"When Ben started showing a passion for writing, I started looking for an after-school writing program to develop his talent, but I couldn't find many. That's when I realized that our society rewards many other children’s activities. Sports have games throughout the year, certificates for the best players, and medals at the end of the season. If your child loves dancing or playing an instrument, you can enroll at a dance studio or you can easily find music lessons with competitions and concerts in the end of the year. These children are being trained, are improving their talents, and somehow getting recognized and rewarded. There is nothing like this for children who love to write. In 2015 I decided to publish his first book, 'Weirdo' , as Ben’s reward and recognition for writing. It was like giving him his certificate, his medal. Ben hasn't stopped writing since and Spies Publishing was born the following year."
Renata Spies, Ben's mum.