A Little about Cotton Candy Playground,
Cotton Candy Playground is a multi-faceted collection of children's books, stationery, and apparel focused on self love and acceptance.
It is more than a brand, it is a celebration of diversity and individuality-- a representation of ALL of us! Whether you are reading it, writing it, or wearing it, the message is the same; I LOVE me! and that's all that matters!Our little talk,
I was very excited when I found your book. About a year ago, my twin girls came home and said they wanted yellow straight hair. At that moment, I realized that I needed to celebrate the curls that they had. That was the moment that I decided that I wanted to wear my natural hair so that they can see that mommy had curly hair like their beautiful hair. To find a book that is similar to my story was amazing.
So Nicole, please tell us a little about yourself.
This question is always tricky because there is so much more to people than what they can give you in a two sentence nugget... But here goes :). I'm a married mother of 3 w/ one in the oven. I'm a former athlete who loves competition. I love good people, good food, and all things artistic. Oh, and if you're playing Dominoes or Taboo you want me on your team, lol.
What was your inspiration to write, I Love My Cotton Candy Hair?
3 years ago, when my oldest daughter was 3 and a half, she can home from a play date crying and saying she wanted her hair to be straight and yellow. I figured there would come a time where my girls, like everyone, would struggle with insecurity but I never imagined it would begin so soon. It was heartbreaking! My husband and I started looking for books, not necessarily about hair, but about self love and acceptance but we had trouble finding them for 3 year olds. After about a year of searching I took matters into my own hands.
How long did it take you to write and illustrate this book?
Did you have any experience in writing and illustration?
How does Charlie feel about being a part of such a great book?
There aren’t many books that encourage brown girls (we come in many different colors and ethnicities), were you afraid to take that leap?
What advices to do you have for someone wanting to write a c book celebrating the skin they are in?
When should we expect the next book in your series?
That's tough. Hopefully it will be this year. I am a self published author and because I finance, promote and market my own projects I have to be patient and make sure everything is in place. I wish I could release it now but there's still work to be done with "I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair!" I can't begin working to push a second project when this first one still has so far to go.
Lastly, where can we find your book and merchandise? Yes, Nikki also has stationary and apparel. It is beautiful!
Thank you! I am so excited about the stationery and apparel lines. You can find all the goodies I have to offer at www.cottoncandyhair.com.