Marcy M. Pusey loves her family, exploring the world, reading, the ocean, and looking for castles to visit. She also loves writing stories that encourage and inspire others. Marcy is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and the best-selling author of Reclaiming Hope: Overcoming the Challenges of Parenting Foster and Adopted Children for adults, and Tercules, According to Corban, and Speranza’s Sweater for children. Marcy lives in the Black Forest of Germany with her husband and children. Marcy blogs inspirationally about her work, writing, and other resources at www.marcypusey.com.
What lead you to become a writer?
My first pivotal moment of writing took place when I was 7 or 8 years old at the local Boys and Girls Club. For a time, I grew up in a single-parent home and my family was on welfare. The Boys and Girls Club was having a persuasive essay contest in which the writer had to describe why they should win tickets to the circus. I won the contest and was able to bring my family to the circus. This was the first time that I was able to provide for them through writing. Not only does writing allow me to provide but it is also how I process the world and different experiences. I write to offer hope and encouragement to other people who are going through similar things.
What motivated you to start writing children’s books?
I am an author for both children and adults. My children’s books were written before my adult books but were published after them. I started with children’s writing because, although it may sound silly, I love children’s books. I love the combination between art and text in children’s books. It may sound cliche but children are our future and knowing that we have the power to influence their thinking, offer encouragement, and inspire new thinking at a young age is something that I don’t take lightly.
My adult book is titled Reclaiming Hope, Overcoming the Challenges of Parenting Foster and Adopted Children. My other children’s books include According to Corban,Tercules, and Speranza’s Sweater. The Spanish translation of Speranza’s Sweater is available now!
Why did you make adoption a focal point in Speranza’s Sweater?
Speranza’s Sweater was the first picture book I wrote before I began writing professionally. My husband and I were foster parents and adopted two of our foster care children so I am personally familiar with those experiences. Professionally, I have degrees in Social Work and Counseling and work therapeutically and professionally with children in the foster care system. Speranza’s Sweater is a result of my professional and personal experiences combining. When writing the story, it was my hope to give children the permission to feel all the feelings that come with living between homes. I wanted to provide safety for them.
Are you working on any upcoming projects?
I have another adult book in the works. The book focuses on attachment disorder and is written from both a mom and professional’s point of view. I also have a memoir coming out in January. In addition, there are lots of picture books that are done being written but in the process of being published.
Our foster care story:
Our first born, who is now 11 years old, was 3 months old when our first foster child moved in. He was eight years old at the time. We adopted him and he is now 19 years old. A month after he came to live with us, we had two other foster children move in—ages 13 years and 3 months. Then, our then 8 year old’s two younger siblings came to live with us for a month. Afterwards, his older sibling who was 15 at the time came to live with us too. My husband is a teacher. He had a student in both 2nd and 3rd grade. During a parent teacher conference, the foster parent for this student came in and disclosed that she was moving and needed to find new placement for the student. My husband informed her that he was a registered foster care parent. We ended up adopting our then 8 year old daughter. She is now 18 years old. A month after we adopted her, our youngest daughter who is now 9 years old, was born. This was a busy 20 month period for our growing family!
We have lived in Germany for the past 6 years but are currently back in the States. We have our four children here for the next year but will be returning to Germany with the younger children while the older adult children continue their lives here.
As a family, we love to play board games and travel. We are a creative family—my husband being an artist. We are a family of readers, we all love to read and write. My youngest children are writing their own books and they will be published soon!