue Shoes’, around 2010,2011, when my wife who was also a detective, was going through the acute period of her PTSD. Our son was about 3 or 4 years old at the time and I had to try to frame a conversation around the changed family dynamics in a delicate way he would understand. I looked for books but really could only find psychology type books that explained to the parent how a child would react and deal with a family living with PTSD. I found it hard to find a way to at least start the conversation with him.
I was originally diagnosed with PTSD in about 2005. But, like it or not there is a stigma associated with PTSD and psychological trauma, and because I was passionate about my job as a detective, I soldiered on not realising the damage I was doing to myself and my family. In 2019, buckled under the weight of it all and I crashed. Again, I was looking for a way to engage the topic with my son. Now a teenager and having gone through it with his mum, we were able to have a more warts and all conversation with him about PTSD and its effects. Again though, I couldn’t find any books from an emergency services point of view detailing how a family lives with PTSD. So, I decided this time, I would write the book.
My hope is that ‘Mummy Wears Blue Shoes’, provides comfort to those families who are living with PTSD or have a family member living with PTSD. I wanted to write story, told in a delicate way, that provides reassurance to families that they are not alone, that it is alright to speak about how you are feeling and to ask for help if you need it and remove the stigma of living with PTSD. I wanted the story to be told in a way that wouldn’t traumatise the family but be a comfort. Whilst the story is of a police family, the message is identifiable for any family living with PTDS.
When you write about something that is so personal to you, you become very protective of the message of the story. So, when it came to illustrating the story, I wanted someone I knew and trusted, someone who would take as much care with the creation of the characters as I had with the story. It was exciting working with my cousin, Emma. She is so talented and starting out as an illustrator. She really embraced the intent of story and put personality into the illustrations so they aren’t just characters, they are people and are very relatable which is so important to connect the reader with the message.
A delicate story warmly illustrated, ‘Mummy Wears Blue Shoes’, is a story about a family for families by a family. I feel so privileged to be able to share with readers a sense of compassion and hope.
Scott Furlong resides in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on a 10-acre equine property. He medically retired from the Queensland Police Service after 20 years’ service with PTSD and Depression in December 2019. He was a detective for 18 years and worked in Homicide, Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Task Force, Organised Crime and Officer in Charge of a Criminal Investigation Branch. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Law and a Masters of Professional Studies (Research). His love of learning didn’t develop until he was in his early 40s. Scott’s wife was also a detective and worked in child protection. In 2011, she also medically retired from QPS with PTSD. They have one son who is 14 years old. Scott has a great love for reading and writing. He also loves cooking and sports.
MUMMY WEARS BLUE SHOES is Scott’s debut novel.