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Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Have you already evaluated your life in 2008? I think 2008 was very special to me because it connected me to readers! Last year on this date I remember thinking of all of the possibilities for my life. I dreamed of having my book published, teaching others to write and realize their own potential and I also wanted to do something that brought people together regardless of race, ethnicity, etc. I am happy to see that my dreams came true. I have been blessed with introducing Janelle to all of you! People have told me that she has encouraged their kids young and not so young to be an individual and to be proud of that. I have marveled at the many workshops that took place in 2008 and the works that came from them. Many of the attendees at these events claim that they are not writers...but I have seen excellent works develop from them taking two hours to hone in on their skills. I have traveled all over the East Coast and the Mid-west meeting kind hearted people of all shapes, sizes, colors and belief systems. 2008 was a gift to me. I found my voice and my destiny....I learned how to truly believe in myself and not what others thought was best for me.

I let go of the things that held me back from being a productive person and held on to faith, love and hope! I'm excited for the year 2009 and I am grateful for 2008. How about you? What will 2009 bring forward in your life? Did you review your past year? What exciting things took place for you in 2008? We are less than 24 hours away from welcoming in a new year take some time to reflect! The best writing comes from moments of solace, thought and reflection.
Hope to see you on January 10th at the Creative Writing Workshop in Novi!

Read something good...and write about how good it was!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

One of my favorite To-Do's

One of my favorite tasks of the work day is research. I truly enjoy being inspired by others accomplishments. I have had the pleasure of meeting other children book authors at different events. I am always impressed by their knowledge of the industry and their unique way of connecting to others through words. I have never met two authors who were exactly the same. I am happy for this fact. I think it is so important that many different views are expressed in Children's Lit. I'm sure that young readers appreciate having a variety of stories to choose from as opposed to the same old topic. What's the best part of your day? Do you like recess at school? Why? The exercise? free-time? Something totally different? Do you enjoy a quiet moment at wok when no one is in the office yet? Think about the best part of your day...and be grateful because it helps to make you your best you!!
Read something great! Write something better and appreciate those special parts of the day! :)

Monday, December 29, 2008


Calling all Aspiring writers (under 18)
If you have read "Who I am not what I am" you are able to enter! Please write a 1-2 page essay on the impact that "Who I am not what I am" has had on you. Have you been nicer to others? Started your own writing project? It does not matter we just want to know how this book has been helpful to you. The contest begins today December 29th and all entries must be turned in by January 20th. Please mail entries to: Young Writers Contest P.O. Box 530432, Livonia MI. 48153. Contest winners will receive "Who I am not what I am" merchandise, "Who I am"certificate and have their award winning essay featured on my blog!
Read something good and write something better!

Friday, December 26, 2008


Readers & Writers!

The time is now! A new year beckons what will you do with your talent? Do you feel as though you used your resolution list as a guide throughout the year? The best thing about new beginnings is that they don't just happen in January...and you don't have to wait to get started on your dream! If your dream is to be a healthier eater...take those steps now! If you would like to have a book published before the year is over put the agenda together today for how you plan on attacking that goal. You can do anything you put your mind to. I meet people with phenomenal plans for their own books at my signings. I am always inspired by the readers that share their ideas with me. I always suggest that they write down the steps to make their dream come true. It is very easy to accomplish your goal if you have a plan. Speaking of plans if you are free on January 10th I am teaching a Creative Writing Workshop at the Novi Public Library from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. The workshops are great for expanding your journal entries and diversifying your writing style. I also share resources and tips for getting published!

The cost is $15 per person. Make this upcoming the year that you unwrap your potential!

Read Something Great!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Creative Writing Weekend Workshop

I hope to see you at the Creative Writing Workshop on January 10th at the Novi Public Library from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. This is a great forum to learn more about the art of Creative Writing, adding depth to your poems, short stories and novel chapters and more! Many past participants have said that they have learned how to keep a organized writing regimen and now feel confident in sending out a manuscript. The cost is $15 per person and the benefits are priceless! I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Take Time everyday to do something silly.-Philipa Walker

Hi Readers,
What have you done today that made you laugh? If your answer is nothing must get started. The best stories come from laughs and the best laughs come from everyday actions and encounters. In this world many things can attempt to steal your joy. This is why we must remind ourselves to do things that bring out our best giggle. Make a funny face in the mirror, watch a comedy or read a joke special talent is required to have a great laugh! I am a person that loves to sing and unfortunately my voice is not the best for melody. This does not stop me because singing brings me laughter (and it makes others laugh too).
Enjoy this fun season and discover the moments that bring out your greatest joy...and laugh about it!
Read something good!
Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Fun in Grand Rapids...wrapping up the holidays!

Thanks everyone that stopped by Walden books in Grand Rapids! I had a great time talking to people on Saturday. Even though man of us are caught in the holiday rush many found time to buy a book, chat and share a great story with me! Speaking of great stories we will be gearing up for our new workshop on Jan. 10th Sat. 10-12. at the Novi Public Library. In addition to this on-going workshop we are beginning a series for young people (18 & under) this event will be a Creative Writing workshop and a open Mic. Jan. 17th. Keep me posted if you'd like to attend either. $15 cost for each session. Have fun shopping and spending time with family and take time out to write great stories.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Fruitful life...

What does being fruitful mean to you? I think that it means living your life to its fullest and enjoying every bit of the sweetness that every day can bring. The glass really is half full...who needs a full glass all of the time anyway? I say be content with your lot but work very hard so that you never regret your lot in life. As a writer, I face amazing days filled with meeting great people, and doing what I love. I also have to motivate myself to the extreme because I am the boss of's not easy to be my boss (even when it's me). The fruits of one's labor shows up everyday. For instance, did you write that journal entry yet? Have you sent out your manuscript? Are any writing classes in your planner for next year? In order to get the best return on our investment we have to plant the right seeds. If you want to get better more. If you want to see your dream come true...make it happen by preparation and sacrifice!

I hope to see you this Saturday in Grand Rapids. I will be signing copies of "Who I am not what I am" at the Walden Bookstore, Woodland Mall 12-2.

