Interview with Sneha Sabu

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Sneha Sabu is the author of the children’s safety book, Stay Safe with Ruby and Reuben.

As we enter back into the real world, children need to be reintroduced to some concepts that they may have forgotten or missed in virtual school. As a teacher, I know there were a lot of social skills taught within the curriculum, but also in selected times as social skills. Studying, group work and even school assemblies would help educate children in this area. Now, as parents and teachers, we may have to do some catching up in this regard. This can be done with read-alouds or even assigning books as reading group assignments. For home school, looking for books to teach important social skills are often by word of mouth or teacher reading lists.

I was lucky to find a wonderful children’s interactive safety book called Stay Safe with Ruby and Reuben. It’s written by the author, Sneha Sabu. She has worked with international NGOs, and has written more than twenty-five stories for children. Her recent release goes over difficult topics to discuss with children, but necessary to maintain safety for them. The book includes the topics of bad and good touches, traveling safe to and from school, safe sleepovers, and secret codes for protection. I was able to have a discussion with Sneha about her favorite reading memories as a child, her favorite author infleunces, and what projects she has in store for us.

  • What is your favorite memory from reading as a child?

Sneha Sabu: As a child, I read comic books. I grew up reading books such as Balarama and Poompatta written in Malayalam, my mother tongue. Even as an adult, I still love reading Balarama. I began reading Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and other mysteries as a teenager. Books such as Balarama helped the child in me visualize the unseen animal kingdom on par with the humans. The visual imagery the reading evoked made me an Alice in Wonderland.

  • Who was your favorite author and how did they influence you?

Sneha Sabu: I love J.K. Rowling. Her life demonstrates patience and resilience. I am influenced by what J.K. Rowling achieved as an author in life’s most challenging and uncertain times.

  • Do you have a writing routine? Share what works for you.

Sneha Sabu: I do not have a writing routine. I have my highs and lows in writing. I used to write regularly in the younger years of my career. Over time, with life routine and circumstances changes, I stopped writing for almost a decade. One fine day, I had a very emotional and heartbreaking moment. The situation did not change, but kept recurring in different forms. When I reached a point where I could not bounce back quickly, I decided to write. I wrote day and night until all the stress and emotions were translated into a draft of crime fiction. Ever since, my writing has been revived. I decided to write at least a couple of times a month. That is my new routine. When I have writer’s block, I take a break to have a fresh perspective.

  • What subjects would you like to write about in future projects?

Sneha Sabu: I would like to write in all genres. My book, Stay Safe with Ruby and Reuben, is a child safety book for children. However, I am working on a collection of poems now. In addition, I would like to experiment with motivational books and crime fiction.

  • What is writing to you in one sentence?

Sneha Sabu: Writing is an expression of my creative and exploratory experiments and the things I want to do, influence, and revive from the lost pages of my mind.

Book Blurb For Stay Safe with Ruby and Reuben:

Stay Safe with Ruby and Reuben is an interactive child safety book written to create awareness among children on issues such as good and bad touches, how to be safe in school, how to be safe while going and coming back from school, safe sleepovers and secret codes are critical to protecting children. This book covers the above issues in an easy to read format for children. Profit from sales will be used to fund not for profits working to protect children from child sexual abuse and to print additional copies for children who cannot afford to buy the book.

Stay Safe with Ruby and Reuben is available at Amazon.com.

For more information on Sneha Sabu, please visit her website at snehasabu.com.

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