JEFFERSONVILLE, Ohio – A mother and daughter went to a mall in Jeffersonville for something they had been planning for months, not to buy clothes, but to sell their own books.
What do you want to know
- A mother and daughter created a book fair to showcase Ohio’s independent authors
- Theresa Garee got her start as an author explaining her daughter’s skin condition to children at her school
- The book fair is Saturday, June 4 at Destination Outlets in Jeffersonville from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Pickerington duo have created a new book fair for freelance writers across Ohio.
Theresa Garee of Pickerington got her start as an author when her daughter, Nakota, started seeing spots on her skin and the kids at school started asking questions. It was vitiligo, a skin condition, and it was something Theresa and her family knew little about. Nakota’s classmates were also curious.
A boy asked Theresa about this when she visited the school in Nakota.
“He turned to me and said, ‘How come Nakota has all these spots? ‘” Garee said. “I realized then that I was sending my child to school to deal with this issue every day.”
Nakota was shy around his classmates.
“I was a bit of a cover-up. I didn’t really speak and I wasn’t myself, so I was just kind of in my own world,” Nakota said.
Theresa sat down and wrote the book and drew the pictures.
“So I’m not the best artist, but my goal with this book was to imagine Nakota exactly as her vitiligo spots were when I wrote the book,” Garee said.
It took him a whole year to put everything in place. But that was just the beginning.
“We were able to join a lot of Facebook groups with other parents who had a lot of the same questions and so those groups helped get our book out to more people,” Garee said.
After learning about the self-publishing process, Garee set to work on two more children’s books, in collaboration with Ohio-based artist Kat Hudson.
Despite selling hundreds of copies online, Theresa was struggling to get into book fairs that favored authors with traditional publishers, so she had an idea.
“I realized that a lot of self-published authors have to do their promotional work themselves,” she said. “And I thought why not take it a step further, so that self-published authors can get their books out to the public?”
Destination Outlets agreed to host the fair, and Theresa brought together a variety of authors from across Ohio, sharing their memoirs, children’s books, and more.
“There’s a lot of mystery and horror and things like that, so it’s going to be fun to see all the different writers come together with their genres and I’m really excited to get to know them all,” she said. .
The book fair is Saturday, June 4 at Destination Outlets in Jeffersonville from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit the book fair facebook event page.