Ebony Troncoso | Children’s author
What was your first introduction to literature?
I was first introduced to literature when I was very young. My mother had a mini-library for my sister and I, and she would read to us at night. I vividly remember my mom reading stories to us that displayed African American families. I loved that because all the little girls were brown like me and had braids just like me.
Talk about the process of honing your skills and technique as a writer while being an undergraduate student at Lehman College.
Being an English Literature major at Lehman College helped to strengthen my writing skills. In my junior year alone, I was taking 5 classes and had an essay due every single week for at least 3 of them. This type of rigor allowed me to perfect my craft quickly.
Talk about those emotions when you released your first book, Mommy and Me, and then your second book, Best Friend First, Dad Second. Both books are needed today for a variety of reasons.
When I released Mommy And Me, it was surreal! I could not believe I published a book. The fact that my family and friends had no idea I was working on a book made it even more surreal. The amount of love and reviews the book received in the first week was amazing to me. But when I released Best Friend First, Dad Second, it was a bit more emotional for me. My dad and I have always been very close, so a few days before the release, he fell sick and was in the hospital for a month. This release was very emotional for me because of the unconditional love I have for my dad and the anxiety I felt to get the book out there. I wanted to tell the world that there are some great, black fathers out there who adore and take care of their children.
Both of your books, Mommy and Me and Best Friend First, Dad Second, have illustrations of black people on them. How important is it for young black children to see that type of representation on the books they read?
It was very important for me to release both books with African American families because books with black faces on them had a great effect on me when I was younger. I craved to see the great and adventurous things these young, black characters were doing within these stories. I want my readers to feel like they have that black magic to do anything they put their minds to.
Along with being a children’s author, you also own a book consulting company, Aspired Dreams LLC: Where Dreams Become Realities, which helps authors create and self-publish their own books. As an author, talk about the direction you plan to take Aspired Dreams LLC along with any other projects you’re working on.
I honestly started Aspired Dreams LLC by brainstorming ways I could honestly put my degree to use. As I thought about my own skills, I reflected on my journey to becoming an author and wished I had a consultant to help me guide me while publishing my book. This is how Aspired Dreams LLC was born. I plan to expand this company by continuing to increase the number of authors under my company’s umbrella. I just produced my 3rd book for a client and I’m working on a 4th and 5th one for my other clients. I want writers to know that somewhere in this world, people need to hear their stories and know that their talent of writing isn’t in vain. Alongside my company, I’m currently working on my 3rd book, which will be titled, Mom Has The Key to My Heart which will depict the love between a mother and her son. Moms always ask me when am I going to produce a book with a male character, so this one’s for them!