Celebrating Mothers Who Are Authors, Melody Goliday
With Mother’s Day around the corner, we’re looking to highlight moms who also share their gifts with the world through entrepreneurship. We interviewed Melody Goliday about her book as well as her favorite title, mom.
Melody is an author that has always used writing to express herself. She hopes to inspire every little girl to always be the best version of themselves by providing confidence through each published book. Melody holds many titles, in which Mom is one. She is a girl-mom to a beautiful daughter and always instills the importance of self-love. Her goal is to also instill self-love and confidence in other little girls as they enjoy her books.
Tell us about yourself. Where’d you grow up? Where do you live now? What was your childhood like?
My name is Melody. I grew up in Severn, Md, and now reside in Odenton, Md. I would like to say I had a very pleasant childhood. Although my mother was a young mom she made sure we didn’t experience a childhood that we would have to recover from. Our household was built on love. She made sure that we knew she loved us and that we should love one another. My mother was very big on showing love and instilling confidence in us. I am now a mother of a 6yr old little girl and passing on the same parenting. It’s important for my daughter to know to love herself and others.
Who do you feel is your target audience?
My target audience would be parents of African American little girls that are in elementary school.
What do you define as success?
I believe that success has different definitions depending on the person. For me success would be being genuinely happy! Happy with yourself and the people around you. Success would be waking up in the morning and realizing all the things you have prayed for you now have and being grateful for how far you’ve come.
What was the inspiration behind your book?
Ariane Nutter, my daughter. Of course, our children motivate us and push us to levels that we didn’t think were obtainable. However, as an adult experiencing different emotions and challenges during my self-love journey I knew I wanted to write a book for young African American girls like my daughter inspiring them to love themselves and always believe in themselves.
How do you differentiate your business from the competition?
I honestly don’t view others as competition. As a new author, I have joined groups with the goal of learning from other authors.
What’s your best piece of advice for aspiring and new authors?
Do it! Don’t wait, don’t think you aren’t ready, don’t worry about being supported. Just do it! I had so many doubts, I was nervous about posting and sharing with the world. Until I realized if I didn’t do it one day it would never get done. The only way you could fail yourself is not believing in yourself.
Who is your business role model? Why?
I don’t have a business role model. Because I know that everyone has different goals. What’s for me will be for me. I applaud all entrepreneurs because the journey is never as easy as it looks.
What do you have planned for the next six months?
Right now I am more focused on my career in Information Technology. I recently received my bachelor’s degree in Computer Networking & Cybersecurity on July 21. I am very eager to become a black woman in tech! Once I have obtained that goal for myself I do plan to go back to writing.
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