Thursday, July 21, 2011

Interview with Author Clayton Paul Thomas

Clayton Paul Thomas has worked with kids for about 16 years from three different settings. The first was at St. Joseph Children’s Home. This was a place abused kids went after being permanently separated from their parents. Most of his parenting skills were developed here. The kids Clayton worked with ranged from ages 3 to 15.

Afterwards, Clayton became an elementary public school teacher. He taught for 7 1/2 years from 1st through 4th grade. Finally, Clayton has two boys (Cameron age 7 and Luke age 3). He has been married for 9 years to his beautiful wife Lauren. Though his parenting skills were learned at St. Joseph, his wife’s has been the inspiration to writing Tantrums, Troubles, and Treasures: A Parent Guide to Parenting in the 21st Century” and sharing insights with all of you. To her, Clayton is eternally thankful.

Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Absolutely!  I am a married stay at home father of two boys (Ages 7 and 4).  About 18 months ago, I was encouraged by my wife to write a parenting book based on my experiences with over 400 children as a residential house parent, an elementary teacher, and a father.  The book is called Tantrums, Troubles, and Treasures The website my book is sold on is also a parenting blog.  Between raising the family and writing the book/blog, it’s a small wonder I can breathe.  

Describe your desk/workspace.
Messy- but I share it with my wife.  In my ideal world, my desk would have a computer, a notebook, a pen, and some post it notes.  I am a simple man.

Do you have a favorite quote?
I use quotes to start every chapter of my book.  I don’t really have a favorite but one that comes to mind was by the tennis great Arthur Ashe. “The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight.”  I feel like that describes how I feel when working with children.   

What are you currently reading?
I read lots of parenting blogs every week.  Even though I have written a book, I feel like there’s always more to learn.  I just finished a book calledOutliers by Malcolm Gladwell.  It’s about how societal influences helped certain people reach greatness from Bill Gates to sports athletes.  

What is the best advice you've ever received?
The best advice I have ever received may have been from my wife.  Her advice is for me to “go for it.”  She’s a very positive person and those simple words motivate me.  “Go for it” tells me to give it all I’ve got and to not give up.

If you could have coffee with anyone (living or dead, real or fictional), who would it be and why?
No one because I don’t drink coffee.  Seriously though, I’d sit down with Jesus.  I’m not trying to be corny but he’s the most compelling figure that comes to mind.  

What are your top three favorite books and why?
A.  Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey.  He laid out a simple gameplan to keep my finances on track and it has worked like a charm.
B.  Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.  It’s a simple book outlining the differences between the way his “rich dad” and his “poor dad thought.  I majored in Psychology and Communications so the book struck me as fascinating.    
C.  The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver.  This book actually scared me.  It’s certainly my favorite fiction book of all time.  

What was your favorite book as a child and why?
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.  I read this book to all of my classes when I was a teacher as well. 

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I don’t know if this is quirky but I have to have a notebook that outlines general ideas of what I am going to write.  I don’t think I have ever written a blog or any part of my book without having a notebook beside me.

Do you write full-time or part-time?
Part time- my family keeps me hopping.

Could you share about any current writing projects?
Most of my time is spent marketing and writing my blog on Tuesday’s and Friday’s. There will be a second book down the line but I have only written the outline and am not in a hurry to move forward with it. 

What would be the best way for readers to contact you?
All questions can be asked at Readers can also leave comments on my blog at

Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I’d like to thank everyone for reading this interview!  I really believe all of us can become better parents.  Hopefully, my book and blog will give you some more parenting tools to add to add to your parenting toolbelt!  Please come and see me when I am in a town near you.  If you are into social media, feel free to link up with me.
            Facebook: claytonpaulthomas
            Twitter: @claylauren2001
            Linkedin: clayandlauren

Stories for Children Publishing has been touring Author Clayton Paul Thomas and his book, Tantrums, Troubles, and Treasures: A Parent Guide to Parenting in the 21st Century all month long.
You can find out more about Clayton Paul Thomas’ World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Clayton Paul Thomas and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions. Clayton Paul Thomas will be checking in throughout the tour and is offering an additional giveaway for those who leave comments throughout the tour.

In addition, come listen on demand to Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children at The hosts chatted with Clayton about his book, parenting tips, writing, the publishing industry and experiences with virtual tours. Clayton will also be sharing writing tips and trials, and tribulations of the writer’s life. The show aired live July 4, 2011.

Tantrums, Troubles, and Treasures: A Parent's Guide to Parenting in the 21st Century
Written by: Clayton Paul Thomas
ISBN Number: 978-1-257-05609-5
Publication Date: April 2011

Book Blurb:
Tantrums, Troubles, and Treasures is a book meant to help great parents become even better. The book covers a variety of topic such as presence with children, handling arguments in the home, bullying, and reflection. Each chapter starts with a quote that sets the tone and end with a small assignment to reinforce the point of the chapter. By the time the book is finished, the reader will have a lot more tools to use at their discretion in their parenting tool belt.

"This book is intended for anyone who ever wanted a helping hand with raising children. I'll caution you though. There is not one correct way to do this." ~Clayton Paul Thomas  
Book Giveaway Rules:
One entry for each comment left per author virtual blog tour stop. (Must leave a real comment about the author, tour or book. Saying “this is cool” or “I love your book” will not count.) Make sure to include your safe email so we can contact you if you are the winner. Example: vsgrenier AT storiesforchildrenpublishing DOT com.

        Ask a question – get a bonus entry per author virtual blog tour stop.

Book Giveaway ends July 31, 2011



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