Making a list and checking it twice...Revising

Have you ever done something that you regretted? Did you wish that you could take it back? Maybe you thought that it would be great if no one ever knew about the mistakes that you made. The best thing about writing is that can revise! Many famous writers have made typos, grammar errors and more blunders. In writing you get a second chance. The most important tool that I had in college was a second pair of eyes. It's easy ...ask a trusted friend to look over your work. You can read your story or poem out loud and find an opportunity to revise as well. The times when I want to revise the least are times when I think that my words are just right. Don't let this stop you! It never hurts to re-write...even if it seems like you have a perfect story or book. Speaking of stories and books...I hope that you can make my book signing in Grand Rapids this Saturday at the Woodland Mall, Walden Books 12-2. It's not to late to get that perfect gift for the perfect reader! I will be teaching a creative writing workshop in Novi, MI on January 10th from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Public Library...cost is $15/person. I also invite anyone under 18 to a special writing workshop and Open Mic on January 17th...10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Novi Public Library and immediately following at Solid Grounds Coffee House participants get to invite friends and family to hear their work they created in the class. As you check over your holiday list and deal with the hustle and bustle of the season ... I hope that you take time to enjoy the process and write about it! Real life makes for great stories.
Read something great and share it with a friend!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008



I wanted to give you a holiday bonus! I can't afford to give you a gift that cost $$ this year. I will give you a gift that gives back. Curious?? A writing bonus. Grab a dictionary choose 15 words (don't think to hard when choosing). Once you have them make sure that they are included in a 1 page poem or short-story that you create yourself. This is a great way to make your brain write differently than you normally would. Once you write your can feel free to post it on my page or you can just keep it to yourself in your journal. The best writings come from prompts...if you have any that you use to help you write better, please share them with the readers on this page. As always Read something great...Write something even better. : )

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Take some time to throw a snowball!

Hi Readers,

This is it! We are in the busy season. You may be spending your days on line and in the malls. Many people are trying to figure out the best gift to give their loved ones. I think the best gift is quality time (that's just me). A great way to spend time with others is to start a book club! Have food, drink & great discussion. Your favorite book can be shared with those you love and you can make many new memories by enjoying the works of your favorite author together. You can do this at any age...if your special someone is too young to do this read to them and their friends at their next playgroup. If children learn to love reading early it is a love that will never go away. The best writers are those who read as children. Speaking of children if their are any kids on your list, I would love to see them this Saturday at the Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids. I will be signing books from 12-2 at the Walden Books. Come get a book, have cocoa and throw a snowball! Lots of fun events are coming for children and adults alike in January as well. Read something good and and give something great! :)


Sunday, December 14, 2008



I truly enjoy the opportunity to live my destiny. I had a great time at the Creative Writing Workshop yesterday. The group was eager to write and share their works in our community. I always notice that when I host Creative Writing Workshops people are inspired by the works of others. The advantages of attending a forum of writers is that you can learn so much from the writing style of another person and also offer your works to inspire people as well. Everyone has a special contribution to the writing community and this is a fun and educational way to expand one's tools for thinking creatively and making great connections. I am always inspired when I see repeat attendees come and produce work that is greatly improved from the last workshop. When people are inspired they continue to find ways to feed the part of your soul that needs to grow as a writer. Read books for your to others...write a a can even write a card for someone you care about...but continue to grow. I had my first book signing at "As the Page Turns" in Northville yesterday. I was very touched by the people that came and brought their children. I had great conversations with people that led pretty inspiring lives themselves. I look forward to seeing more of the people that enjoy my book (s) and workshop at future signings. My next signing is in Grand Rapids at the Walden Books in Woodland Mall on Saturday December 20th. Please some out say hi and buy a book for someone that you care about and that you want to inspire.

Read something great! Inspire somebody special:)

Friday, December 12, 2008

It's never too late to be what you might have been. -George Eliot

How many times have you wondered when you were going to pursue a dream? Maybe you always dreamed of being a famous writer or had thoughts of one day moving to a big city...If you are reading this your time is not up. When I was a small child I liked being read to. I grew to be a child who enjoyed reading and ultimately someone who wrote stories and poems all day long. In high school math class you might find me appearing to pay attention while I filled a spiral bound notebook with poems. My favorite days were looking out of the window and letting my pen fill in the lines on my note page with the ideas of my mind.
I grew up. I went worked full-time. I received my Bachelor of Arts college degree in Journalism and Public Relations. It was my time to fulfill my dreams and become a writer. However, I received a job offer from a well-known company and took a job as a media buyer. I told myself that media was related to writing so it was ok to settle for this career...I still talked to newspapers...right? Wrong! This was not my dream...I worked very hard and made a decent living but my inner-self longed to write! I began my project of becoming "Who I am" (A children's book writer). Things were going great with my progress and suddenly an opportunity presented itself for a career change for me. I decided to try out Human Resources...made sense...right? Human Resources was not writing but I am a person that loves to talk and this helped me to feed the social aspect of my being. Great! Human Resources...Sure!? Why not. I had fun. I met wonderful people. I honed in on my interviewing skills...already partially developed from Journalism (just different because this was not for newsworthy purposes). Fantastic...I told myself. I am helping people to discover their dreams, I thought. I am making a difference. I get to travel to colleges and help people find internships and learn more about starting their careers. I worked extremely hard and was a great fit for my department. I came up with new processes and perfected our annual event. I was proud of myself.
I was not making the money that I desired but I was doing a great job...and then came Janelle. Janelle is my main character in "Who I am not what I am" (my first book). I developed this lovable character and introduced her to the world through my book. Children at my book signings loved her. Teachers said she was a great role-model. They wanted me to come to their schools and talk about self-esteem and the importance of diversity. Wow! This seemed like my dream. I was confused hadn't I settled on a job in Human Resources? The opportunities continued to flow in. "Please come visit our school and speak to our kids" The teachers said. "We would love for you to come to our summer reading program" the librarians claimed. "When is your next book coming out?" the children said.

My job was getting in the way of my destiny and so I quit. I became my destiny. I listened to the longing in my heart and took control of my career and my life. I became me.

Writing is "Who I am". Who are you? Are you pursuing it? You only get one chance. It's never too late. If you're dream is to develop your writing skills and/or to become published, I'd love to see you at my Creative Writing Workshop on this Saturday from 10-12. Novi Public Library. I am also signing books at "As the Page Turns", Northville, MI. 48167.

Read something good...write something better and dream something that will come true!

