It's important to recognize that self-awareness is not only about what we notice about ourselves but also how we notice and monitor our inner world. The non-judgmental quality is an essential component to self-awareness. Author and speaker, Areia Cobb believes that if self-love and identity are instilled in children, they will grow to be adults who know, believe in and love who they are!
The following are the words of Areia Cobb, author of "My Kind of Me," "Real Imagination"” and Founder of MKoM: Social Emotional Learning thru Literacy, an educational program utilized in Elementary Schools across the country.
Q:If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
A:I would tell my younger self to not put myself in a box, and don’t allow any writing opportunities to pass.
Q:How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
A:While publishing my first book opened my eyes to the possibilities my writing can bring, my process stayed the same. I write when it flows. I have never forced my writing, and I stick to that.
Q:What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
A:The best money I ever spent as a writer was the money to publish and promote my first book with a four-day tour.
Q:What does literary success look like to you?
A:Literary success to me looks like minds opened and lives changed because of my words.
Q:How do you select the names of your characters?
A:My characters are named after my children.
Q:What is your favorite childhood book?
A:My favorite childhood book is A Pocket for Corduroy.
Q:What does "Representation" mean to you?
A:To me, representation means staying true to the person I see everyday in the mirror. It is important to me that children that look like me see themselves reflected in the pages of my books.
Q:Where can our readers find your book(s)?
A: Readers can find my books at www.areiacobb.com