Local author creates "Magnetic" children's books in cyberspace

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2001

It all began with a dream Sharon Hackleman had a year ago when she was studying about universal laws of attractions. "Basically, we are all like magnets, and we attract what we think about. So I thought it would be really cool to teach kids how to use their own magnetic power of thought," said Hackleman whose first cyberbook "Marion the Magnet's First Mission" is now available on the Internet.


"Marion is a magnet from the planet Magneto who travels to the planet earth with his grandfather and his dog Polar to teach children about their own power of thought," explained Hackleman.


Local illustrator John Blair Moore designed the animated magnet and characters of Marion's adventures that can be seen on the web at www.marionthemagnet.com.


"We even have a magnetic thinker of the week. Children send in their stories about using magnetic thought and I choose the best story and put their picture on the website and they get a prize of their choice," added Hackleman. Sharon will be enrolling in the American Institute of Holistic Theology to further her studies of holistic childcare which focuses on treating the body, mind, and spirit of a child. She currently is working on a book to teach teenagers how to create the life experience they want free of drugs.

Plans for a game board and further adventures of her Marion the Magnet character are also underway and scheduled for release before Christmas time. Although Sharon has already had inquiries from publishers, she has decided to self publish her books and materials over the Internet to keep the costs of the books affordable.

Sharon lives in Soldotna with her husband Kent, and two daughters, Cherie 18, and Rachael, 14. Her first book is presently available for $3.95 directly at her website at www.marionthemagnet.com.

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