My name is Ciara L. Hill, I am a licensed child and family therapist in Washington, DC, a National Board-Certified Counselor and a Human Services- Board Certified Practitioner. I am a proud HBCU alumna of Delaware State University, where I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology. I also have a graduate degree in Community Counseling. Once a traveling “military brat” due to my father’s enlistment in the US Army, I was introduced early on to different cultures and the importance of embracing diversity.
Whats the meaning behind my book title Shiloh and Dande the Lion?
Shiloh ultimately means peace, and Shiloh is also my sons name. The dandelion flower symbolizes many things, to include getting your wishes fulfilled and joy. But something else that’s very important about a dandelion flower is that it represents overcoming challenges.
Therefore, when I put the words Shiloh and Dande the Lion together (while breaking up the word dandelion), it means a boy seeking peace, while overcoming challenges, after making a wish.
I felt that it was imperative to write a longer children’s book like Shiloh and Dande the Lion (that went against what industry standards said was the “norm”). While presenting my story in a way that a child could relate to, as they receive prompts from their parents, teachers, and counselors etc.
To be able to leave a legacy behind for my son Shiloh, was also one of the many motivating factors behind my story. I want my son to be able to read Shiloh and Dande the Lion with pride and be able to say, “my mother dedicated this book to me, to inspire me and others, to overcome any type of adversity that life brings”.