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    Kristin Barnes, Author Of Children's Book 'Haysoos The Honu', Now Appearing On The Children’s Authors Show

    Maryland children’s book author Kristin Barnes is now appearing on The Children’s Authors Show radio. In her interview she discusses her latest release, ‘Haysoos the Honu’. Haysoos the Honu is a Hawaiian sea turtle. He loves the company of other sea creatures, but he feels different from the fish, eels, and manta rays. His bulky shell slows him down, and his lungs mean he has to interrupt playtime to surface for air. Haysoos believes that being different is a bad thing, until he meets a special friend who shows him just how special it is to be different.

    “I wrote this children’s book,” Barnes stated, “to share a message of self-acceptance to both children and adults with a character pulled from my own life to whom all age groups can relate. Sea turtles are amazing creatures to begin with; Haysoos' personality mixes well with his physical attributes to effectively communicate the idea that we are perfect the way we are made - it's our perspective that changes everything and makes life the joyful experience it should be.”

    Kristin Barnes understands what it means to be different. She made history as the first female aircrew to report to the F14 community in 1993 and spent the rest of her flying career as the sole female aviator in her squadrons. Kristin experienced first-hand the challenges of fitting into a male-dominated culture. Shared with children through an age-appropriate story, Haysoos is a simple yet compelling demonstration of Kristin’s real-life experiences.

    "Children will benefit from reading Haysoos' story,” Barnes continued, “by seeing his perspective on life transform throughout the story. Through his example, they too can see that their talents, gifts and abilities are truly unique and worthy of appreciation. We are each special in our own way when we embrace those characteristics that define as well as differentiate us."

    Kristin Barnes’ interview is now running at The Children’s Authors Show. Kristen is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at haysoos_honu@yahoo.com. ‘Haysoos The Honu’ is available at Amazon, Books-A-Million and Barnes and Noble. More information is available at Barnes’ website.

    About Kristin Barnes:

    A native of Vermilion, Ohio Kristin Barnes is a Commander in the U.S. Navy serving as an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. She began her military career with a commission from the Naval Academy in 1992 and spent the next 16 years training, flying and deploying to combat zones as an F-14 Tomcat aircrew. She made history as the first female aircrew to report to the F14 community in 1993 and spent the rest of her flying career as the sole female aviator in her squadrons.

    Kristin is a decorated combat veteran with flights logged over Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In 2006 she was assigned to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for three years, which is the impetus for 'Haysoos, the Honu'. While on assignment to the Middle East in 2009, the seed of a story featuring Haysoos the sea turtle that began in Hawaii grew into a reality. The story was self-published by Mascot Books of Herndon, VA in March of 2012.

    Kristin will retire from active service in 2015 with the hopes of sharing more adventures of Haysoos in the years to come. She lives in Arnold, MD with her dog, The Big Lebowski.
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