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with Dianne Burckhardt


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Takiyha Smith

Author of the I Love Me! Colorful and Creative Coloring Books

S3 EP 127: July 17th

Hello My Happy People,


If you have been following along this season, you know inclusion and representation has been a big theme for us. It is important for anyone to see people like themselves in books, but it is especially true for children. My guest today brings fun, creative, and empowering images to children with her I Love Me! Colorful and Creative coloring books for girls and boys.


When Takiyah Smith began planning her business career, being the author of inspirational and empowering coloring books for children’s was not originally part of her plan. This native San Franciscan attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) where she earned her degree in Merchandise Product Development.     


While her field of study was originally fashion, the business education Takiyah received at FIDM proved to be transferable once she decided to become an entrepreneur. Takiyah began working with a few local, traditionally published authors. She helped them with promoting their books and with scheduling book signing events. This gave Takiyah a glimpse into the the pros and cons of working with traditional publishing houses.


When Takiyah decided to write and publish her own work, she did seek out a few of the smaller traditional publishing houses, but was not inspired to pursue that path. This experience taught her the main benefit traditional publishers provided new, unknown authors was their large distribution chain. However, Takiyah knew it was possible to work directly with retail outlets to get her books in front of her target market. 


Takiyah credits the global pandemic as being an aid that allowed her to shift her focus to her own publishing career. But why not hear her full story from the author herself. Just click the purple microphone to go listen now.


Read more about Takiyah and all our authors from June and July in the current issue of Book Banter Magazine (link above).

Future Guests

Summer Sizzles

with June/July Reading Suggestions


June 5th - July 31st Episodes

        S3 EP 121: Mark L. Redmond, Adult and Middle Grade Author of The Box M Gang
        Mark's Website


        S3 EP 122: Ray Sheehan, Cookbook Author of Big Green Egg Basics From A Master Barbecuer
        Ray's Linktree


        S3 EP 123: S.B. Goncarova, Author of The Adventures with Abba Series
        S.B.'s Linktree


        S3 EP 124: J.R. Sanders, Author of The Nate Ross Novels 

        J.R.'s Website

       S3 EP 125: Andreea Rus, Children's Book Author of See or Guess, Sheep Stuffed with Sleep

       and more! 

       Andreea's Amazon Author Page

       S3 EP 126: Darlene Dziomba, Author of The Lily Dreyfus Mysteries

       Darlene's Website


       S3 EP 127: Takiyah Smith, Author of  I Love Me! Colorful and Creative: Empowering Coloring

       Book Series for Girls and Boys

       Takiyah's Website


July 24th​ 
        S3 EP 128: Andrew Najberg, YA Horror Author of The Neverborn Thief

        Andrew's Website


July 31st​
        S3 EP 129: Lina Hart, YA Author of Beyond Power: A Supernatural Sci-Fi Romance

       Lina's Website

Memoirs & More

coming in Aug./Sept. episodes


August 7th - September 25th Episodes

Aug. 7th 
        S3 EP 130: Gerardo Bloise, Author of CSI The Casey Anthony Child Murder Case
        Gerardo's Forensic Website


Aug. 14th
        S3 EP 131: Heidi McIntyre, Author of Sea Magic
        Heidi's Website


Aug. 21st 
        S3 EP 132: Sheila Lowe, Author of Growing from the Ashes (A Memoir) and The Claudia Rose Series (Thrillers) 
        Sheila's Website


Aug. 28th 
        S3 EP 133: Kausar Ahmed, Cookbook Author of The Karachi Kitchen: Classic and Contemporary Flavors of Pakistan

        Kausar's Website

Sept. 4th 
       S3 EP 134: Jelaine Lombardi, Author of Running Around Naked: A Memoir 

       and more! 

       Jelaine's Website

Sept. 11th  ​ 
       S3 EP 135: David Weill, Author of All that Really Matters (Fiction), and Exhale: Hope, Healing, and a Life in Transplant (A Memoir)

       David's Website


Sept. 18th 
       S3 EP 136: Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, Author of  Daughter of a Promise

       Jeanne's Website


Sept. 25th 
        S3 EP 137: Mary P. Fisher, Author of The Other Side of Nursing - Lessons I Learned from my Patients

        Mary's Website


Did You Catch Our Special 100th episode?
Jan. 10th, Special Guest, Pedro (P.R.) Burckhardt

(Now Streaming)

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