Tell your readers a little about yourselves, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Jeremy C. McCool is a media personality, college educator, author, and creative from Chicago, Illinois. McCool has hosted radio shows in multiple markets and is a scholar in the discipline of media studies. McCool obtained his bachelor’s degree in broadcasting, and master’s degree in communication from Western Illinois University. McCool currently teaches college courses ranging from radio production to podcasting. McCool began writing children’s books to reach black youth with positive imagery and messaging. McCool’s first book was Princess and The Power of Melanin, co-authored with Dr. Anthony McBride. He has made a commitment to empowering and entertaining through children’s media. Please see his website www.McCoolWorld.com.
Dr. Anthony McBride received his doctorate in education and a certificate in conflict resolution from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked in social services and juvenile justice for seventeen years. He is an expert in the field of community education and enjoys playing sports and spending time with his family. He is an Associate Professor at Western Illinois University School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. This is his sixth children’s book. His previous books include Shaheana, The Lost Cat, The Fish That Was Afraid to Swim, Willie the Whiskers and Princess and The Power of Melanin, co-authored with Jeremy C. McCool. You can find his books online and at his website www.DrMcBridechildrensbooks.com
What inspired you to coauthor this book?
We wanted to provide young girls with melanin skin to view it as a positive and not a negative.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
The book cover inspiration is a reflection of what all young children will experience hanging out being kids but also being assisted by a crossing guard. We wanted to highlight a diverse population of students fascinated by the magic of the character
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
I would say, our internal drive to promote and encourage literacy skills, empower self-esteem, and address colorism.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
Making sure the message delivered the right tone and balancing thoughts and ideas with the co-author.
Tell your readers about your book.
Princess & The Power of Melanin introduces a beautiful young girl named Princess. She has two loving parents who teach her to always love herself and her magical skin complexion. After going to school and being teased, she starts to doubt what her parents told her about the unique glow of her skin. She is then educated about the power of her melanin, how it protects her from the Sun, and learns that it is one of her many superpowers
Who is your target audience, and why?
Ages 5-11. This is a age children are prevalent to being teased, peer pressure, and academic challenges.
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
I would say one of the greatest success for both of us is writing this book
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
I believe we see a joint vision of reaching a population of readers that sometimes may be left out of the stories of feeling good about themselves and seeing themselves as superheroes.
FOLLOW THE AUTHORS
Instagram page #princessandthepowerofmelanin