Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Meet The Authors: Children's Book Authors Patrick & Shani Muhammad





South Florida based janitor turned serial entrepreneur, Patrick Muhammad took what some would call an unconventional route to his newest venture.  “What I do now has evolved.  It truly took my passion and has turned it into a profession for me. I can see myself mentoring and sharing my story with young people easily for the next 20 years.  I love talking to young people and showing them, what entrepreneurship looks like. I love sharing my stories of how I came to be.  I didn’t just wake up one day and have all the answers.  My wife and I bumped our head A LOT.  I just want to say to them, look…here’s the blueprint.  Start now, don’t wait until you’re 30.  Passion has no age requirement, and has no limit on how many you can have. I started out as a janitor, then became a baker now I am into motivational speaking. They just have to have the passion and guidance. Anything is possible.”

“Patrick Turns His Play Into Pay” is the 1st book in a series of children’s books authored by husband and wife writing partners, Shani and Patrick Muhammad. The idea for the book was created one night while trying to explain the reason there was a gigantic, neon, pink and orange food-truck, now sitting in their front yard to their then 4 year-old Qadeer.   Patrick and his wife came up with the idea that they would write a keepsake item for all their children, detailing the road they took to becoming entrepreneurs.  The primary message is simple. By tapping into your passion early in life you can turn your playdays into paydays.  Once the book was published they both realized that the story could not only inspire their own children to entrepreneurship, but others as well. Shani figured out how to self-publish it and Patrick would take it to different youth groups in his community.   “I began shopping the book around to childcare centers and non-profits that served young people in the projects and the adults loved it.  “They really loved the idea that it was based on a true story and that the message was coming from a black male perspective. A story their children could relate to.  The images were brown like them and I just always got a positive response.  We took that book everywhere with us, and the response was this is a message that’s needed.  Children can’t be what they can’t see.”
Patrick currently lives in South Florida with his wife and three of his youngest five children.  He has a passion for planting the seed of entrepreneurship and carving out wealth building opportunities for his children’s generation. When he’s not writing books he’s on tour, speaking to groups of young people about basic principles of financial literacy and the benefits of early investing using cryptocurrency as a vehicle to establish future financial goals. When he’s not doing that…he’s on a creek with a fishing pole in his hand.

Shani Muhammad has been married to Patrick for 17 years now.  Together they have 5 children and 3 grandchildren.   Shani has spent the past 15 years in a classroom as a teacher. She too is a serial entrepreneur and has in the past owned a one-price shoe store, group homes and several online businesses. When she’s not working on the next children’s book in their series, she too enjoys researching and investing in crypto currencies and planning her family’s next “staycation.”

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About the Book:

Title: PATRICK TURNS HIS PLAY INTO PAY
Author: Patrick Muhammad & Shani Muhammad
Publisher: 5 Star Publishing
Pages: 40
Genre: Children’s Book

BOOK BLURB:
The first book in a series, "Patrick Turns His Play Into Pay", details the journey of an entrepreneur, through the eyes of a child. The book uses vivid illustrations and lively words, to explain the road little Patrick took into the world of entrepreneurship.  It demonstrates the benefits of tapping into your passion early in life.  “Patrick” tapped into his passion of baking to help solve a money problem.  This book also shows the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.  You witness a 9-year old take the power and control of his future into his own hands. You also see what happens when “Patrick” finds help in a friend, to help grow his business. Above all, this book motivates both young and young at heart and serves as a reminder that we all have the ability to turn our playdays into paydays.


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What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

The idea for the book was created one night while trying to explain the reason there was a gigantic, neon, pink and orange food-truck, now sitting in their front yard to our youngest at Qadeer. He was 4 at the time.   My wife and I came up with the idea that we would write a keepsake item for our children and God-willing…grandchildren, detailing the road we took to becoming entrepreneurs.  The primary message is simple. By tapping into your passion early in life you can turn your playdays into paydays.

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I never wanted to be a writer. Prior to writing this book, I was a janitor for 25 years. I kind of fell into writing. It was my wife’s idea, to leave it as a legacy for my children and  grandchildren to have after my wife and I were long gone. I created the concept, she was my co-author. I was blessed to have her on my team, she has a degree in journalism and currently works as a high school teacher, so that kind of worked in my favor you could say.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

No

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

I’ve been a janitor for most of my life. If I never owned the food-truck, I don’t think this book would’ve ever been written.

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?

By day I’m out selling and promoting my book trying to get speaking engagements. At night, I’m a janitor, I clean a car dealership.  I tried quitting several times…the owners won’t let me.  

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

·        Books don’t sell themselves. Make sure you put money aside for a marketing budget and plan because I don’t care how good your book is…if no one knows about it, it’s not going to sell. If you don’t have a degree in marketing or have a background in the book business, its okay to hire help. As a new author, selling your book is a fulltime job with a part-time check.
·        If you are not going the self-publishing route and use Amazon or Barnes & Noble to get your book to market, make sure you understand how your royalties will be handled.  How often will you receive statements and what % of the sales will you actually receive. 
·        You’re going to need to find someone or a group that will help keep you accountable to actually get to the finish line on your book and get it to market. If you are doing writing “on the side”, try to surround yourself with other like minded people. Life is going to happen, people who don’t have your dream will discourage you. 

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

Life is going to happen. Things are going to get in your way. That’s the way life is. We make plans and then Allah laughs.  I believe if passion is there, the pay will come.

What hours do you write best?

Weekends, early am. Usually between 6 and 8 am. My children and wife are still usually in the bed.  After I make fajr prayer, I light my candles, it’s perfect.

How often do you write?

I set aside time every weekend.

Are you an avid reader?

Yes.

What are you reading now?

Black American Money by Boyce Watkins and Message to the Blackman by The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

Prior to writing this book, I was a janitor for 25 years. I kind of fell into writing. It was my wife’s idea, to leave it as a legacy for my children and  grandchildren to have after my wife and I were long gone.

What are you currently working on?

Patrick Turns His Play Into Pay is the 1st in a series of picture books. Our next book will continue to explore how Patrick turns his play into pay, this time using Bitcoins.

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