Author, Humanitarian, and mompreneur Christina Wilds talks to Sheen Magazine about her children’s book, Dear Little Black Girl. Wilds’ mission is to inspire and motivate the next generation of black women to be their best selves and continue to do so throughout their journey in womanhood. We here at Sheen are delighted to share Christina Journey of self love, affirmations and inspiring the next generations.
What inspired you to write Dear Little Black Girl? Is it inspired by personal experience growing up?
Let me say first, I had an amazing childhood! I think what we learn as we go through life is ultimately based on the choices we make, and not the ones our parents make for us. For me, even with an amazing childhood, some of the personal decisions I made definitely inspired me to write Dear Little Black Girl. I was in a weird space, and this letter to my younger self, became a letter that I wanted to share with other Black girls.
What was the writing process like when writing this book?
Honestly, the writing part was easy, because I literally was speaking to myself. It came from the heart, so it wasn’t difficult to put it on paper. The more difficult part was the creative side of things. I originally had a concept that I was going for as far as illustrations, and that didn’t work out. It took 2 years to find an illustrator that opened my mind up to a different concept that worked and that I loved!
Who inspires you?
My mother, my mother in law, my grandmothers, my aunts, my sisters and my good girl friends. Essentially all of the beautiful women in my life who’s individual journeys are amazing to watch and be inspired by. Not that I don’t have celebrity people to public figures that inspire me, but it starts with home. It starts with those personal connections. The stories of the women directly connected to me. I learn so much from the women around me. Whether it be about motherhood, wifehood entrepreneurship, overcoming obstacles, etc… These women have wisdom and have all touched my heart in some way. They have all inspired me in some way. I am so grateful for these women.
What do you want readers to acquire from your book?
Considering my demographic with Dear Little Black Girl are young Black girls, I want them to take these affirmations with them through life. I want them to be in a better place than the generations before them. I want to inspire them to be their best selves and continue to do so throughout their journey in womanhood.
What are you most proud of accomplishing in your career so far?
Ok, so I founded a children’s book club named after my daughter, Tristyn’s Book Club. Thanks to her village, within 2 months, we were able to land on Beyonce’s website as one of the businesses listed in her Juneteenth directory. Within a year we landed a partnership with the legendary Scholastic. Creating a legacy for my daughter before she even turned 1 is what I am most proud of thus far. Her name and what she is already known for will have a lasting impact for generations to come.
Are there any new collaborations/books we can look forward to?
I am working on my next children’s book. Praying to have it out by the end of 2022!
Where can our readers purchase your book?
They can actually purchase it from my daughter’s bookstore!
If you would like to purchase “Dear Little Black Girl” click the link and also leave a review to let Wilds know your thoughts on her inspirational children’s book!
All images by Dalia Frazier