-Tara Michener

Thursday, December 11, 2008


If you have a loss of words...I'm inviting you to come and find them at my Creative Writing Workshop, Weekend Edition! This Saturday at the Novi Public Library meet like-minded people who want to improve their writing skills. This event will be perfect for those who want to network, sharpen their writing ability, learn writing block busters and who have dreams of one day being published. This workshop is open to the beginner and advanced writer. I hope to see you Saturday 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. The best part about these events is the end of the day ... great works unfold from each participant. The cost is $15/person. Also I'd love to see you Downtown Northville on Saturday from 2-4. As The Page Turns is a book shop that will be featuring me reading my book "Who I am not what I am" and I'll be signing copies for those who are interested. Have a great weekend and make some time to write something good:)


Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Hi Readers,

I've been thinking about the way that people describe others. Have you ever met someone that tried to get you to remember a friend? They may have said (the one with the red hair....or the girl with braces) Does that sound familiar? I have been described as the dark skinned girl, the girl with the long hair, the one with crooked teeth (before my braces). What defines you? Is it other people's descriptions? Is it your actions? both? It's up to you. I think that the best way that I heard someone describe me is by saying the really nice young lady with the big smile. My hope is that through my books, my smile and my words I can make the world a better place. I'd like to be known as the one that says "Hi" to everybody....the one that smiles at strangers...the girl who is never mean. I'm not perfect and I don't want this description to ever be used in regards to who I am. Even though I'm not perfect I believe that I can make the world a more perfect place by being kind and by being friendly to those that I encounter. Have you thought about the way that people categorize you? It is so important to remember that everyday we create our own definition of who we are. My book is about Janelle, a young girl who has a hard time when her peers try to put her in a classification based on race. Her parents remind her that she's special, blessed and a kid who loves to talk. If you'd like a bonus writing exercise today...try writing a paragraph on how people see you and then write a paragraph on who you really are. Compare they match? I hope to see you at my Creative Writing Workshop Sat 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Novi Public Library....or the same day at "As the Page Turns" Northville, MI from 2-4.

Read something good...try & write something better:)

Sunday, December 7, 2008


Hi Readers & Writers,
I am able to meet many people who have dreams to pursue their writing on a deeper level. If you are one of them....I want to encourage you to journal daily:) The best advice I can give you is to carry a notebook around with you. A story may be down the street from you or it may suprise you and appear while you are at the cafeteria table. I find it funny that ideas and story prompts visit me in the most unpredictable places. I have been inspired to write sometimes before I am even out of bed and many times a good story idea will keep me up at night before I can sleep. Being prepared makes you 50 percent more likely to write a good story. The best way any writer can be ready for the idea when it comes is to have a notebook and pen handy!
I hope this helps you with your dreams!
Write something good!


Wrapping Up NY and more!

Hi Readers,

Thanks for visiting my blog. Yesterday was my 1st signing in NY! I had a great time and met wonderful people. The staff at Borders Express was great and very grateful that all of my books sold out. When I go on book signings I get most of the credit for everything. I wanted to take this time and recognize my only employee and most faithful friend on earth. My husband Jason is such a trooper. He posts flyers, drives me around (a lot!) and gets me coffee, Diet coke and more while I am sitting at the signing table. He has a great attitude and is a very creative thinker. Many people stop by and congratulate me on being an author and for doing a great job with booking events, etc. The truth is that without him I would not be as successful so I want to publicly thank him for his help! Do you have someone in your life that helps you hold it together? A teacher? Mentor? Parent? Tell them!

People love to hear that they are making a difference. Speaking of making a difference... if you have plans or dreams to do this with your writing please stop by on the 13th of December and attend my Creative writing workshop. We will cover timed exercises, writer's block busters, open critiques, how to get published and the best venues for your work! I'd love to see's on Saturday at the Novi Public Library from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. and the cost is $15. Also on that Saturday I will be signing copies of my book at a bookstore in Northville "As The Page Turns" from 2-4. I'd love to meet you and help you treat someone special to the gift of Janelle and her story for the holidays.

Today I am heading into Manhattan and meeting some friends and family. I hope that you spend your day with special people! Don't forget to tell them if they have made a difference in your life!

Read something good and have a great day:)

Tara Michener

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

EVENTS TO COME...........

* December 4th Madonna University Library @ 1 p.m.
* December 6th Staten Island Mall, Borders Express @ 12-2 p.m.
* December 13th Creative Writing Workshop, Novi Public Library $15/person 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
* December 13th As the Page Turns, Northville 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
*December 17th Holiday Bazaar Mezza/Novi 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
*December 20th Grand Rapids, Walden Books/Woodland Mall 12-2 p.m.

I wanted to update you on the rest of the events for the year! Please add to your calendar & bring someone to one of these fun & fulfilling events!

Tara Michener

What is the most important?

Hi Readers,

I was thinking about this time of year and what is really important. During this time of year it is so easy to get caught up in the shopping, the cooking, the tasting and the debt. The true meaning of the holidays is not to run up our credit card bills and defer the pain until January. This is a time when we can reflect on our lives and be grateful for all of the special people that are in our hearts. I love to take this time and let those that I care about know what they mean to me. I may do this with a gift as a token. It is important that the gifts that we give are simply that.... a token of appreciation or love not the main focus. Gifts come in all sizes, shapes, price ranges and colors. Baking cookies is a great way to share love and show someone that you care while watching your wallet and using creativity. Handwritten notes can mean more than store bought cards if the sentiment is from the heart. This season is also great to give the gift of self-esteem & diversity to a child. "Who I am not what I am" is a book that I wrote to help children accept others and themselves. This book is a great way to teach children that the true value of any person is beyond what people see and more about what treasures lie on the inside. I will be signing books at Madonna University Thursday @ 1 p.m. in the Library. I will also be in NYC this Saturday signing books at Borders Express in Staten Island! The times for that event are from 12-2. I hope to see you and remember that no matter what gift you give it is important to remember that the true gift is the person who you care for.

Read something good!!

Tara Michener

Monday, December 1, 2008

Lots of Fun at Biggby... next stop my Alma Mater!


It was great to see many of you at Biggby Coffee yesterday for the Storytime & signing event. Lots of kids colored their own interpretation of Janelle (the main character of "Who I am not what I am"). I will be posting those photos on this blog in the near future. Some people added glasses to the sketch of Janelle and others gave her blond hair. I had lots of fun with this activity because everyone gave a unique quality to Janelle. This emphasizes the fact that the world is full of great people who all have different qualities. At the end of the event the wall was covered with the same photo but all of them were unique. I hope that this blog reinforces that being different from others is normal and it is ok if you are the only one in your class with glasses or braces. It's also fine if you don't have the newest clothes or the most friends. What is truly important is your attitude and the way you treat people and yourself. Being kind to others is a quality that makes you more attractive than a complete makeover from a well-known store. Loving yourself is great because you are special and you should be proud of that.

