We had the good fortune of connecting with Cameron / Kathy Dunn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cameron / Kathy, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Our most important principle is love. Love is a powerful influence that overcomes all boundaries and embraces so many qualities. It embraces kindness, compassion, empathy, honesty, and integrity. Love is the feeling, the spirit, that power that ascends us to our highest self. As a daily practice love lets us relate with what other people are experiencing or hardships they may be living through. We try to understand the internal struggles others may have and often find similar grounds. We do this to engage in compassion for others. It offers us an understanding of how we may extend kindness to others even if we are feeling frustrated or having a difficult time. Love teaches us these traits. Love teaches us to appreciate ourselves. Love teaches us to appreciate other qualities. Love teaches us to follow our dreams. Love drives our imagination. Love has given us room to grow. It has encouraged us to create children’s books. It has been a support in our family. Encouraging each other to find the practices that bring us enjoyment and feed our souls. Living in love is a practice we do every day. We wouldn’t be who we are without each other, without love. Love is what we wish to share with other people. We love you!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We write children’s books. Our first series is about a noodle named Waza ka Woodle, pronounced (Wuhzuh kuh Woodle) that goes on adventures with his friends. We currently have three Waza books out and more in the works. We are currently working on a book called Imagine. “Reveal.” We also have some other books we are working on that are not Waza related. Be sure to keep an eye out for Imagine. Our books are short, sweet, and rhyme. Having a musical background and a love for playing with words gives our books their creative flare, so don’t compare. I would never say that it was easy to get where we are or that it will be easy moving forward. We have struggled at times, with writing, with the art, with the choices. The creative process is a process of self growth and we all grow at our own pace. Putting these books together has been a learning experience. It has been our teacher in many ways. We are more prepared and more creative because of it. And, more willing to express ourselves through the media. We want others to find joy in reading with thier children and share those precious moments as your children become whole adults. We want children to be entertained, learn and use thier imagination and resourcefulness to find thier own creative paths.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
So many wonderful things to do in the Phoenix area. We would have to go rollerskating one day. Who can pass up a cool skate rink in the hot summer? It’s great. And of course, we would have to visit a nearby river to wade in the water and float around. Perhaps the Verde or Salt River. We love trails! Take the top off the jeep and let’s make our way to Sedona to see the famed Red Rock. We can take a dirt trail to catch views that most won’t. On the way back we can stop right outside of Phoenix to check out the stars. When the weather cools off in the valley, hiking and mountain biking is a must.
Our love of music, as mentioned, always brings us to one of the local venues for concerts. Of course, we have to grab some food before the show. One of our favorite places to eat is Loving Hut. A great vegan restaurant. Or maybe you prefer fusion. Chino Bandido is a mouth-watering favorite. Arizona is legendary for its Mexican food so we would be sure to stop by a taco shop. But if the doesn’t hit your taste buds there is a blend of foods from cultures all around the globe.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Our daughter Lily was our initial inspiration for writing these children’s books. She came to us when she was three years of age. Although some of our books had been a forethought prior to her, she gave us the inspiration to begin our journey. Through reading to Lily we discovered that we could create children’s books. To see others illustrations and writings allowed us space to begin. Our daughter Katy, one of our muses inspired Waza Ka Woodle and the Keyboardist. Her love for music was an inspiration for this edition. Watching our children grow and be creative has given us the courage to move forward and let the artistic journey shape us.