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Local Authors’ Tea

Local Authors’ Tea

The vocation of writing is often times a lonely one. You sit for hours upon hours by yourself sifting through character traits, plot twists an story lines. Therefore, it could be beneficial to surround yourself with like-minded people from time to time. You can learn so much and gain new, exciting perspectives by communication with people who share a similar vision.

(L to R) Briana Whitaker, Krystal Grant, Kimberly Griffith Massey, Monique Gibson Sandiford

(L to R) Briana Whitaker, Krystal Grant, Kimberly Griffith Massey, Monique Gibson Sandiford

That’s why I was thrilled to participate in a Local Authors’ Tea and Book Signing in South Carolina a few weeks ago. This event brought nine authors together along with a host of attendees to talk about our careers as writers, the writing process and our various paths to publication.

Krystal Grant

The Local Authors’ Tea and Book Signing was remarkable and I hope it becomes an annual event. Thanks so much to Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church for hosting.

Career Day at LPA

Career Day at LPA

Each year schools around the country invite  professionals to  volunteer their time on Career Day. On this day, people from all working paths show up in classrooms to introduce students to their work-lives.

It was my joy to speak to these groups of 3rd graders at Leadership Preparatory Academy about my life as a writer. I made authors sound very fancy! The students asked me if I was famous!

The classes had a chance to read Poppy and The Play Date and Going on A Bear Hunt. I also brought along a few friends (Little Bill, a Sneetch, the Blue Fish) for them to play with. We had an awesome time. I look forward to visiting the school for many years to come.

If you’d like me to speak to your group or organization fill out the contact form using the navigation buttons at the top of the page.

The Teacher Self-Care Conference

The Teacher Self-Care Conference

There are so many people who have a desire to become a published author. I understand the feeling. For years and years I held the ambition of publishing my work. Now, as a four-time published author, I jump at the opportunity to tell others what I’ve learned.

The Teacher Self Care Conference Krystal GrantTeacher Self Care Conference Krystal Grant

The Teacher Self Care Conference Krystal Grant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently had the opportunity to share my knowledge with a group of educators. The Teacher Self Care Conference, held in Atlanta and sponsored by The Educator’s Room, brought together professionals from all sectors of education. Teachers, administrators, and curriculum specialists assembled for a day of workshops all geared towards enhancing their lives outside of the classroom.

The Teacher Self Care Conference Krystal Grant

My workshop, Passion vs. Profession, helped attendees navigate their way through the publishing industry and gave them tools they need to publish and market their manuscripts.

It was a joy presenting at The Teacher Self Care Conference. I’m excited about next year!

Jack and Jill Literacy Event

Jack and Jill Literacy Event

This past weekend the Stone Mountain Chapter of Jack and Jill of America held its annual Black History Month Literacy event. There, attendees were introduced to children’s book authors and illustrators like myself.

Krystal GrantIt was such a fun time spending the morning with young people. I got an opportunity to read Poppy and The Play Date and work on some fun arts and crafts with the kids.

Krystal GrantI also spoke to their parents about my journey into book publishing and the writing process. I’m so thankful to have met so many new readers. A big hug goes out to the Jack and Jill of America for the invitation. I hope to see you all again next year!Krystal Grant

Dekalb Library’s Book Club Conference

Dekalb Library’s Book Club Conference

Sometimes God allows me to experience a little slice of Heaven. That happened last Saturday when I spoke at the Dekalb Public Library’s Jubilee of Reading Book Club Conference. Book lovers from surrounding counties joined together at Stonecrest Library in Lithonia to celebrate local and national authors.

Krystal Grant speaks at Dekalb Library's Jubilee of Reading Book Club Conference

Krystal Grant speaks at Dekalb Library’s Jubilee of Reading Book Club Conference

Krystal Grant speaks at the Dekalb Library's Jubilee of Reading Book Club Conference

Krystal Grant speaks at the Dekalb Library’s Jubilee of Reading Book Club Conference

I was blessed to be one of the featured authors. I had such an amazing time reading excerpts from my books and meeting new readers. The response was wonderful. I was literally floored by the warm reception I received from the 150 attendees.

Dekalb Library's Myguail Chappel and Author Krystal Grant

Dekalb Library’s Myguail Chappel and Author Krystal Grant

A huge thanks goes out to Myguail Chappell and the Dekalb Public Library staff for an excellent event. I can’t wait until next year!

Authors Reshonda Tate Billingsly and Krystal Grant

Authors Reshonda Tate Billingsly and Krystal Grant

Authors Kenn Bivins and Krystal Grant

Authors Kenn Bivins and Krystal Grant

Authors Tia McCollors and Krystal Grant

Authors Tia McCollors and Krystal Grant

 

My New Children’s Book

My New Children’s Book

Poppy and the Play DateToday is an incredible day. It is the culmination of two years of planning, hoping for, working on, and strategizing a dream. Let me give you a brief back story…..

In September 2014 my children and I sat at our dining room table completing their homework assignments. I looked up from my computer and said to them, “Yall, I want to write a children’s book.” They didn’t pay much attention to me because they’ve become accustomed to their mother having grandiose ideas and creating goals myself.

I continued, “What can the book be about?” This question opened the flood gates of their minds and by the end of the night, we had the skeleton for what would turn out to be a full blown children’s book.

I knew in that moment that this story had to be published. Its publication wouldn’t be for my benefit, but for theirs. I wanted to show my children how an inkling of an idea can turn into something real.

So, two years later, after much thinking, planning and organizing I now have a tangible product as an example to my children that they can, indeed, do anything they set their minds to.

This book brings me an incredible amount of pride and satisfaction. I hope it serves as an inspiration to all the little children sitting criss cross apple sauce on their classroom carpets listening to their teachers read. I hope that this book make a child’s night time routine a little calmer. I hope this book makes you smile.

Happy reading, friends.