Olivia the Pig and Dr. Ruth?

June 1, 2017

I woke up at the crack of dawn again for no reason. No alarm, just excitement! Today was another bucket list item—take a morning jog in Central Park. I just wondered the park, looking and thinking I could have been in the parks back home if I hadn’t looked over the treetops and saw skyscrapers. It was a perfect spring morning. I came up on a gentleman that played the most beautiful version of “All of Me” by John Legend on his guitar. I took pics of things I had only seen on tv and in movies. I found a secluded little area by the lake and sat looking at the scenery, letting it soak in. I was in Central Park! Even though I could have sat there for hours, I had to get back. Books Expo 2017 was beginning!

First day of Book Expo 2017. I was warned beforehand that this place was huge and jam packed with more books than anyone could imagine. A book lovers dream! As I am going up the escalators to the floor, I felt the energy taking hold again. WOW, it was huge. All the biggest publishing houses were there from all over the globe. Book Expo is the biggest book event in the WORLD and I am here with MY book. WHAT??? I stopped by the SBG booth and it looked amazing! The SBG Team has worked so hard for so many months to get this to fruition. Authors were lined up in booths to give out their book and sign autographs. I saw Maria Shriver and Gabrielle Union, all signing their new books. Oh, and don’t forget my pic with Olivia the Pig! She was the “biggest” star there! I was still roaming when I saw this tiny little person taking a pic with someone. I looked closer and it was DR. RUTH! I hung out a minute and asked if she would take a picture with me. She smiled and said, of course! I had high shoes on, but at 5’3”, I towered over her!!!! And I gave HER a little advice…wink. wink.

That evening, Storybook Genius Publishing hosted an amazing dinner at a quaint little Italian Restaurant. We had a wonderful dinner, drinks, and I finally got to meet my fellow SBG authors. Best thing is the Sole Sisters had made me custom Hey Mom Chucks and had then sent to NYC so I could wear them there. I got them that night, put them on immediately and didn’t take them off the rest of the time I was in NYC.

Great time, but oddly, I started feeling physically really bad. My throat was closing up and my nose was clogged. Great. The night before my big day, I was getting sick. I just got more miserable as the night went on. I tried to be myself, but it was a struggle. I got back to the hotel, made my nightly TS (Times Square) stroll and crashed…I had to be at my booth at 9 a.m. This was it. MY TIME. - Cari

Olivia the Pig and Dr. Ruth
Olivia the Pig and Dr. Ruth
hey mom can you storybook genius publishing


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Cari Pointer

About the Author

Cari Pointer

Cari Pointer first became interested in writing children’s books while taking a creative writing class during high school in the small southern town of Puxico, Missouri. She went on to attend Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, where her career interests turned toward helping ensure the safety and welfare of children. Cari has been working as a child welfare advocate for the State of Missouri for over a decade. In addition to working full time as a professional child welfare advocate, she is the mother of two growing boys. Her boys inspired the Hey Mom book series with their endless amount of the “hey mom, can yous”. In 2015, with the support of her husband and two boys, Cari decided to pursue her dream of writing her first children’s book. With her role as a published children’s book author, Cari has a new tool to use in her continued advocacy for children. Cari encourages other aspiring authors to live a life with “Big Dreams, No Regrets”, as she has. Follow her Hey, Mom blog http://www.sbgpublishing.com/category/hey-mom-blog/

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