Friends! I have BIG NEWS!
In honor of the power of the words of women to affect change and culture, I’m so excited to share the good news that my first book, That’s What She Said: Wise Words from Influential Women, published by the HarperCollins imprint HarperWave, is now available for pre-order! Your support of this ongoing passion project means EVERYTHING to me. And it is my utmost desire to elevate this diverse group of revolutionary women into our mainstream culture - so that their faces and stories are known to us all.
To receive the discount code, email me your receipt/proof of purchase. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some real straight talk: For a first time new author, it is especially important when you pre-order books as it determines whether they make bestsellers lists. Your purchase now has a big impact on my career as an author/illustrator (I love you and thank you - in advance). I'd like to make many more books that uplift the narratives of women and you can directly help me do that.
That's What She Said is a collection of fifty illustrated watercolor portraits and hand-lettered quotes featuring diverse, powerful women throughout history and present-day including - Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Virginia Woolf, Oprah, Malala Yousafzai, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and more! A brief, unconventional bio accompanies each portrait.
That's What She Said was a personal project I began post-election night after feeling completely gutted that our nation wasn't ready for its first female president. I thought of my mother, Merri Louise Asebedo, my muse and inspiration for what it meant to be a strong, phenomenal woman. I wondered what she would say in these times when the words and stature of women in our society were again undermined. Then I began thinking of other women who have come before us, who spoke their truths and stood tall in the face of unsurmountable circumstances. How did they do it? How did they find the courage? Alas, I began painting their portraits and words, listening to podcasts about their lives while I studied their faces intently - usually paired with whiskey, lit candles and tears into the late night hours. It was my therapy. And the process of spending time each day with them gave me a renewed sense of strength and hope - strength and hope that I knew I had to share with other women and the world, immediately. It felt urgent.
This book has energy and purpose. It is an invitation to consider your own voice on the matters you feel most strongly called to speak upon - an invitation to speak your own truth. Our words have power. Our stories can change others. And, standing together with the women of the past and present, we can change the world - we can shape the course of herstory!