The Author and Artist Hour, March 8, 2022
The Author and Artist Hour with Kez Wickham St George and Toni Lontis
Guest today is Diana Smith and she is inspiring young minds, Diana is a self-published author of 3 children’s books with different illustrators.
Diana Smith is an early education professional, “mompreneur”, busy wife, and mother of two adorable kids, living and loving life in the gorgeous beachside town of Yanchep, Western Australia.
Originally from Dunedin in New Zealand, Diana’s love of reading came from her mum and big sister reading to her at an early age the wonderful stories of Winnie the Pooh and Beatrix Potter. Diana says “These authors inspired and influenced me greatly into me wanting to become a writer myself”.
It wasn’t until Diana met her now-husband (Kerry) while doing a writing course that Diana started believing that her dream of writing may become a reality. Daina showed the first draft of My Grateful Book to a friend who is now her agent and suddenly the dream took on a life of its own.
Diana is enjoying the good feedback so far and plans on producing an entire series focused on life lessons for small children.
Diana also enjoys her Ezzy Feet business where she puts flat comfortable ballet shoes in venues so at the end of the night when the ladies have sore feet from their high heel shoes there is an Ezzy Feet solution.
Welcome to the show Diana we are delighted to have you here today!
Questions for the Guest: Diana (these questions are a guide only and we may ask other questions as the show progresses – we like the show to remain fluid)
Kez. Why did you start writing children’s books? What inspired you to write for kids?
Toni Tell me about the Grateful series of books you wrote, what’s the aim, and why write about gratitude for kids?
Kez. The Bruiser series of books, tell the audience about Bruiser and Dash and why you wanted to write about these two little dogs and their adventures?
Toni. Your Favorite quote is “you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take one step at a time” why does this resonate with you, and what has it meant in your life?
Kez. What is it you'd like to share with the audience about writing kids' books?
Toni. Do you help others write children’s books? Are you available for workshops? Who are these for and what led to these workshops?
Kez. The book is written for everyone to read what are you hoping women take away from reading the book?
Toni, Can you tell the audience some of the key things you’ve learned about communication and its importance?
Kez How important do you see communication by reading books, in children’s lives?
Toni – Let’s briefly talk Ezzy Feet – Tell the audience about this little innovative solution for women?
Kez – Where can people buy the books?
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The Author and Artist Hour
Kez is ever the storyteller and a popular speaker at many local events; However mentoring others to tell their stories has become a large part of Kez’s life, running creative writing workshops for those that have a story to tell.
Encouraging and mentoring others to follow their passion for writing has resulted in four of her writing protégés becoming published authors. Kez also invites published authors in fiction to contact her, as she enjoys introducing their work to Facebook and Instagram by video.