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Your Own Kind of Beautiful is the first book in my new series titled Walking With Grace. It tells the story of best friends, Daisy & Grace who are from two different cultures but share a beautiful friendship. The best friends have many commonalities but the key difference is their hair: Daisy is Black and Grace is Dominican and we know how we are about our hair- even as children! In the book, we explore the topic of finding beauty from within and the message is one that encourages young readers to embrace the beauty of diversity and embrace their unique set of traits because truthfully, the characteristics we dislike the most about ourselves are usually the very same qualities that others admire. It's the ideal book for mothers to share with their young daughters as they begin to navigate the often bumpy road to self-discovery.
I've been working with children for 27 years; the last 18 have been in a high school. I work with young girls every day and it's amazingly sad to see how many of them lack self-esteem and strength of character. By the time they reach high school, the foundation has been set and it's harder to change their minds and redirect them. We lose a lot of them to bad relationships, underachievement and poor decision making because they don't know their potential and greatness! I knew if I wanted to make a difference I would have to go back and be a part of their foundation; hence children's books. Diverse characters was a no brainer for me! As an avid reader since childhood, I knew there was a serious lack of diverse character books. I didn't have the opportunity to read about kids who looked like me, so I decided to be part of the solution. Children of color need to see more positive reflections of themselves in print because representation really does matter!
ACCOMPLISHMENTS / ACCOLADES / AWARDS:
Success as an author for me is all of the feedback I receive from children and their parents about how my book is affecting them positively. When someone tells me my book is their child's favorite or I see a child on social media dressed as one of my characters for character day, that's a success. The entrepreneurial me considers being on the positive side of zero a success. But seriously, there are so many awesome children's books and authors out there, so sustaining in the industry is a definite sign of success.
BE ENCOURAGED! Do your homework, hone your craft and surround yourself with people who've already traveled your path. Don't be afraid of failure; it sharpens and humbles you and makes success so much sweeter. Set realistic goals and expectations and above all, be honest with yourself! Before investing in people to help with the publishing process, make sure they are qualified and have good references because there are a lot of predatory “experts” out there! Oh! And ask questions; lots of questions!
There is a really awesome quote by Erma Bombeck that has become my mantra! It states, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me”. Above everything else, I am a servant of God. I believe in giving of myself, but I've recently learned the hard way that I must make myself a priority in my pursuit of service. I try not to overload my plate and while I love helping people, I don’t take on any jobs that I do not feel as if I can give 110%. There was a time when I didn’t know how to decline, but after a few instances of burnout, I learned that NO is a complete sentence.
Please feel free to reach me via my website, www.tamaratheauthor.com. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can purchase my books on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and through my website.