Author Profile: Sandra L. Richards

It's the middle of the week and time for another interview with one of our authors. Meet the author of Rice & Rocks, Sandra L. Richards. 

Sandra L. Richards is the debut picture book author of Rice & Rocks. With Rice & Rocks, Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. An American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, she hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity. Sandra completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at Seton Hall University and is the Executive Director, Head of Diverse and Multicultural Marketing, Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley. Learn more about Sandra at www.sandralrichards.com.

Sandra L. Richards is the debut picture book author of Rice & Rocks. With Rice & Rocks, Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. An American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, she hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity. Sandra completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at Seton Hall University and is the Executive Director, Head of Diverse and Multicultural Marketing, Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley. Learn more about Sandra at www.sandralrichards.com.

What in Rice & Rocks will surprise or excite your readers?

Readers will have a curious excitement about the adventure as they explore the adventure with Giovanni, Auntie and Jasper. They will be surprised by who they meet along the way!


Do you have a favorite line or quote from your book?

I am biased, there are so many! If I had to choose, it would be when Giovanni says at the dinner table, "Rice and Rocks ROCK!"  

Is there something you want to share about your inspiration for writing this book?

This book was written based on a conversation I had with my nephew, who passed away at the age of 8 several years ago. As I would replay the fun times I had with him, the one about 'rice and rocks' remain front and center. I had struggled for a long time thinking about ways to keep his memory alive, not only for me but for my family. Then inspiration struck me when I came across a quote by Maya Angelou, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."  I took pen to paper and "Rice & Rocks" was born!


Any exciting events coming up you'd like to share?

There are a number of scheduled events. I am excited about the school visits that are planned across the country. I am also looking forward to being a guest lecturer in a Children's Literature class at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY. 

You can purchase Sandra’s book in the following ways:

Amazon

Hue-Man Bookstore

Or at your favorite local independent bookstore!