If you were not able to make this event my next stop is Madonna University for a special author event. I will be in their library on December 4th at 1 p.m. signing books and talking about my career and why I wrote the story of Janelle and "Who I am not what I am". I will also be in NYC this weekend at the Staten Island Mall on Sat from 12-2 at Borders Express! My first Book signing in NYC! I hope that you can make it and if you have contacts in that area please share this blog with them.

If you are an aspiring writer or a person who just likes to write ...join me on December 13th at the Novi Public Library from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.! I will be faciliatting a Creative Writing Workshop. Cost is $15 per person. Email me at for details. Here is a bonus writing exercise for today: Write a poem using all of the unique qualities that you possess. Feel free to share them on this blog if you like!

Read something good!

Tara Michener

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Biggby, Northville featuring Tara Michener!

Hi Readers!

I hope that you are able to bring your family to my storytime spectacular at Biggby, Northville on Sun 11/30 12-2. We will have coloring, storytime, a 1 page story contest for the kids, discounts on Who I am Cocoa and more! I'd love to see you and your family for pre-holiday fun! Biggby, Northville is selling my books right now as a pre-sell. Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I hope that my readers know what I am truly thankful for.

I am thankful for the kids that run up to my table at book signings

I am thankful for the people that share their personal stories with me

I am thankful for those who have attended my workshops

I could go on but the point is that I am thankful for people like you who read my blog and help me to be a success! I hope to see you this Sunday!

Have a great T-day (for me it's tofurkey) :)

Read something good!

Monday, November 24, 2008


I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the readers who stopped by Walden Books (Westland) on Saturday. Many customers bought more than one copy of "Who I am not what I am" at this signing. I am always touched when my book is added to readers book shelves and even more elated when it is given as a gift to someone. This holiday season readers and their families have the chance to see me at Biggby Coffee, Northville (8 Mile/Haggerty) on Sunday Novewmber 30th! This will be a fun event complete with a 1 page story contest, coloring sheets, storytime, discounted cocoa, and more! I hope to see you there! Have a great day and remember that I am always thankful for readers!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


In this fast-paced world it is so easy to never reflect or evaluate life. I've been reading my old journals from 10 years ago and I am shocked by the girl in those pages. She is kind and fun yet she is not the person typing this blog post right now. I hope that people still find me kind and fun but I see alot of growth maturity wise in the person that I am today. I also believe that I can steal some of the charateristics of the person that I used to be. Do you ever take time to read over old journal entries, viusit old friends and/or even close your eyes and think about what you wanted more than anything five to ten years ago? If so do you still want it now? Have you gotten it? Was it worth the desire? Take time today and reflect. Are you doing what you were menat to do? Does your presence in others lives help them to be better or worse? I will be at Westland Mall this Saturday @ Walden Book from 1-3 signing books so if you happen to do some soul searching I'd be happy to hear what you came up with. Have a great week!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Hi Readers!

This is such a busy time of the year with planning menu's and buying gifts. I'm hoping that my book can make a debut at some of your holiday events. "Who I am not what I am" is a great gift if you are visting a household with an elemnetary age child present. Another idea for gift giving with "Who I am not what I am" is for any teachers that are on your shopping list. Teachers have been some of my biggest supporters and they continue to spread the message of self-esteem and diversity everyday to young ones worldwide. I will be signing books at the Westland Mall @ the Walden Bookstore from 1-3 on Saturday. I hope to be able to meet you and sign a book for someone special. This will be my last signing before Thanksgiving. My next event will be at Madonna University Library on December 4th at 1:00 p.m. I hope that you make it a great day and read something good!

Tara Michener

Monday, November 17, 2008

Making Time to write

As author of "Who I am not what I am" I spend lots of time at signings and events. My calendar typically is filled with meetings, workshops, classes and other book promotional agenda items. The hardest thing to do as a writer is write. I know that it sounds funny considering that's what I am and what I love to do. In order for me to be able to write on a regular basis I have to allow time in my day just for writing. I typicallly use a timer and turn off all of the distractions and just let my fingers tap the keys on the board until I have written works on my page. If you are aspiring to be a writer but feel that life is too busy to start your book or finish your poem... try a timer. It is also really helpful to make yourself a haven and let the thoughts run wild on your paper. Make sure those who live with you know not to disturb you during your writing time. Use a do not disturb sign for your door if need be. Being a writer is hard work and this is mainly because it takes a great amount of discipline and effort to actually get the writing done. Try these tips today if you are having a hard time finding space in your day to write. This Saturday I will be in Westland Mall (Walden Books) signing from 1-3 and remember the Creative Writing Workshop is coming to an end soon. The last class for the year is December 13th from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. I hope to see you there! Have a great day and take the time to write!

Friday, November 14, 2008


One of the best things to me about facilitating writing workshops is the chance to inspire and be inspired. Everyday people encounter great story prompts. The child at the grocery store who is crying could be a great topic for a story or poem....the man who is at Starbucks everyday in the same seat alone could be the beginning of the best novel. When we begin to use our minds to see the potential in ordinary details the story is in the middle. I had such a great time last night at the Creative Writing Workshop (Eve) session. I am always amazed at the talent that develops from these meetings. Many people start off by saying "well I'm really not that good". These are the same people that evoke emotion with their works. The workshops are great because they help the attendees to think about writing in a different way. It is a fun community of people with the determination to see what their creativity can say out loud on paper. The next and last one in this series is December 13th from 10a-12p at the Novi Civic Center. This week I will be doing a children's program and signing at the Madison Heights Library...from 2-3. Next week I will be at Westland Mall on the 22nd of Novembe from 1-3 at the Walden Books store. I hope to see you soon and remember to read something good...and then write about it:)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A sincere Thank you!

