I am the son of an incredible mother. Inspired by her life's work, I decided to share her inspiring story. I knew there had to be many others equally inspired, so I sought them out and they graciously shared their beautiful stories.
Tuyu Ma is my pen. It’s the tongue and cheek phonetic spelling of “to you, ma,” and I created it to embody the reverence children hold for their mothers. The inspiration came when I noticed many children dedicating their work and accomplishments to their mothers. In short, Tuyu Ma represents the deep thank you all of us owe to you.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my book can be distilled into two words, mother inspired. I wanted to share the story of how my mother inspired me to move back home so I could effectively retire her. I did because I witnessed her quality of life deteriorating quickly from serious injuries while working as a laborer at a poultry factory. Putting her into retirement was my number one dream I had written down in February, 2007. I achieved this dream 5 years later, in December of 2012.
The title, 'Mom, The Root of My Inspiration,' came about when I tried to describe my rationale for the decisions that led me back home to care for my mother. It was because of her. I knew there were other special mothers out there so I had to elicit the stories from children that have been equally inspired by their mothers.
So, this book was created to celebrate you, the mothers of the world. After reading the stories from all the contributors, I realized from their mother's impact, that there’s not much we can do to ever repay you. My hope is that this book of inspiring stories of you will be received as a small, small token of our deep gratitude.
Tell us the meaning behind your pen name?
It’s the tongue and cheek phonetic spelling of “to you, ma,” and I created it to embody the reverence children hold for their mothers. The inspiration came when I noticed, through articles and media, children dedicating their work and accomplishments to their mothers. In short, Tuyu Ma represents the deep thank you all of us children owe to each and every one of you.