2006-06-02 / Community

Former Resident Finds Success As Children's Author

By Roseanne Honan

Children's author and former Belle Harbor resident Nancy S. Mure continues to add to her list of published works, which include, "The Pizza Man and the Parrots," "Massimo's Meatballs," and "The Caterpillar That Wouldn't Change." One of the newest of Mure's five published works is her Rockaway-inspired book, "The Really Jealous Jimmy Crab."

Mure, who now resides in Brooklyn, draws on several themes for her children's stories, each conveying different messages for positive growth and values for children. "The Really Jealous Jimmy Crab" deals with the concept of karma, as a cranky crab, Jimmy Beetles, steals an ocean pearl on the bottom of the ocean near Rockaway Beach. As the story unfolds, the crab learns a valuable lesson: that his selfish actions hurt others as well as himself.

While the books are intended for children aged four and above, Mure hopes that the themes expressed in her stories will entertain anyone, even adults. The many layers of meaning can reach different ages, which is an appealing aspect to Mure's literary approach. "The stories are really ageless, with many levels of meaning," said Mure.

Although containing a magical allure, the stories are also grounded in their practical ideas for everyday life. Much like Aesop's fables, the characters in Mure's books learn important moral lessons that are timeless. "I believe that children who value themselves make better choices. I'd like to see a world where children grow up with self-respect, self-esteem and believe that they are deserving of good things," she said.

Born in Brooklyn to an Italian-American family, Mure did not always pursue writing. She earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology from Hunter College and worked for many years at Citicorp in Human Resources.

With the death of her father in the late nineties, Mure found herself drawn to the literary world. Her first venture into writing, "Papa in the Sky," is a story of two children learning about the power and importance of remembering departed loved ones. It touches on themes of heaven, cherished memories and love. The story was a creative outlet for Mure, as it allowed her to express her own sense of sadness and loss. It became a great therapeutic tool to write her feelings and "Papa in the Sky" conveys ideas that could help many other children and families dealing with the concept of death. The book was published in May of 2006 through Synergebooks.

Mure's books are offered on CD-ROM (Vertical Media) and E-Book Formats that are read digitally on computers, laptops or devices called ebook readers; they are also published in more traditional hardcover editions.

It's a natural transition to merge books and technology, as society moves towards a fast paced existence where children are more than proficient on the computer. Mure finds "many children spend their time behind a computer, which discourages reading. To keep up with today's high-tech world, books on CD-ROM encourage children to read differently, on their own computer screens, but the most important thing is that they are reading!"

This type of computer reading also helps children with learning disabilities; the vibrant illustrations on the computer stimulate and encourage a child's love of reading. "It offers a different way, or another way, to read. It's alive and illustrated," said Mure.

Mure is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), a networking community of writers, publishers, illustrators and educators. She continues to write through the inspiration she finds all around her, everyday life with her two children, her heritage as an Italian American, and the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Rockaway. Mure's books are available at www.SynergEbooks. com and through Mure's own website, www.nancysmure.com.

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