Julia tells us a little more about her NEW release in this special five question interview:
Your first published book was a vegan-themed children’s book, how did this new book, specific for parents, come about?
Since the time my son started eating solids, I would share them on social media and get quite a few curious comment about what he ate. One of those times, a fellow vegan on my Facebook left a comment last year saying that she hoped I would help her with what to feed her baby once the time came. At that moment, I decided that I would do it for her and for every parent out there that might need a little nudge, support, or help. I know we are all overtired with very little time once a little one arrives, so if I could use my skills as a researcher and do this to help others while helping nonhumans, as well, I would.
However, something deeper also inspired me to use my experience as a vegan, scientist, and now mother of two. I want to help parents rise above the dangerous pseudoscience that now abounds on social media, and I want to help give parents the tools they need to raise happy, healthy little vegans.
Is this book only for vegans?
Not at all. This is for anyone that needs a little help with finding the right direction in feeding their babies and toddlers a plant based diet. I read once that a possible reason more parents don’t go vegan or raise their kids vegan is because they genuinely might think that veganism is unhealthy for children. Therefore, one of the aims of this guide is to break down negative preconceived ideas about feeding children plant based diets and help families with young ones take the leap towards embracing a vegan life.
You also illustrated the cover and the images inside. Tell us more about those.
This is part of an illustration that I made of my oldest son and I when he was about 18 months, so it has special meaning to me. I thought that a drawn cover illustration would make the guide more personal and hopefully, depict how much love (I know it sounds tacky, but it’s true!) went into every aspect of creating this guide.
What do you hope to accomplish with this new book?
I hope to break down dietary myths, help parents become more evidence aware, and to reassure them, as well as inspire them to embrace plant based diets for their families as part of a commitment towards veganism.
I purposely made this guide short and to the point because I am well aware that with babies and toddlers, every minute of every day is precious, yet it is filled with evidence based tools to feed babies and toddlers. Above all, it is dietician approved, so you can feel secure about starting your little ones off of their own ethical vegan journey.
How does this book fit in with Sanctuary Publisher’s mission?
I made a commitment to myself to use my artistic abilities to raise the voices of the most marginalized. In addition to helping to guide families towards less harm of other living beings, I am excited to announce that a portion of the money made from guides sold will go towards the amazing, woman of color founded organization, Chilis on Wheels. The organization works hard to feed homeless people and those that need a little help each day.
Thank you for your support and for helping in spreading the word!