Friday, September 25, 2015

Interview with j.E. Wright, author of The Sexualization of America's Kids

Title: The Sexualization of America's Kid's
Author: J.E. Wright
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 176
Genre: Parenting
Format: Kindle/Paperback 

Currently, kids are being hyper-sexualized by the exploding provocativeness in the media. Parents can develop the skills to recognize these subtle influences and the knowledge to counteract and do something about it. In The Sexualization of America's Kids, Mr. Wright draws on his 22 years as a therapist, working with over 1,000 kids and their families, to demonstrate how this provocativeness affects our kids. He uses their stories to discuss how kids fall prey to these negative presentations, and he recommends Seven Ways to Raise Sexually Healthy Children and Teenagers.   

Mr. Wright's use of dialogued role-plays and actual case examples shows parents when and how to appropriately communicate on sexual issues with their different aged kids. His caring and concrete approach makes this book a necessity for all parents who are raising kids today.

Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what do you listen to?

I only listen to the sounds of nature outside my sunroom patio door, which includes birds, wind, and the rain.

Do you have any suggestions for upcoming writers?

Be confident in your ideas and thoughts and always write in the mornings.

What is it you like to do when you are not reading and writing?

I really enjoy spending time with my adult daughter and son, our grandkids, and my wife traveling. I also exercise every day and typically race in two or three triathlons a summer.

Is there an author or authors that have inspired you?

I have really enjoyed Jamaica Kincade because her writing takes you to a different world. Almost dreamlike. I also enjoy many adventure writers and their quest to survive in nature.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I  always wanted to be a missionary in Africa.  I even considered joining the Christian Brothers at one time in my young life. However, falling in love with my wife, having our own children, and becoming a therapist change most of that for the better.

How do you react to a bad review of your book?

It is usually difficult because it affects me on two levels. One, it hurts personally. And two,  it makes me question my research and professionalism. Of course, both of these reactions lead to personal and professional growth.

The Sexualization of America's Kids is available for purchase at  


J. E. Wright has been a therapist for 27 years,having obtained his graduate degree from the University of Chicago. He has worked with over 1,000 children and teenagers and their families. He is a husband and father, and he presents workshops on childhood issues, parenting adolescents, and sexuality. He is a foster parent trainer and has several published articles.  

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