Since my book officially launched on June 28th, I’ve been a very busy lady (hence not being able to blog as much as I would like). But I had to take some time to recap my first book festival! On August 19th I participated in the 3rd Annual Mississippi Book Festival. It was only fitting that my first showing be in my hometown of Jackson, MS. I was beyond excited as you can tell!
Honestly, it’s still weird to refer to myself as an author, so naturally I was overwhelmed with the support I received. In the weeks leading up to the festival, I took my preparation very seriously, making sure every detail was just right. I think it turned out pretty cute!
I was so excited to see it all come together. But more than that I was truly humbled by how well it was received. I was inspired all day by the little girls who were excited to see a book with a character who looked like them. I must admit that sometimes I underestimate the excitement, from children and parents alike, of seeing an author who also looks like them. I told you I’m still working on soaking this all in! An added bonus of the day was having little girls who don’t look like McKenzie also get excited about the book. Having my nieces, McKenzie and Ava, there with me was just the icing on the cake!
From the beginning of this journey, my purpose has been clear. I wanted to write a book that black girls, specifically, could identify with, but that any child could read and enjoy. My interactions at the festival solidified that purpose. Making sales is great, but making an impact is greater! If my first book festival was any indication of what’s to come, this will go far beyond anything I could ever ask or think. #justpourthewater