In the past six months, my life has changed dramatically! "Who I am not what I am" was published in April of 2008 and my life went from ordinary to extraordinary. This is because of my readers and supporters. I have been able to sign many books for schools, libraries, churches but even more important I have been able to personally sign books out to my young readers! It is such a gift to be able to have a child look at me and realize that the stories they write in their notebook can one day become published. I have talked with so many aspiring writers who love to read and want to write one day. It is a true joy to share with them that my hope is to have them sign a book for me one day. I acknowledge that my success is from everyone who loves Janelle and her story of embracing self-esteem. I do not take my readers for granted. Those of you who believe in the message of my book are my cheerleaders, promoters, publicists, and teachers. When you tell someone about my book help me to grow as a writer and person. You teach me that one person can truly make a difference. I have so much fun teaching the creative writing workshop and watching authors- to- be appear before my eyes. It is so much fun to see people who claim that they are not good at writing deliver a master piece to the class and hear praise from everyone. Writing has opened up so many possibilities for me. The best one is getting to engage with people and be vulnerable with my story as I listen to theirs. You have a story inside of you....make sure that you get it out. I'd love to see you tonight at the Creative Writing workshop from 6p.m.-8 p.m. at the Novi Civic Center. If you can't make that one the next one is December 13th from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. I am also signing books in Madison Heights for a children's program this Saturday.

As something good!

Tara Michener :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


When I decided to take on writing full-time many people congratulated me on following my dreams. I thought this was a nice thing to say (and I still do). However am I following my dream or leading my future? I have always wanted to write full-time. I enjoy people and I've had it on my heart to have a profession path that enabled me to speak to all types of people for a living. I am doing that now. The thing that is funny is that my dreams are a yearning but my decision to make writing and speaking a career was my choice. Dreaming is so important but it takes more than just a thought or a hope to make a career. It takes tenacity and a tough skin. Many people may think I've taken a big risk by writing I believe that it is much more uncertain to let someone decide your destiny for you. Today if you have a dream....plan a action agenda to make it become a reality. You may have people that question your motives...that's good! You get to answer their question with the success ahead. Speaking of preparing for the future if you have any interest in writing I invite you to attend my workshop tomorrow in Novi at the Civic Center from 6-8 p.m. Email me if you need more details at I'll also be signing books in Madison Heights this Saturday. Next week I will be signing books in Westland Mall...get a book for someone special and don't hesitate to take control of your future:) A dream is a goal waiting to be obtained!
Read something good!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The best gift

When we think about gifts it is so easy to have visions of wrapping paper and bows. The holidays are near and everyone is checking their budget for the best gift to give to those they care about. When I think of some of my favorite gifts that I received as a child....I remember anticipation of pretty dolls with perfect hair and painted faces. I also remember reading stories from brand new books. The pages full of beautiful illustrations and the story living in my heart after the book is closed. My goal is to give a gift with my writing so that when I am no longer here my words still speak. I hope that even though dolls are pretty and dainty that kids realize they don't have to look like plastic figures to be accepted. Some of the gifts given this year will not be as new as some of the books that I received when I was young but they will be worth so much more than the price on the back cover. If a book can help a child to understand someone who is different and to embrace the unique qualities that they have inside of themselves that book is priceless even if it has a tattered cover. Read something great!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Did you know that when I blog to you it's actually exercise? I'm not going to lose any weight typing but it's a great writing exercise for me. When I tell you about my day, signings, etc. you actually help me to be a better writer. If you are trying to hone in on your skills as a writer try crafting short stories in a notebook every day. It does not take too much time to practice your writing. A good tip could be when you first wake up in the morning write a story about your dreams...make it fun and change details around to suit your story line. You can even finish out a dream that did not have a ending. Thanks for reading and keep writing those words on paper eventually they will jump off of the pages and land in others hearts:)
Tara Michener:)

Great Lakes, A River and Snow


I had a blast with you all this weekend! My Saturday signing was at Great Lakes Crossing Mall in Auburn Hills, MI. What a crowd! One of my customers bought 23 books for her daycare centers....Thanks so much!! I was so elated with the turnout. I sold out fast and spoke to many wonderful people. The next day I went to Writers on The River in Monroe. This event had over 35 authors! Many were seasoned authors who had written many children's books. The person next to me was Cyd Moore. Cyd is a kind, fun illustrator of many wonderful Children's works. I actually bought her book Willow which I found colorful and also thought provoking. This event was a breath of fresh air as I noticed newer authors such as myself and more seasoned veterans like Cyd. The staff was kind and I truly enjoyed the people that showed up to purchase books. Imagine my suprise when I noticed the snowflakes hitting the pavement on my way out of the venue. I know that it is November but I did not expect to see our white flaky friends just yet. So as I said this was truly a fun weekend...and very busy! This week I will be teaching a workshop in Novi from 6-8 at the Civic Center Thursday and in Madison Heights signing books on Saturday. I look forward to seeing you! :)

Read something good!

Tara Michener :)

Saturday, November 8, 2008



This is going to be a busy weekend for me. I notice that I always have to be careful when multi-tasking to remember important rules. One of my rules is just because I'm busy I should not skimp on being kind to others. Have you ever noticed that when you are in a rush that you can treat others in a way that is less than desireable? I wonder if this is because it takes time and thought to be courteous. If it takes me two minutes longer to be kind today or tomorrow it's worth it, if it makes someone feel better. Let's make a pact today to focus on this rule of matter how harsh people may be with us ...let's show them kindness. If we do this I believe we will feel alot better about ourselves and also help them to embrace the kindness that we offer.

This weekend you have two opportunities to see me and "Who I am not what I am". I will be signing books in Auburn Hills at Great Lakes Crossing Mall ( Borders Express, Auburn Hills). I will be signing books tomorrow and be a featured author at "Writers on the River" in Monroe, MI at the Public Library.

Have a great day & read something good!

I hope to see you:)

Friday, November 7, 2008


One of my biggest goals with my books and my speaking ventures is to get a very important message across. YOU MATTER! Many people feel as though they do not make a difference and they may feel as though their actions don't impact anyone. Everyone makes a difference in this life. We get to choose if our choices will bring good or bad to others. I hope that you choose good. Simple things can make a big impact on others. If you decide that today you are going to smile at people more. You've made a difference. If you choose not to respond to've made a impact. When we choose the right thing we help when we don't we may's always our choice ....and our choices always matter. This Saturday I hope that you have time to stop by and see me at Great Lakes Crossing Mall. I will be signing books there from 1-3. Sunday I will be in Monroe at Writers on The River. Thursday Evening I will be teaching a creative writing workshop for those of you who prefer evenings:) This is a great way to put your thoughts into action and sharpen your writing skills. I hope that your day is great!

