King, 74, publishes first book

Degree paves way for King to publish book

To publish books on psychology an author needs credibility.

Dorothy King of Hervey Bay didn’t have that so she completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in psychology at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

On 16 May 2015, the 74-year-old former secretary will proudly don an academic gown and mortarboard to receive her Undergraduate degree at Maryborough’s Brolga Theatre.

The following Tuesday, the children’s book she wrote more than 10 years ago will be launched at the Hervey Bay Library.

In her book titled There is No Such Thing as a Bad Child, Mrs King uses shadow puppets to guide young children through cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) activities.

“My book teaches them basic skills such as ‘Who makes me angry? Who makes me sad? Who makes me happy? Who makes me glad?’” Mrs King said.

“The answer of course is ‘I do’ but that can be difficult for children to understand. By using the puppets they can accept it better.

“My book also teaches children there’s no such thing as a bad child, only a child who does good and bad things.”

King’s writing journey started 65 years ago

Mrs King said her first book was the result of her writing journey that started almost 65 years ago.

“I wrote my first story when I was 10 years old. It was a love story where the girl proposed to a man.

“My parents laughed so that was the end of my writing for many years.

“During my 21 years as a Girl Guide leader, I developed the principles of Hooty Owl and Judge Teddy.

“The Guide association didn’t take it up so I put the idea aside until a few years later when I was doing CBT classes for depression and anxiety with a university professor of psychology.

“After introducing my Hooty Owl character to him, he was so impressed that he practically begged me to write the book because there was nothing else out there for little kids.

“I took up the challenge and wrote the book but couldn’t get it published because I didn’t have credibility.

“The knowledge I had was from my own life experiences and delving into the subject because it interested me.

“So I came to USQ six years ago and started a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in psychology, which I’ve just finished.

“I have another book for teenagers with a different concept in the proof stage.”

Originally from Brisbane, Mrs King moved to Hervey Bay about 14 years ago after spending most of her married life moving locations with her husband who was in the Australian Army.


Photo: Dorothy King, 74, is fitted by USQ’s Stephanie Bayley for the academic robe she will wear at her graduation in Maryborough on 16 May 2015.

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