Exploring with a Young Author

After a car accident Qiana Farres went all in towards a new career path. She is now a published author. She shares how creativity can enlighten people of all ages. Originally published July 2020.

 

Often in life, obstacles get in the way of how we envision our future to be. These obstacles and the ability to adjust constantly affect making, breaking, or creating change to our goals. For Qiana Farres, it took a car accident to pursue her calling in life, which is her business aspirations.


The 22-year-old entrepreneur released her first book, titled "Kids Who Create," this past May and has been receiving a lot of positive feedback in the process.

Farres's book is aimed at children ages 7-11 but fun for all ages. The interactive children's book features her hand-drawn illustrations as she tells her story about her life. "Kids Who Create" also encourages readers to tell their own stories within the book and be as creative as possible.


Complete with spaces for fill-in-the-blank sentences, the book blends reading, writing, and drawing to create a fun but informative experience.


Although she has always had a passion for creating through writing and drawing, Farres never considered it an option for a career. Attending Bergen Community College as a nursing major, Farres had to switch to a business major due to injuries suffered from her accident.


"People forget how physically demanding being a nurse actually is," Farres explained. "Here I am as a 22-year-old with the injuries of a woman in her mid-40s. There goes a big chunk of my nursing career."


As she was in the process of recovering from her injuries, Farres used the opportunity to start reading and writing more. After noticing a shift in her writing to something more emotionally explicit, Farres wanted to share what she learned about herself to help inspire others.


"I started putting all these creative ideas together, and by the time I was done, it [became] a nice book," Farres said.

"It was my aunt's idea to turn this story into a children's book."


The book begins with a contract called "Creator Agreement." The agreement includes banning the words "I can't" while also assuring readers that they are intelligent and capable of anything.

The contract also assures readers that the book is a safe space while also promising to use their creative abilities for good things. After customizing your "creator pass" to enter the book, the fun begins.


From there, activities range from readers drawing their family to spaces to describe how someone has made them feel special. Each activity has Farres telling her experience with the topic as the reader learns more about who she is. She takes more of a conversational approach to writing, making the book easy to read.


After the COVID-19 quarantine is over, Farres plans on taking her book on tour to various elementary schools. She also has plans of releasing another book, but for an older audience. Down the line, she sees herself owning multiple businesses and starting a mentoring group with "Kids Who Create."


"I believe that everybody can be creative. You have to find the right niche that works for you," Farres said. "I've had the privilege of having supportive family and friends. It's been incredible."

You can follow Qiana Farres on Instagram @qforqiana

You can follow “Kids Who Create” on Instagram @kwc.xyz.

You can purchase her book, “Kids Who Create” at www.kidswhocreate.xyz




Photo credit to Curtis Gaines III

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