Authors Sara E Williams PhD and Scott Stoll and cake sculpture

About the Authors

Sara E. Williams, PhD, is a licensed clinical child psychologist who specializes in assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with chronic health conditions. Dr. Williams has coauthored multiple research studies, chapters, and a book on cognitive-behavioral treatment of chronic pain syndromes. She is inspired every day by the hope and optimism displayed by the children she works with and sees the power of dreaming in providing children with the motivation to overcome the biggest obstacles. Her childhood dream to become a children’s author was realized with the publication of this book!

Scott Stoll asked himself a question: “If I could do anything, what would I do?” His answer resulted in a quest for happiness around the world on a bicycle (32,344 miles, 4 years, 59 countries, 6 continents). Since coming home, Scott has continued living his dream by spreading his message of finding happiness through writing books and working with kids of all ages, including being an artist-in-residence and inspirational speaker. He has also been honored to be named the Cultural Ambassador to Argentina by the U.S. Department of State and has received the Hosteling International’s “Spirit of Adventure Award,” among other distinctions including a best-selling and award-winning book about his journey. Read more about Scott and his bicycle ride around the world on his website.

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Partners

Of course, we couldn’t have done it by ourselves. We owe our thanks to literally thousands of people included in our evidence-based study, a dozen psychologists that vetted our project, the team of experts at Magination Press, and many more like Cincinnati Public Schools, most of whom wish to remain behind the scenes.

Treating Somatic Symptoms in Children and Adolescents by Sara E. Williams and Nicole E. Zahka
Treating Somatic Symptoms in Children and Adolescents by Sara E. Williams and Nicole E. Zahka
Mirabella the Monarch's Magical Migration book cover.
Mirabella the Monarch's Magical Migration by Scott Stoll and Parker Woods Montessori.

Why we do what we do

Because it’s our dream, and we love it. Does that sound too obvious? Well, the long story is…
We like to think of ourselves as the psychologist and cycle-ologist dream team because we love to inspire people and see the sparkle in their eyes when they discover their wondrous dreams. However, we realized that though a lot of kids were inspired by Sara’s profession as a child psychologist and Scott’s bicycle trip around the world, the kids didn’t know how to effectively channel that inspiration into their own dream; so, our goal was to create a measurable way for people of all ages to develop hope, curiosity and inspiration in their lives, and then focus that into a new dream and potentially a new reality — thus the “Dream It! Playbook” was born. We truly believe the world will be an awesome place if everyone has the chance to live the life of their dreams.

Interview with the publisher and authors

Sara is a child psychologist, and Scott is an author and graphic designer. Together, they wrote Dream It: A Playbook to Spark Your Awesomeness. Scott drew all of the illustrations by hand. They both love traveling and inspiring others to take adventures — they believe that encouraging children to dream is the best adventure of all! Read the rest of the story on the Magination Press website.
Scott and Sara seeing the total solar eclipse 2017. The most amazing moment of our lives!
This photo was taken during the 2017 total solar eclipse. We’ve traveled the world and this was the most amazing 2 minutes and 40 seconds of our lives — that’s no exaggeration!
Questions include:
  • What books have you written?
  • What’s your writing process?
  • How do you decide what topics to write on?
  • What do you do when you’re not writing books?
  • What children’s book made the most of an impact on you growing up?
  • Any advice for new authors?
  • What is the topic of your newest book about?
  • Who is the book’s audience?
  • What inspired you to write this book?
  • What’s your favorite story from making this book?
  • What made you want to publish with Magination?
  • How did you draw the pictures?
Show some love to our publisher and visit their website to read the story.