The Inspirational Story Behind the Book
I wrote Charlie Takes an Adventure when I was 11 years old. It started out as a language arts project. My teacher gave the class a task to write a book. At the end of the school year, my manuscript was returned to me in a “hardcover” format.
Boy, I was pretty excited to see my book in hardcover. When I showed my dad the book, I said, “Dad, how cool would it be if I can get this book published for REAL someday!!!”
Being 11 years old at the time, I had no clue how to get a book published. So this is what happened… My book sat on the bookshelf collecting dust for 13 years.
I would constantly hear the discouragement from family members, friends, teachers, and librarians.
This is what I would hear:
“You are way too young to publish a book!”
“It’s way too hard to publish a book!”
“It costs too much money to publish a book!”
I even had one guy (“boyfriend”) that I dated tell me this:
“You aren’t smart enough to publish a book!”
I sure was smart enough to dump him after that comment…right!?
Two years later♥, Charlie Takes an Adventure was hit with an overwhelmingly positive response from; children, parents, and educators across the board. The book launched at the middle school I attended when I was in 6th grade, Loggers Run Middle School! At this event, I gave a motivational talk to 400+ people in the auditorium, which included; students, parents, faculty, and the Superintendent of the Palm Beach County Schools.
Since the launch of my book, I have visited 100’s of schools across America. I have even been invited to inspire; Elementary and Middle Schools and religious afflictions with my motivational event titled, “Dream Big”.
I have also been selected to be the keynote speaker for the Girl Scouts of America (2 years in a row), as well as, Keller-Williams Real Estate Investment agents.
My company and I just celebrated 3 years in business. These were some of the exciting moments throughout the years with Charlie!
Miami Seaquarium placed an order and it’s on their shelves
IMAG-Imaginarium Aquarium and Science placed an order and it’s on their shelves
Launched an assortment of new products that compliment the book: hand-made/stitched “Charlie” tote bags, wallets, penguin necklaces, posters and a Charlie plush toy
Recognized on Fox News, Miami Herald, Lynn University Alumni News, West Boca News, Belle Glade Sun, Loggers Run News, Lakeland News, The Village Sun News, and Wei Radio.
Selected to read my book for a Target-sponsored event at the Miami Children’s Museum
Selected to participate in Girl Fest for the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (University of South Florida)
Book 2 launched, Charlie Takes an Adventure to Massachusetts
Sold over 8,000 copies of Charlie Takes an Adventure
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Keep an eye out for Charlie’s next adventure, FALL 2019
(Book #3) Charlie will be taking his next adventure in New York!!
(Book #4) And…… Charlie Takes an Adventure to Illinois is in the works….!!