In honor of Mother's Day and National Moms Night Out, an official celebration of Moms held tonight, we are turning the spotlight on one of our favorite local vendors; mom, author and entrepreneur, Deanna Novak. Her first book, My Heritage Book, is a beautifully illustrated and uniquely personalized keepsake for children. We are sure you will find her as engaging and inspiring as we do. And as a special treat, she will provide a special 20% off discount and graciously sign every book ordered by our City Living Baby clients and readers. To place your order go to www.MyHeritageBook.com and include the Coupon Code: citylivingbaby. Thank you Deanna for this special offer and Happy Mother's Day!
- Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am the mother of two beautiful children – Samantha (6) and Nicholas (3). My husband, Scott, and I recently celebrated our 10 year anniversary on a wonderful trip to Italy. I am originally from New York, but have been in South Florida since the early 90s. I was a practicing tax attorney prior to starting my own business, but have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I love learning about the countries of our world through the research for My Heritage Book and enjoy spending free time with my family, reading, writing, and traveling. I am also on the Board of Directors for the Fort Lauderdale/Broward Chapter of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners).
- Why did you write this book?
I have always wanted to be a writer and have been interested in heritage for just as long. When my daughter was born, I felt a need to teach her about her own unique heritage from both sides of her family. I searched for a book to help me do that, to no avail. I then developed the idea for My Heritage Book.
- What inspires you?
My daughter inspired me to write this book. Both of my children inspire me to give my best each and every day in everything that I do.
- Do you have a favorite culture or custom?
I am 100% Italian and proud of it! One tradition that sticks out in my mind is that every Sunday, we cook macaroni, meatballs, and sauce for a big family dinner. Growing up, I would wake up every Sunday morning smelling sauce and meatballs, and hearing Italian music. It reminded me of how wonderful and important families are and made me remember our roots. I loved it and still do! I continue the tradition today in my own family.
- How do you share it with your children?
I share this experience with my children today by continuing this tradition every Sunday. They help me make meatballs, listen to Italian music, and set the table for everyone coming to dinner!
- What would you like to do next?
With regard to my business, we plan on adding a cd with music from the countries to the book by the end of the year. I also plan on launching my 2nd book within the next 12 months. Personally, I plan on living life to the fullest and continuing to show my children that you can do anything you set your mind to!