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Check Out Shanequa Waison-Rattray’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shanequa Waison-Rattray.

Hi Shanequa, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I am a wife, a mother of two, and a graduate of Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD. Growing up, I’ve always loved reading. I would also have a journal and write whatever came to mind. While in middle school, my love of reading increased, as I was able to read books and see the theater plays associated with them.

Since then, I wanted to write books of my own. I love watching my children read and seeing the excitement that they get from it. Because of this, I want to share my passion for reading with not only my own children but others, also.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road to becoming an author has had some challenges. I wanted to make sure that my story was captivating enough for children to enjoy. Networking and getting to know other authors had helped me tremendously because I can see how different but the same we all are. It has helped with my research and also expand my growth as a writer.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a children’s book author. The title of my book is called, Kerin finds her beat. It is a book that promotes self-confidence, encouragement, and believing in yourself. In today’s world, especially with social media, it is so hard for our young children to have confidence in themselves.

They see images of what society says that we should look like or even torn down for being themselves. I wrote this book to show how the main character had self-doubt. She was faced with a situation where she didn’t believe that she could complete the task. Eventually, through motivation and hard work, she was able to succeed.

How do you think about luck?
I wouldn’t say luck. I do believe that God’s intentions for my life are set. When the timing is right, He will make it happen. And that He did! When I first started the journey as a writer, I procrastinated and kept putting it off. Finally one day, I asked myself, “What am I waiting for? Just do it!” Having my book published was something that I prayed for and it happened.

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