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Victoria Marin on Tapping into Hidden Talents and Pursuing One’s Dreams

Xlibris published author Victoria Marin graduated from New York University in 1995 with a degree in Occupational Therapy. Early in her career she taught at Rockland Community College and went on to join the faculty of Dominican College where she held positions on the Metropolitan Occupational Therapy Education Council and the Professional Advisory Council.

A stay-at-home mom to five children, Marin completed an academic program in creative writing and children’s literature. Her book Aiden’s Waltz was published in February of this year. The book follows a young school boy with Autism. Aiden, the book’s central character, draws on his inner strength to endure bullying from his classmates. It provides a first-person narrative of one boy’s struggles to find his ability and overcome the physical, social and emotional challenges through the art of ballroom dancing.

“As an Occupational Therapist and a mother of a child with special needs, I know the loneliness felt by a child who is excluded from activities and made to feel “different” from his peers. This first hand experience has led me to write a children’s book about the effects of bullying on a child in a manner which is informative and easy to understand,” the author revealed.

Aiden’s Waltz is loosely based on the author’s son and his childhood experience. “As a parent, I saw his long face and hurt feelings as children mocked his attempts to participate in recreational activities. I observed his courage as he encountered individuals who underestimated his ability. I admired his bright approach to each day despite knowing he would be facing criticism and harsh comments. My book is a tribute to his resolve and overall accomplishments.”

The public’s reactions to the author’s book have been encouraging. Recently, Marin participated in a read aloud program for third graders in the author’s local school district. The author noted how students were visibly engaged in the story. “With all young people knowing at least one child with special needs, the theme is one which touches their heart” Marin observed.

“Third grade teachers suggested that Aiden’s Waltz could be utilized as a teaching tool to express the impact of bullying. Members of a local church which holds a service for children with special needs invited me to attend a service with my family. The head of the program was impressed with the tenderness with which this delicate and sensitive topic is approached.”

Asked about the major insights and surprises she learned about selling her own book, Marin cites how she quickly learned the art of self-promotion, self-transformation and marketing, despite coming from a healthcare background.

“By crafting a creative query letter which I modified to suit the topic of each media request, I secured many radio and internet outlet interviews. Through participating in free webinars and seminars, I learned how to deliver short yet powerful statements which delivered a poignant message”.

“By practicing my pitch to anyone who would listen, I perfected my ability to book interviews and photo sessions. My local newspaper sent a photographer to my home and featured me and my book on the front page of the Arts & Entertainment section. I can be found as an expert contributor on pocketgreens.com and giggia.com. All of my efforts led to me being selected as Today’s Honoree for April 11, 2012 on the Derrick Hayes’ website. Another effective tool has been social media and using its power to deliver an abundance of information in a short amount of time. In addition to my book, I have written several articles which are scheduled for publication in the coming months”.

Asked about what message she would like to impart to her readers, Marin declared, “I wish to share that all individuals, given the opportunities and support, possess talents and are capable of achieving success … tap into your hidden talents and pursue your dream!”

Aiden’s Waltz is available on the Xlibris Bookstore.