Author Interview: Kevin Troupe
Book Title and Subtitle: Strength to Care - Reflections for Parents of Children with Complex Medical and Special Needs
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a husband to Theresa, father to five children, two of whom have special needs. I am master to Q, Luigi and Ty (the dogs, when they listen). I love spending time with my family, fixing things my destructive boys break, problem solving to keep them safe and when I am not writing or speaking about our journey of raising two special needs boys I enjoy hunting, fishing and creating things in the garage workshop with my kids.
What is one of your favorite positive sayings or quotes?
The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It's not about the circumstances, but rather about what you are made of.
Who or What inspired you to start writing this book?
At first I started to write and blog about our journey and the funny and hurtful things that have happened along the way to help people who are on a similar path. What I have found though is that when you reach out to help others it puts your own struggles into perspective and helps me just as much.
What three words would you use to describe this book?
Inspiring, True, Helpful
Who is your target group for this book?
Parents, grandparents, siblings or caregivers in general of those who are medically challenged or have other special needs.
Tell us about this book.
Strength to Care - Reflections for Parents of Children with Complex Medical and Special Needs is a collection of blog entries over a five year period that are centrally themed around a hospital stay, a surgery or just plain old "life is really hard right now". It is a look into our family journey of raising one, now two children with a rare genetic disorder called CHARGE Syndrome. Although we experience many joys and sorrows it is our hope that as you read about some of our struggles and how we have overcome them you are encouraged along your journey.
Do you have a favorite chapter from this book?
Our Two Special Needs Kids Have Wrecked Our Lives (note: it is not what you may be thinking).
What do you hope people will gain from reading this book?
If you have days when you do not have the strength to continue "caring" you are not alone. There are many who are on a similar path as yours and it is okay to have days when you do not feel like caring. This book will help you through those days.
Is your book in Print, ebook or both?
Strength to Care - Reflections for Parents of Children with Complex Medical and Special Needs is available in both print and digital formats.
What advice would you give to other Writers?
Write. You can always go back and edit, move and refine your words. But, you have to write and start putting your thoughts down to be a writer.
Tell us the link where potential readers can buy this book.
Any additional links?
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your world.