Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome author Maria Bostian to the Inspired Prompt. Maria is a 15+ year veteran of the fire service and a Fire and Life Safety Educator with a passion for all things safety related. This passion has helped her write two fire safety picture books with the hopes of many more books to come.
Good morning, Maria.
Can you describe yourself in three words?
Maria: Friendly, Outgoing, and Loyal
Wonderful characteristics 🙂
Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?
Maria: Back to Puerto Rico because I visited there right before Hurricane Maria and was amazed at how friendly and full-of-life the people were.
I’d love to revisit and find inspiration for a few “gems” (story ideas) and just start writing. I can see it now: I’m sitting in a comfy lounge chair on a quiet beach (with sunscreen, sunglasses, and floppy hat for sun protection), under a palm tree that is stretched out trying to touch the surface of the water and the [good] ideas are flowing like melting ice cream in the afternoon heat!
Sounds wonderful! Next…
If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?
Maria: Oh, it’s too hard to pick just one. “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” by Randy Newman, or my older sister’s would say, “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?” by Richard Rodgers.
How funny! And love the song choices 🙂 Now just one more…
Tell us a little about the work you do with fire safety and how our children can be safer when they trick or treat.
Maria: I have the very best job in the fire service (or so I think). I work for a municipal fire department as their Fire & Life Safety Educator teaching injury prevention to preschool and elementary students, conducting safety programs for adults, and assisting with safety device installations such as working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
I’m in the process of writing my 3rd injury prevention-related chapter book which contains Halloween safety information (Folks, be on the lookout for the Fraidy Brady series with Ambassador International.) but, I’ll be glad to share my three most important Halloween safety tips with your audience.
- Children, Don’t ever, ever, ever, ever go Trick-or-Treating alone. Go with family members or a small group of friends and ALWAYS make sure that an adult is near-by. You just don’t ever know what can happen and it’s best to have the adult close-by if needed.
- Wear a costume that is made of flame-retardant materials and avoid contact with candles or other open flames. [If you are decorating for Halloween, use battery operated candles instead of open flame. This will keep you and your Trick-or-Treaters safer.]
- If you are going to be out at dusk or after dark, make sure that you are highly visible (carry a flashlight, have reflective material on your costume or shoes, walk in well-lit areas, etc.) and ONLY cross the street at crosswalks or other designated areas.
Thanks for sharing these tips, and for letting us interview you today.
Readers, Maria will give away a signed copy of both of her books, and also a pig hand puppet. Just send us a picture of your cat or dog dressed for Halloween with a clever caption to be entered into a drawing.
Firefighters are busy! They have many tasks to do each day including washing, waxing, shining the truck, cleaning the gear, getting rid of the muck. In Firefighters Busy Day!, children can see the jobs firefighters do before, during, and after a fire call. Through the use of movement written into the text, they can even help firefighters get their jobs done.
Young children can pretend to be busy firefighters, too, by trying some of the exciting fire safety activities included such as a fire truck parade or a firefighter-themed meal. These activities are sure to turn everyday learning into firefighter fun. Grab your gear, jump on the truck, and ride along with firefighters helping in the community
Maria Bostian is a 15+ year veteran of the fire service and a Fire and Life Safety Educator with a passion for all things safety related! This passion has helped her write two fire safety picture books with the hopes of many more books to come.
Maria’s debut picture book, What Should Daisy Do?, was released with Ambassador International in 2014 and her second book, Firefighters’ Busy Day, followed in 2016.
Earlier this year, Bostian began a series of injury prevention-related early chapter books with her beloved kitten, Fraidy Brady. The series will be published by Ambassador International and will begin in 2019.
When Maria has a little free time and she isn’t teaching others how to be safe, she can be found writing under a pecan tree, walking with the world’s sweetest mutts, or cruising around town in search of the next great picture book idea.
What do you like to do in your free time? Catch up with Bostian on social and let her know. She may incorporate it into an upcoming story!
Want ideas for safety lessons, crafts, school projects, and holidays? Then you’ll want to follow her safety-related Pinterest.