Kim Hix, Author of: No One is Perfect and YOU are a Great Kid
About the Author:
Kim Hix is a native of Columbia SC. She graduated Lander University with a BS in Psychology 1988. She worked at various capacities at Marshall Pickens Hospital in Greenville SC from 1990 until 2004. She is now employed part time by Greenville Hospital System as a Patient Family Liaison (Advocate) and also as a part time personal trainer for Sportsclub Simpsonville. She has been Married 15 years to Doug Hix and have two children Zack 12(dx OCD, Tourettes Disorder Spectrum, and PANDAS) and Kelsie, 8, a real girly girl! She currently reside in Simpsonville SC with her family and 3 dogs.
“My name is Kim Hix and I am the mother of a very special young boy who struggles with emotional difficulties. He has experienced an array of moods from an early age, which include rages, depression, anxiety, and drastic mood shifts. In our journey to find help, we’ve encountered many specialists and interesting people. During this time, my son dealt with feeling different from his peers, isolated, and at times, rejected. My son would express to me that he felt no one understood him and that he was the only kid in the world with these problems. What started out as a project to help my son, cultivated a desire to let other kids and parents know that they are NOT alone. In fact, millions of children are suffering with mental illness, neuropsychiatric disorders, and behavior disorders. They long to be accepted, to be normal, and just fit in. They suffer, and we, the parents, suffer all the while our hearts are breaking.
“This is why I wrote a book for Zack and kids like him, who struggle with feelings of being different. It is my hope that this story will offer some measure of comfort and belonging to the children who read it.”
Synopsis: No One is Perfect and YOU are a Great Kid is a lovely book written about Zack, a young boy who struggles daily with ever changing moods. He tries to understand why he gets very sad, upset, discouraged and angry in response to what most would consider insignificant events. Zack often feels different, left out, and isolated due to his moods. He poses thought provoking questions to his audience that can spur some meaningful conversation.
This book will touch your heart and anyone who has a special child in their life who struggles with any degree of emotional, behavioral, or psychiatric disorder.
Winner of Best Children’s Book for ages 6 and under, Reader Views Award for 2007 Annual Literary Awards
To purchase No One is Perfect and You are a Great Kid, please visit Amazon.com.
Genre: Children’s Nonfiction/Special Needs
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Interview by: Mary Jo Campbell
Kim: I choose to think someone or something bigger than me pushed me into the field of mental health, knowing I would really need that information some day. My first job out of college was at a Psychiatric hospital, so that experience and especially the professional contacts I made were a wealth of help as we began this journey. I knew from a very early age that something was wrong. Zack was not diagnosed with PANDAS until 2007, by a specialist, and once I began to read more about it things really made sense. He developed Tics and Tourettes disorder in 2006, after a strep infection.
MJC: As a parent, this is a very sensitive and personal topic. At what point did you decide this book needed to be written and did Zack ask to be involved in the writing or editing process, since it’s told from a child’s point of view?
Kim: It is sensitive, and so many people are uncomfortable talking about mental illness, especially in children, but I have always felt that this is nothing we should be ashamed of. If his disabilities were of an obvious physical nature, or diabetic or something like that then there is not shame, why is there shame if your illness is of your mind, thoughts or behavior? There is shame because the behavior is usually so extreme, so outside the “socially accepted”. I know my child does not choose to behave or react in such an extreme way when upset, frustrated or anxious, yet he is treated like a bad, mean boy by strangers and peers, simply because they do not know him or what he is dealing with internally. Yes, his behavior has caused a great deal of stress for us all, embarrassment (especially in public). If you love a child suffering with a behavioral or mental illness you know all too well the chaos that is ever present in your home and life. The book was easy, simply conversations we have had after various difficult and upsetting situations he has encountered. Zack has always struggled with feeling different, knowing that his rages, mood swings and anxiety are not what other kids deal with on a daily basis. He often asks why me? Why am I like this? Why do I have these problems? Why did GOD make me like this? All very difficult questions to answer.
MJC: You’re a married mom of two with two part-time jobs. How did you find the time to write this book? What was the time line, from idea to publication?
Kim: I am embarrassed to say the story came very quickly. We were playing in the playroom, he had an “episode” of becoming overly upset, angry, raging over a very minor thing, our of frustration, then once he was calm he began asking, again, why am I like this? Why am I different? No one else has these problems, why are the other kids in class perfect? I had the whole story written in about 30 minutes. I have recently gone back and added some about the Tourettes, which surfaced after the book was written.
MJC: Congratulations on winning the Best Children’s Book for ages 6 and under, Reader Views Award for 2007 Annual Literary Awards. How wonderful to win an award from the very readers you wanted to reach with this book. Can you tell us how your book was nominated and how you felt upon receiving the good news?
Kim: The publishing agent from Booksurge suggested I enter the contest, there are many categories you can enter in and I chose this particular category that targets the younger readers. It was fun to hear our book was picked.
MJC: No One is Perfect and YOU are a Great Kid is a children’s book to bring understanding and comfort to the children that read it. Do you have any plans to write an adult book on this topic from a mom’s perspective?
Kim: I have thought about it, but if I write another book, and I already have the title (it’s a secret) it would be from the perspective of the sibling who lives with a brother or sister with a disability. My daughter has struggled to a great extent in her own life just living in a home that is so chaotic, being taken to as many as 5 doctor appointments a week with her brother, many hours in waiting rooms, many plans ruined because “he’s not stable”. The trauma of watching him throw things, cry, scream, hit himself, it has caused a very strained relationship between the two of them. He is a very loving, caring, HUGE hearted boy who wants so much for his sister to love him back, and at this time she is still very angry about her life, even though she knows these things are out of his control. It is tough on everyone.
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