Q: First tell us something about yourself?
I am a mom to a funny, bright, kind, caring, and beautiful 20-month little girl. I enjoy writing, reading, exercising, baking, cooking, and spending quality time with family and friends, as well as taking nature walks and adventurous trips to zoos, museums, beaches, and parks.
Q: How and when did your journey start as a writer?
My writing journey began after I discovered my love for reading books as a kid. As a teenager I would write poetry as a form of self-expression, having always enjoyed diving into a good book. Reading a book always felt like I was going on an adventure into someone else’s shoes, in which I could learn, understand and/ or glean in from someone else’s point of view.
Q: When did you write your first story? Is it published or not?
I decided to write my first children’s picture book “Diva Magic” in 2020, before self-publishing it in April 2021. My second children’s picture book “The Divatastic Be’s,” A Girls Guidebook to STEM careers, was written in July 2021 and will be released in fall 2021.
Q: Tell us something more about your books?
“Diva Magic” and the soon-to-be-released “Divatastic Be’s,” A girl’s guidebook to STEM careers, offers an engaging insight into how to improve self-esteem and learn self-awareness, as well as delving into non-traditional career choice options. A compelling, beautifully illustrated book to build confident girls, this riveting tale explores all-important elementary school topics, from friendships to goal-getting, providing a must-have toolkit of empowerment. “Diva Magic” and “The Divatastic Be’s” are books that will inspire, encourage, and serve as a reminder to girls that they can choose to be their best self every day, DARING by trying something new, INSPIRED by kindness, VICTORIOUS by keeping a positive attitude, and AWESOME by having respect for herself and others.
Q: Why do you choose kids as your reader? Is a specific reason?
My decision to write children’s books stems from my innate passion for empowering youths to grow into confident, responsible, and focused adults. Working as a mentor, coach, teaching assistant, and volunteer within an after-school program served as a reminder that all children are valuable, amazing, and awesome.
Q: How did these stories and characters come to your mind?
The characters starred in my books are reflective of the diverse friendships I developed as a kid, as well as the varied groups of girls that I had the honor of mentoring while attending the
D.I.V.A’s (Determined, Inspired, Victorious, Awesome) Club, which I founded in 2015. The club focuses on helping girls between the ages of 6-12 develop leadership skills, enhance their self-esteem, outline career choice options, and other positive character traits; something my books aim to address.
Q: Do you want to leave any message for your readers?
Being a kid is hard, with plenty of new challenges and tough days ahead. As someone who understands specifically the challenges that young girls face, I expertly share a touch of DIVA magic with hopes of reminding our society’s girls that they are Daring, Inspired, Victorious, and Awesome.
Please be sure to stop by my website www.authornfranklinwright.com to purchase your empowerment books today.