Seneca Falls-based author Amy McMahon is launching her first children’s book this month. Full of mischievous dinosaur characters, “The Jungle of Jojee” was written with the intention of encouraging young children to see how kindness is contagious, and that listening to their parents is important! Ms. McMahon was born and raised in Syracuse, attending LeMoyne College for her Bachelor’s degree. She received her Master’s degree from Boston College and has lived and worked internationally for over twenty years, always returning to the central New York area as her home-base. As a professional archeologist, a classroom teacher, a school principal and most recently a tour guide, she has developed strong storytelling skills that engage and energize listeners. She regularly shares her adventures through her blogs and articles on travel websites.
Ms. McMahon regularly finds inspiration for her writings from real life experiences. This new book is no exception. Her young godson was having difficulty being kind to his baby sister and was not listening well to his mother. The story of “The Jungle of Jojee” was originally an effort to use the boy’s love of dinosaurs as a motivation to behave better. Her soon to be released second book, “The Princess Sisters” was written as a gift to her own sister’s little girls, who always amaze her with their creative problem-solving skills. And the book “Always, and from Everywhere” (slated for release Summer 2019) was born out of the numerous ‘hellos’ and ‘goodbyes’ being shared with all of her loved ones as she traveled around the globe.
“The Jungle of Jojee” is currently available on Amazon as a softcover print, ebook and audio book. However, it will also be available for a special discounted price at the St. Francis-St. Claire’s Christmas Craft Show, taking place on November 17 (8:00am-2:00pm, 35 Center Street in Waterloo). Ms. McMahon is also offering free “Meet the Author” Skype sessions for classrooms and community groups who have her books in their libraries. She can be contacted directly through her website www.AmyMcMahonBooks.com , or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.