Dorena Williamson's journey to becoming a writer was an unexpected one and began when she as a mom noticed a dearth of literature that offered the representation for her Black children. And if she did find books that featured characters of color, the faith element was missing. So she began praying, "God, how can you use me to have an impact in this area of addressing race and colorblindness?" The answer to this prayer was that Dorena became a children's author, starting with her 2018 book ColorFull: Celebrating the Colors God Gave Us. She is now one of the featured authors in the inaugural year of IVP Kids with her newest book The Celebration Place which offers a captivating vision of the church as God intended. You will love hearing from this delightful, faithful writer who has had to push against everything from imposter syndrome to apathy about racial issues in the industry, and in so doing has created books that both children and adults can treasure.
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Maila Kim, Co-Host
Maila is a marketing manager at IVP; she holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature and a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. in Christian Formation & Ministry with a concentration in Bible & Theology from Wheaton College Graduate School. She enjoys photography, growing and caring for her plants, and listening to podcasts such as This American Life, Invisibilia, and Unlocking Us. Follow Maila on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Helen Lee, Producer and Creator
Helen Lee is the associate director of strategic partnerships and initiatives; she has a B.A. from Williams College in bioethics, and M.A. from Wheaton College Graduate School in interdisciplinary studies; and an MBA from Babson College in entrepreneurship. She enjoys reading novels by authors of color, finding spots of natural beauty wherever she can, and listening to podcasts such as Serial, The Rewatchables, Filmspotting, and The Disrupters. You can find Helen on Twitter and Instagram @HelenLeeBooks.