Meet Kia Morgan Smith, she’s a mother of five, author, host of a new Internet talk show and has called Atlanta home for the last four years.
Like many others, Smith lost her full-time job earlier this year. The job loss was ultimately the catalyst for her first children’s book, Goony Goo-Goo and Ga-Ga Too! as well as a new talk show called REAL TALK with Kia on www.InternetFabulous.TV. The talk show, which debuts on July 14, will focus on real issues that people often don’t want to discuss but need to confront. Describing her show she says, “it pretty much covers the stuff you talk about with your friends and issues that make you really think about your circumstances. I will discuss topics that will certainly incite debate.”
One of her first guests will be best-selling author, Atlanta’s own Miasha Coleman. Coleman’s books include: Secret Society, Mommy’s Angels, and a newly released book with Lisa Wu Hartwell from the Real Wives of Atlanta.
As she gears up for her new show Smith shares her experiences of being a working mom.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I was a journalist for 15 years covering everything from education to politics before I decided to go back to school and become a teacher. I wanted to be proactive and go back into the classroom and make a difference as an educator. So I earned my Master’s degree from Cheyney University and started teaching.
2. What inspired you to write a children’s book?
My children actually were the inspiration for this book! When I had my son two years ago, two of my daughters were not happy about it!
They asked me why he was even here and what did he do? I thought it was hilarious and that always stuck in my mind. So I created the cutest little story about two girls who plot against their little baby brother and speak in a secret language to get him to do what they want. And Goony Goo-Goo and Ga-Ga Too! was born!
3. What was the process like? And do you plan on doing it again?
I really want to continue to write children’s books, but I definitely don’t want to do it unless I am picked up by a major publisher. It takes a lot of work to self publish and it’s difficult too if your budget is limited.
4. How did you shift from working full time outside of the home to working full time at home on your book?
I was fired from my teaching job in January. I was truly blind-sided and I found myself searching for a new career and it was at that time that I determined that I would live out my dream and do what I had always desired to do and that was to write a children’s book.
5. Being a mom of five children how do you make time for yourself?
Wow…Time for myself? Well, I don’t know if I have had that for a while! But I manage things very well because I make sure I run the house and the kids DON’T run me. Usually I put the kids to bed at a respectable time and then at that point my husband and I talk and relax and enjoy quiet time.
6. What has been the single most important lesson you’ve learned about balancing work and family?
Balancing work and family is not easy because one truly has to get more attention than the other. A lot of people put everything into work and their family life suffers. I really devote my all to my family because there is no compromise when it comes to them. But I have come to realize that if you have a stable family, then work will be much easier. And the fact that no one can truly focus if their home life is chaotic! So family first!
7. What’s the best part about being a working mother in Atlanta? And about raising children in Atlanta?
I LOVE it here. I think the best part of being in this area is the fact that I gave my children a home where they can run and play and breathe. It’s not a concrete jungle like in Philadelphia. And there are so many people doing big things in Atlanta. I like connecting with people and networking.
Goony Goo-Goo and Ga-Ga Too! is available on Smith’s website www.kiamorgansmith.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.com, Books-A-Million.com or Authorhouse.com for $13.95.
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