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Marion the Magnet's author drawn to writing book for kids

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2002

Sharon Hackleman of Soldotna took her own advice about the power of positive thinking when she wrote and self-published her book, "Marion the Magnet's First Mission."

The book is about utilizing the power of magnetic thought, the idea that thinking about something attracts it like a magnet. Thinking negatively can attract bad situations just as thinking positively can make wishes come true, Hackleman said.

In the book, Marion the Magnet goes on a mission to Earth to teach people about the power of magnetic thinking with his phrase, "It's easy as 1, 2, 3, think it to be!"

Hackleman lives in Soldotna with her husband, Kent, and her daughters Cherie, 19, and Rachel, 15. Eight years ago Hackleman decided she wanted to make a change in her life so she began reading about and applying to her life the philosophy of positive thinking.

After having success with the philosophy in her own life, Hackleman created the character of Marion to teach the idea to children.

"I just came up with it," she said. "I wanted to teach this to kids, that they can get what they want by thinking about it. It's so easy to teach this to kids because they haven't had much negative thought yet. They're not programmed."

Hackleman began writing the book two years ago and researched on the Internet how to publish it. The book came out last month and, so far, the response to it has been exceeding Hackleman's expectations.

"Kids love it," she said. "Plus they get it, and that's the most important thing."

Hackleman is doing all the promotion and selling for her book, which can be a challenge, she said. Some of the bigger stores would hardly give her the time of day since she was a new author, so she got creative and sold the book to vendors that supply the stores she wanted to get the book in.

Currently, "Marion the Magnet's First Mission" is available at River City Books in Soldotna, The Bookstore in Homer, and online at Amazon.com. The book also was picked up by The News Group in Anchorage so it will be sold at retail chains like Carrs, Safeway and Fred Meyer throughout Alaska.

The book has its own Web site as well, www.marionthemagnet.com, where Marion fans can purchase the book, learn more about the power of magnetic thinking and submit their own "magnetic" success stories. Each week one submission is chosen and rewarded with a music CD of the submitter's choice.

Hackleman is enjoying her new role as author and spokesperson for magnetic thinking, especially her interaction with children.

"It's exciting teaching the kids and watching their faces light up," she said. "It's very fulfilling getting magnetic stories in my e-mail. I just click with kids. I relate very well with them."

Hackleman wants to become a counselor for children and plans to enroll in the American Institute of Holistic Theology over the Internet.

Marion fans can expect several more missions, as well. Hackleman already has written her next book, "Marion the Magnet and the Fearful Bully," which is due out in June. Upcoming books will deal with issues relevant to kids, Hackleman said, like dealing with divorce, avoiding drugs and how not to attract bullies.

"I want to teach them how to change their minds and deal with their issues and be happy," she said. "It's easy to get sucked into negative thought when you live in it. I want to teach them how to get out of it."

Hackleman will have a book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at River City Books in Soldotna.



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