California - Southern
Bestselling Author, The Real Santa
"Don't overthink yourself out of greatness! Overthinking almost kept me from tackling the enormous issue of Santa Claus diversity with my new book, THE REAL SANTA. I'm glad it didn't! "
More About Me
Tell us about your career journey and how you ended up here.
At the beginning of my on-air hosting career, I got great advice from media coach Barbara Barna to write a book to solidify myself as an expert in my niche of women's empowerment and body image. That led to a successful career in nonfiction self-help health books. When I became a mother, I wanted to extend my publishing activism to children's literature. Thus, BEDTIME BONNET and THE REAL SANTA were born!
Describe yourself in 5-7 words.
I'm a ridiculously hard furker - that's a word I made up that's a combination of fun and work, 'cause creating books and toys is work, but super fun. I LOVE TO FURK!
Tell us about a time when you thrived at work, and what you learned about yourself from that experience.
At the New York Times, I'm the beauty and health product expert reviewer for Wirecutter. One of my favorite assignments has been to test bath bombs, which is amazing, because I tend to always shower to save time - my kids were the ones who got to take baths! However, for this guide, I "had" to treat myself to over 30 baths in a short period of time...and in doing so realized that I deserve - and love - baths just as much as my kids! Here's the review if looking for good bath bombs for yourself or as a gift: https://www.nytimes.com/
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of being a creator is the good fortune I have to see ideas in my head come to fruition! When the first BEDTIME BONNET toy design landed in my email inbox, I was GIDDY! I'm looking forward to more toys, more books, more TV shows created from my IP, and more FURK! 🙂
How about when you "turn off" and go home? Any hobbies or fun activities you are involved in?
I feel lucky that my career is my hobby - so when I take breaks from working on my projects, I spend much of my free time helping others figure out how to get their passions onto the page and beyond. Talking about books and toys and being creative never gets old!
Any must-read, must-watch or must-follow recommendations?
Follow and support our fellow WIT members! Two of note: I'm super proud of Kiara Williams for all that she's doing with LikeUCards, and also my new WIT friend Karen Kilpatrick, who's doing incredible things herself in the toy and book spaces!
Anything else you want to share with the WIT Community?
WiT is the B-E-S-T! <3