Thursday, November 6, 2008


The Creative Writing Workshop series began yesterday. Eager participants had pens and one had a laptop ready to hone their skills as writers. Their reasons for being there varied. Some just wanted to share their written works and get feedback...others talked about dreams of writing their own book one day and thought this would be a great place to begin. The day opened with timed writing exercises of many different kinds. Thier was an emphasis on free-writing, poetry and even some time to openly critique others works. I heard the beginnings of great written works yesterday and was very proud of the group that showed up on such a beautiful day to let their thoughts run wild on paper. I hope that you can make the next one which will be November 13th from 6-8 p.m. My goal is to vary the times and days so that all who wish to attend a workshop are able to benefit from the series. In December we will feature a weekend session for those who have free-time on Saturdays. Remember that I will be at Great Lakes Crossing Mall in Auburn Hills this Saturday from 1-3 at the Borders Express. I hope to see you there. Today I am heading out to a pre-school in Canton to do a reading and a program. Have a great day and don't be too busy to read something great!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Thanks Southgate...and more!

Everybody that stopped by the Southgate signing was appreciated. Thanks to the wonderful staff at the book store. It would be impossible to have a good event without the helpful staff at the stores. Yesterdays staff at the Borders Express was a great bunch! Pictures to come later. One of the best things about my signing yesterday was a lady who had been trying to make it to my events from the very beginning. Tamara emailed me after an article was published in one of the local newspapers. She mentioned that this book would be great for her family and she'd love to meet. I sent her my schedule but we were never able to meet up until yesterday. She was so full of joy and enthusiasm and had a great attitude. The signings are great because the people that attend and help out make them that way. I am looking forward to seeing more of you at The Great Lakes Crossing Signing this upcoming Saturday. Thanks again for bringing rays of sunshine to me even in November:) Remember that this Wednesday is the Creative Writing Workshop in Novi it's not to late to brush up on your writing and learn some more tricks of the trade.

Thanks again for reading and have a great day!

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Hi Readers,

The season will soon change and the leaves will be replaced with snow. Let's remember to be thankful for all of our friends, family, jobs, blessings, schools, _________ fill in the blank. This is also a good time to make sure we are satisfied with ourselves. Can you be more grateful for someone that you appreciate? Are you happy with your grades in school? I made some changes in my career recently and now I am writing more than I have in a long time but I am also happier. There is nothing wrong with change. The seasons do it! :) Enjoy your day and I hope to see you in Southgate from 2-4 today. You made my day by reading. I'll try to make your's by writing.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Much To Do about everything

Hi Readers!
I've been very busy this week which got me to thinking about the way that I treat people when I am on a mission. It is very easy to be nice to others when I have time on my hands but when I have a lot going on and I am stressed....that's when it can get scary. So what I've discovered is that I have to evaluate myself during hectic times more than typical. When my to-do list is full I should be full of compassion for others not short-tempered and self-serving. One of the goals of "Who I am not what I am" is to make people think about the way we accept ourselves and others. I don't believe we can be truly happy with ourselves if we treat others harshly or unfairly. Food for thought:) Please mark your calendars for Southgate! This Saturday I will be at the Southgate Center Mall from 2-4 at Walden Books. I hope that you can make it!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Southgate on Saturday!

This Saturday I will be signing books at the Southgate Center Mall in Michigan. I will be at the Walden Books from 2-4. I'd love to see you and chat with you about my book and sign one out for someone special on your list! The thing that I love most about the signings is that I am able to engage with people. I meet people with dreams to write and I feel as though just by being present I help them to realize that it can happen for them too if they want it. With that in mind remember that my Creative Writing workshop is next Wednesday from 11-1 in Novi, MI. Please attend if you have a interest in writing we will have a great time and hopefully make some great memories! In November I will be doing signings in Michigan all month so if you can't make Southgate remember that I will be in Auburn Hills and Westland this month as well. More workshops are on the way too. Please book your calendar for November 13th from 6-8 my first evening workshop will take place for those who enjoy writing but are not able to make the day series. A Weekend one is on the way as well as a childrens/teen series.

Thanks for reading!

Tara Michener

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Cinci is next on the line up


I can't wait to see all of you in Ohio this weekend! I will be at the Kenwood Mall at the Borders books. My signing is from 2-4 and the store will be having a Harvest party during my visit so please come prepared for fun and bring friends. Thanks for all of your support and remember that in November I will be having many events in the Michigan area so please get your calendars ready to mark. November 1st I will be in Southgate signing books; November 8th Great Lakes Crossing Mall; November 9th Writers on the River Author Fair in Monroe; November 15th Madison Heights; November 22 Westland Mall; More details on these signing events to come. Also the next workshop is November 5th in Novi.

Have a great one!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Creative Writing Workshop

Creative Writing Workshop

A "Who I am Event"

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

11:00-1:00 p.m.

Novi Civic Center Conf. Room A

45175 W. Ten Mile Rd.

$15 per person

or 313-414-4453

Saturday, October 18, 2008

New territory!

Hi Readers!

Today I have a signing at Oxmoor Center Mall in Louisville, Ky. I am so grateful for the experiences that "Who I am not what I am" has offered me. I have been able to travel to New Jersey, Chicago, Ohio, KY, Pennsylvania and all the Michigan area to spread the message of diversity, inclusion and self-esteem to kids! I am so excited to take this on as a full-time career and truly have a passion for my work. I hope that you will be able to personally join me on these incredible journeys where I learn more about myself as I meet others and learn about them. Stay tuned! Next week's stop is in Cinci, OH. :)

Make it a great day and don't ask for permission to be wonderful!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The right thing to do is write!

Hi Readers! Thanks for stopping by. Today I'm going to write about writer's block. I think it's funny that when I'm hit with a block I still use my keys and imagination and hope that I say something compelling and helpful to you. As I'm writing about my writer's block I hope that you see the lesson in what I'm doing. I'm pushing through, not accepting no for an answer and not making an excuse not to write to you because of my challenge. The moral of the story is the right thing to do is write even when it seems wrong. If you have a hard time making something happen that is really important don't give up-just keep on trying even when it seems hard and before you know it you've accomplished a miracle even if you were in doubt the whole time. Have a great day and thanks for reading:)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

You can't take it back

Hi Readers!

