Benny and the Basketball Bully by David L. Watkins

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Benny is an 11-year old who is constantly picked on by 13-year old Jimmy, whose basketball skills Benny admires. Benny is embarrassed in front of his friends and younger siblings as Jimmy teases him about his clothes, his talk and his eating habits. When Jimmy crosses the line and insults Benny’s faith, Benny gets the courage to take a Basketball Bullystand.

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Interview with David L. Watkins

When did you realize you had a book (or some books) inside you?
I realized that I wanted to write books (particularly children’s books) when I was in my 20s. However, it was not until my wife gave me a nudge at 55 that I took my gift seriously. I have finished five books and have published two.

Why is the theme of this project important?
My theme, which is incorporated in the Growing Up Series, is to “do good” If youngsters can enjoy the books and get the message to be thoughtful, kind, strong and caring, then the books will have done their job.

Quite frankly,we need to emphasize the teaching of our children…our future, if there is to be any hope for the human race.

What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?
I learned that I often interject myself or a reflection of myself into the stories. I also discovered that my “first mind” should be followed when it comes to my writing ideas.

How do you find time to write?
I am a full-time postal employee and an active member of three organizations. I also participate in church functions. I have a wife, an elderly mother, two brothers and other family.

I really don’t know how I find the time – I just do it.

If you could work on a writing project with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be? Why?
I would love to work with Lewis Gordon, the noted philosopher and educator. He is a brilliant scholar and writer. I plan to return to school and finish my degree (I need 20 hours) in philosophy. Dr. Gordon has already agreed to help me with philosophical studies.

About David L. Watkins

Mr.Watkins is from Detroit, Michigan. He is a writer, poet and illustrator and is a member of two writers’ groups. Watkins serves on the advisory board for WINGS, a women’s support organization. He and his wife, Linda, created the Growing Up Series of children’s books. Each book will tell an entertaining story which contains a valuable lesson.

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Makasha Dorsey is an award-winning author, motivational speaker and public relations professional. Her personal essay Diary of an Aspie Mom is included in The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster). She blogs about being a writer, mother, wife, woman and Christian over at a wife in progress and has written for Absolute Write, The Midwest Book Review, Snaps1000Words, The Daily Times Leader, and ModVive Magazine. You can purchase a copy of her book First Family Secrets on

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