Playing Book Trivia with Michael Dow, Author of the Children's Book NURSE FLORENCE, WHAT ARE EMOTIONS?


It’s time to play Book Trivia!
Periodically, we scour the Internet for interesting authors who would like to play Book Trivia with us.  By answering our book trivia questions, we get to learn things about the author no one else knows!  So, let’s get ready…let’s play…Book Trivia!

Today our guest author is Michael Dow, author of the children's book, Nurse Florence, What Are Emotions?.

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In the movie Castaway, if Tom Hanks unearthed a copy of Nurse Florence, What Are Emotions?, how would that help Tom find a way off the island?

There is a page where Nurse Florence discusses that thinking about happy memories when you feel down can improve your mood.  The Castaway character kind of did this by looking at his girlfriend’s picture at night many times.  Maybe using mindfulness and maintaining a positive mood would have helped him come up with the idea to create a make-shift raft sooner to escape the island and return to his girlfriend before she married (thinking he was dead).

Everyone knows Miley Cyrus is the wild child in the music business.  But she read your book and wants to let you know that it changed her life for the better.  Why did your book give Miley a new lease on life?

The book teaches a person’s brain is responsible for creating their emotional experience.  Miley would learn that they are responsible for how they react and feel, not others.  Learning this can empower someone be their best self and realize their potential.

You are being pulled over for speeding. When the officer asks you for your license and you discover you left it at home, you decide to pull out your book instead. What do you tell the officer?

“Sir, I wrote this book and I’d like to give it to you for your children to read.  The book teaches how are brain creates emotions which your children will love.  If you give me the ticket, then it will be a great enough input to my brain to make me feel sad.  Could you please give me a warning so I can go home happy to my family?”

You have a chance to appear on the hit talent show for authors, American Book Idol, and the mighty judges will determine whether your book will make it to Hollywood and become a big screenplay.  What would impress them more – your book cover, an excerpt or your best review – and why?

The book covers for all the books are standardized and I acknowledge are not absolutely amazing.  I like standardization which I learned in the US Air Force, so I chose to create the series like that.  An excerpt from the book may cause a feeling of “That’s interesting”, but probably not be an effective pitch.  I would instead give them a Booklife review that we have received on some of the books that are outstanding with great grades at the bottom.  I would need to tell them that about how important it is to get a good Booklife review for a small publisher and hope that hooks them.  I would also like to tell them that I have basic plans in my mind for Marvel-style Nurse Florence universe live action series that could help our society evolve to the next level.

A homeless man was caught stealing your book out of a bookstore. When asked why he did it, he opened the book and pointed a passage out. What was that passage?

The Dedication Page.  He might say, “I was impressed that the series is dedicated to the great Florence Nightingale and anything in her honor is worth reading.”

Finally, you just got word that your book has received the 2013 NY Times Bestselling Book Award and you have to attend the ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan.  Anyone who’s anyone will be there and it’s your shot for stardom.  On stage, you must give an acceptance speech.  What would you say and who would you thank?

I would like to thank the Wonderful Creator for giving me the gift of writing.  I would like to thank my wife for her continued and overwhelming support to create the series.  I would like to thank my parents for instilling a strong work ethic which helped produce the passion for the project.  I would like to thank the US Air Force for leadership and teamwork training.  I would like to thank the University of Arizona for its outstanding education and training to be a good nurse.  I would like to thank my kids for reading every book and giving constructive feedback to make them better.


Michael Stephen Dow is married to Perla in Arizona and has 3 kids.  Michael was on a path to attend medical school and then the events of September 11, 2001 occurred.  Michael became angry at the terrorists and decided to join the US Air Force.  He went through Officer Training School and then graduated specialized Navigator training to become an Electronic Warfare Officer.  Michael deployed 6 times for the Global War on Terror between 2005 and 2009 with the EC-130H Compass Call mission.  Michael medically retired in 2010 and then became an US Army contractor serving Wounded Warriors and ensuring they received all of their entitled benefits for 8 years.  Michael always had a love for science and the human body so he then used his GI bill to go through nursing school and graduated in August 2020.  Michael now works as a Registered Nurse at an inpatient psychiatric hospital.  Michael’s education is as follows: B.A. in Psychology from Auburn University in 1999, B.S. in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2001, M.S. in Management from Troy University in 2010, Masters in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2017, and M.S. from the University of Arizona in 2020 through its 15 month accelerated Masters Entry to the Profession of Nursing program.  Michael is the Founder and Manager of Dow Creative Enterprises, LLC.  His books have garnered the Silver Nautilus Book award in 2020 (Nurse Florence, Help I’m Bleeding) and an Award-Winning Finalist in the Religion category for the 2021 International Book Awards (A Prayer to Our Father in the Heavens: Possibly the Greatest Jewish Prayer of All Time).  Michael believes we will need the best of science and religion to successfully navigate ourselves, our civilization, through the future obstacles we will face.  More information can be found at and  Nurse Florence® is a federally registered trademark by Dow Creative Enterprises.  The Nurse Florence® series seeks to promote science and health among children and to help increase the health literacy levels of our society.  With teamwork, inclusion, faith and perseverance, we can bravely face our problems and help each other reach our better selves as well as our best collective good.

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Sometimes it seems only a nurse can bring technical information down to an understanding that an ordinary person can grasp.  The Nurse Florence® book series provides high quality medical information that even a child can grasp.  By introducing young kids to correct terminology and science concepts at an early age, we can help increase our children’s health literacy level as well as help to prepare them for courses and jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  We need more scientists so I hope that many children will enjoy this book series and consider a job involving science.

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