One of the hardest things to do is take back something that you have said to someone. I have a good friend that used words to hurt someone today...this friend shared with me at the time it felt good to express the emotion that they felt. I talked to them about the example that they set for others and how what if they truly hurt the person's feelings. After a while my friend shared that they felt bad and they wished that they did not say what they did. Even though this friend could not take the words back they did something that I truly respected...they apologized! What courage that took?! When we say something hurtful we may not be able to take back the words but we can say sorry and mean it. It is very brave to say sorry! If you have hurt someone start today by mending the pain by apologizing my friend did and I believe this was a smart move! Have a great day and leave the world a better place than you found it:)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Change a life because of the way you live your own....

Are you ever tempted to be negative? Do you feel pressure to go with the crowd when it is clearly not in the interest of others? If you answered yes this means that you are human...but it also means that their is hope that you can change your attitude and change a life. Everyday we have a opportunity to shape someone's life positively or not. When we take time to give compliments or listen we may help someone to feel better about themselves when we don't take the time to care about others at all we effect others lives as well in a negative way. You get to make a choice if someone will remember how you helped them or if they remember that you did not. Let's take the opportunity to leave a positive fingerprint on others hearts today!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Next stop Louisville!

Hi Readers. I will be in Louisville, KY on Saturday October 18th at Oxmoor Center (Walden Books). I will be signing books from 1:00-3:00. I hope that if you have friends and family in that area that you pass it on. I'd love to meet more people that believe in the message of this book. Where would you like to see me next? Let me know and I will try to make it happen! Have a great weekend and stay positive:)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

What challenges you makes you.............

My hope for you reader is that when challenges come your way you get stronger! Sweat on your brow, clenched fists, quick beats of the heart may be a result of being under pressure or being pushed to your limits. The other indicator of being pushed to your limits is that you have a chance to shine! When you do great things...people notice. They may not tell you that they are impressed...that's ok (we have to remind ourselves it only matters what we tell ourselves). This means that your self-confidence cannot be dependent on people. Compliments, nice notes, kind gestures make us feel good but we have to know that if those things stop...our excellence does not. The true test of excellence is being excellent regardless.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Who's your role model?

Is there someone in your life that has helped you to reach your dreams? Do they know? One of the best gifts someone can give you is inspiration and the best gift you can return to them is to let them know. So many wonderful people have helped me to be a success! Who has contributed to your life and said the right thing to you at the right time? Now that you've thought about it....tell them! Let's keep the positivity flowing...I'll see you in Chicago this Saturday:)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


I love to write! It makes me feel very happy when people say that they enjoy "Who I am..." Sometimes the power of words can be a thing that uplifts others and makes them see the value in others and in themselves. I'd like to use my words to inspire, uplift and encourage. This is a good subject to ponder. If words can build up...they can also tear down. Be careful to use your words to empower others not to take away their power. Say hello to someone you don't usually talk to, compliment a outfit that you think is nice and refrain from saying something bad about someone who has wronged you. Your words are powerful...use them for good:)

Sunday, September 21, 2008



I wanted to send you a note of hope....DREAM BIG! Even if you think that your goals are too large and how could it ever happen for you...and how could you possibly do _______ (fill in the blank) when you can't even clean your room! You can do it! A dream is important...a goal is a dream written down. Make a plan. What do you want to do? Do you want to be a writer? Use a journal everyday and make up stories, log the events of your day, can write -if you want to. Do you wnat to dance? Take classes..practice and practice again! You can do it. Everyone's dream seemed big at first...but when you practice and believe in yourself it gets more realistic everyday! I wanted to be a writer since I was in elementary school. Many said it would never happen so I stopped talking about it and started writing. When "Who I am...." first arrived in bookstores people were shocked! How did you do it? Wow! (they said) I've always wanted to do that........Don't just want! OPut it into practice.....this is how we make our dreams come true. No magic wand, or fairy dust..just a prayer and practice will make it come true. Dream big today!


I had a great time with the people who joined me in Ann Arbor at Nicola's yesterday! I was able to read stories to multiple groups of people, sign many books and have great chats with people. I also met a children's book author and was able to have a book signed from her. She happened to bring her daughter to the store to get a book signed and her daughter told me that her mom wrote kid's books:) we found it in the store and it was signed for me:) isn't it great that when you refresh others you are also refreshed? My next signing will be in Chicago on October 4th. I'll give more details closer to the date. If you stopped by Nicola's yesterday thanks for the support!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

COME SEE ME IF YOU CAN............

I'm on my way to Ann Arbor for a book signing and presentation on "Who I am not what I am". I'd love to see all of my readers and those interested in reading. If you plan on stopping by please bring a friend that could benefit from this book. It's nice to be local this weekend...I'm really looking forward to being in such a fun and creative environment to share the message of this book. See you soon:)

Monday, September 15, 2008

School is back in...self-esteem should be top of mind

The leaves will begin to change color soon and children are back in the classrooms we all need to remember that this is a critical time to remind kids of their worth. One of the hardest challenges that students face growing up is encountering new classmates, schools and learning expectations. Let's make sure that all kids are constantly told how important they are. It is important to celebrate all aspects of a child, not just the exterior. Kids that love to read should be complimented on their love of books in word and action. Let's ask them about the stories that they enjoy, ask them why and buy them new books to keep their interest fed. Take them to libraries and other events that reinforce their hobby. I will be at at Nicola's Bookstore (Ann Arbor) this Saturday at 12 noon. I look forward to seeing all of the supporters of Whoiamnotwhatiam!

Sunday, August 24, 2008


If a dream exists in your heart it can come true. The best ingredient for being succesful is belief. Many people may try to make obstacles the culprits in limiting happiness, acceptance, etc. If the term no one is perfect is true (which it is) doesn't that mean that all people can acheive whatever their hearts desire? Potential is not enough we have to bring a true belief, faith and hardwork into play and we will see great results. I told two girls when I was in juinor high school that I would be an author one day.... they laughed at me. They had on name brand clothes and were in the cool crowd I wore my brothers hand-me downs and did not belong to a crowd but I believed that I could write a book and now I am able to remind little girls and boys all over America of the dream that is brewing in their hearts. If it is a book, a song or a medical degree it can happen if we believe in ourselves!

Saturday, August 23, 2008


Who I am not what I am! went to New Jersey last Saturday for a book signing at Newport Mall in Jersey City. This was a great experience for all who were able to share in the event. I met many diverse people who said that this book was exactly what they needed. Many came and shared their personal stories and much support for this book and its message. We also had an impromptu book signing at the New Jersey Sector of the New City Church of Christ. I met great girls who were ready to promote the message of self-esteem themselves. My next event will be in Cincinatti.....stay tuned!

