Takisha Payne is a children’s author from Manassas, Virginia with a passion for shaping the the lives of young children. Her current book Bitsy Bop wants to Hippity Hop is currently available at Barnes & Nobles, Amazon, Mascotbooks.com and abebooks.com.
What inspired you to write Bitsy Bop wants to Hippity Hop?
My inspiration behind Bitsy Bop wants to Hippity Hop is letting children know from a young age, that they can achieve anything in this world. All it takes is the ability to believe in yourself.
Though a children’s book, Bitsy Bop…. could inspire adults as well in our opinion, but what do you want readers to take away from the book?
I want readers to know that it is never too late to conquer your dreams. If you have dreamt it, anything is possible.
Do you identify with Bitsy Bop in some way? Or were you once discouraged about something by someone but went on to pursue it anyway?
I, myself identify with Bitsy in more ways than one. It took me a while to understand that writing children’s books and uplifting people is what I am called to do. I was discouraged many times when trying to get this book published. I heard so many “no’s” before I finally received the one “yes”.
We love the fact that the characters are Black and dancing is such a big part of our culture. Will future books have Black characters as well?
My future books will be well diverse. There will be an array of characters from African American, Caucasian, Asian, Arabic, etc. Growing up I had the privilege of living around a “melting pot” of many different nationalities, and that is exactly what I would like to focus my characters around.
Did you incur any obstacles while publishing your book, and if so, how did you overcome them?
There were many obstacles in publishing this book, because I am a first time author, many people did not want to give you a chance. To overcome those types of obstacles you just have to believe in your work and keep trying until you get a “yes”, or if no one will give you the “yes” you are looking for I would suggest self-publishing. No one will believe in your own work like you will. Sometimes people have to see you final product before they will hop on board with you and your project. Do not let anyone ever stop you from achieving what you were created for in this world.
Tell us a little about your upcoming tour?
We are currently working on the possibility of bringing Bitsy to a city near you. Stay tuned and hopefully you will see us in a city near you.
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