Monday, August 4, 2008


I had a wonderful turnout to my signing at Borders in Oxford Valley Mall in PA. So many people were excited about my book and thought it was great to give their children a positive role model to look up to. One of the comments that I get the most at these signings is what is my inspiration for writing a book like "Who I am not what I am" My biggest inspiration is the thought that I could change the way others view the world and themselves with a few simple words. When people truly think about the concept of self-esteem and diversity they realize that these are important charateristics to pass on to their children but they don't always know how. Kids have questions about race, self and the world around do we answer these things and still shape them to be upstanding respectful and valuing of others? The best way is to teach them that people are people .....we love the same things like icecream, bike riding, etc. Janelle is a visual to remind people that people that appear so different from us really are not hard to understand we just have to lend a ear and be open to what they have to say.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The best way to spend a Sunday afternoon........

Last Sunday was so much fun! I was able to do a reading program for the "Lil Roots" group. The group is made up of children of all different races and backgrounds. They all brought their favorite fuzzy friends (teddy bears) Rileigh let me borrow her's because I left Tammi-bear at home. The children asked many questions about the book and also told me a great deal about themselves. They love to ride bikes, eat ice cream and some of them have pets too. Many of them have actually written their own stories (which makes them writers!)

I also went to 12 Oaks Mall this past Saturday which was a lot of fun. I met a great staff of people at the Borders Express store and many people in Novi that were happy about the book.

This weekend I am off to PA. I will be at the Oxford Valley Mall at the Borders Express.

I will write more later....keep reading!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Interested in hearing more stories from you.........

Janelle is the main character in "Who I am not what I am". She had quite a story as many of you readers know. When she went to school she heard many different opinions about her from her classmates. Has anyone had any interesting encounters with classmates, co-workers, etc. based on appearance? How important is appearance? I'd love to hear comments or thoughts surrounding this subject. Thanks for viewing my blog and helping it to be successful! I can't wait to see you all at the next event.


Friday, July 18, 2008

If you had a day of diversity what would you do?


What would you do if you had a whole day dedicated to embracing diversity? Would you talk to different people than you normally do? Would you sit at a new lunch table or make friends with someone that you've never spoken to? Would you try to learn more about another culture or watch movies that embrace your own heritage and invite someone over to share them from a different background? I want to know tell me how you would spend this day to make the world a better place......If you comment you can receive a "Who I am not what I am bookmark"


Gearing up for the next signing


I wanted to send you a special invite to come to my book signing at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi MI 48375 on Saturday July 26th from 12-3. This is a great way to purchase your book, get it signed personally for yourself or that special someone and share your story with me that could be featured on my blog! The book signings that I have been able to appear at have been great because I meet wonderful people and get to answer their questions.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Celebrate Who you are!

I try and sign all of my books "celebrate who you are". One of my colleagues suggested that I write that in her children's books and since that day I realized that this was a profound statement. "Who I am not what I am" is about celebrating who you are! You can be white, black, both and none of the above does not matter who you are-you should celebrate who you are! Many times I meet people who say I love this book but I have a boy or my child is not bi-racial so they decide not to purchase it. I wrote this book for every child and truly hope that they can find something in it that can help them to understand that they are awesome and to be celebrated. So today as you read my blog please take some time to play a game, smile at a stranger or forgive someone for a wrong and remember that you are worthy of a celebration no matter what!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Hamtramck Public Library Program

The Hamtramck Public Library had a program involving "Who I am not what I am". This was a fun event with a great theme. The children made their own books before I spoke. We talked about their books and they realized that since they wrote books that day they were also authors. The children asked me many questions such long did it take? Why did you write a book? Do you make a lot of money? They were able to hear about Janelle and her adventure and then we talked more about the book and the characters in it. I will definately go back next year...the staff and children were very friendly and we all had a great time as we learned more about diversity together:) They have a contest going on right now...three students will win my book. I wonder who will it be?

Dream & Esteem Shops

Remember that when you book an event with Tara Michener, author of "Who I am not what I am" you can opt for a dream & esteem shop. This program helps children to realize their potential to make their dreams come true...if you are a teacher, mentor or librarian this is a great program! Children are able to discover their full potential is inside and they can do anything they put their minds too:) Writing a book, being an artisit, etc. is not out of grasp when a child believes in themselves and their abilities.

Book events

July 26th
Twelve Oaks Mall Borders 12-3
August 2nd
Borders Oxford Valley Mall PA. 12-3
August 7th
Clawson Library (Blair Memorial)
Book signing and meet the author 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
August 9th
Walden Books Fair lane Mall 2-4
August 16th
B. Dalton Jersey City Newport Centre 2-4
Sept. 2nd
Novi Library Book signing and meet the author 6:30 p.m.-7:00
Sept. 13th
Independence Twp. (Clarkston) Library 2-3

Sept. 20th
Nicola’s Books Ann Arbor Book signing 12-3
Nov. 9th
Writers on the River 12-4 Author Fair (Downriver)
Nov. 15th
Madison Heights Library 2-3 (Author Fair)
Dec. 4th.
Madonna University Library Book signing & Meet the Author 1:30
For Info email

Great signing in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI was very welcoming to "Who I am not what I am". I met such wondeful people who shared amazing stories of their own in regards to diversity and self-esteem. One young man told me that he was teased growing up because people did not know what race he was. He said that at that time it did not hurt as much as it does now when he reflects because he realizes how wrong it was. Readers, please be careful not to tease others. Sometimes people never forget the words that hurt them even when they are much older.

Guest speaking/workshops/readings

I am always happy to help children understand that true beauty comes from the inside. Please feel free to email me if you'd like me to come to your school, library or special group to guest speak, read or do a program involving my book. If you have read Who I am not what I am please share with me what you thought of it? How did it make you feel when Janelle was asked questions about her race? Have you ever had anyone question you about your identity? What did you do? Please share your tips with the readers of this blog why a person's heart matters matters more than the outside.........

Monday, July 14, 2008

Who I am not What I am!

Hi Readers!
We are asked for it you got it:)
Please feel free to post your opinions, thoughts, and suggestions for WhoIamnotwhat Iam! If you have not read this book please feel free to purchase it from, Borders or Barnes & Noble. My book embraces self-esteem and diversity in children. Janelle is a young girl who is bi-racial and is very happy with her life until kids at school question her race and make her feel insecure about who she is. When Janelle talks to her parents about her dilemma she learns an important lesson....................