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Meet Sheri Fink of Whimsical World

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sheri Fink.

Sheri is an inspirational speaker, a #1 best-selling, award-winning author, and the co-creator of the “Whimsical World” inspirational brand. She creates books, products, and experiences that inspire and delight kids of all ages while planting seeds of self-esteem. All 5 of her children’s books were #1 best-sellers, including The Little Rose which was a #1 Amazon Best-seller for over 60 weeks, became the #1 Top-Rated Children’s eBook on Amazon, and was adapted into a stage play.

CBS Los Angeles selected her as one of the top 3 authors in her local area, a distinction she shares with Dean Koontz. Sheri’s books have been honored with several awards including 3 gold medals in the Readers Favorite International Book Awards, and is a recipient of the prestigious Gold Mom’s Choice Award honoring the best in family friendly entertainment. Sheri was honored with the 2013 Extraordinary Inspiration Award for her long-lasting commitment to spreading inspirational messages of hope and self-esteem through her books, her moving life story, and her brand.

Sheri and her books have been featured in hundreds of articles, programs, websites, and shows, including on NBC’s The 10! Show, CBS Los Angeles, The Huffington Post, Localista Magazine, Life After 50 Magazine, Today’s Innovative Woman Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. Sheri has appeared on the cover of several magazines along with feature articles that inspire readers to believe in themselves and take inspired action to transform their lives.

Sheri is proud to serve as a spokesperson for Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), a non-profit organization that provides free books to underprivileged elementary school students, and to volunteer in the Pediatric ICU at Children’s Hospital. Discover more about Sheri at www.SheriFink.com.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There have been many challenges: being new to an unknown industry, not having any connections in the publishing world, learning to build a brand and a business from scratch, and embracing my authentic self and being brave enough to share my heart with the world, to name a few.

I believe in infinite possibilities and feel determined to create a whimsical world that I want to be in where kids believe in themselves and really go for what they want in life while encouraging and empowering others to do the same. My passion for that dream is far larger than any fear that pops up along the way. I train myself to stay focused on the vision and to take action in the direction of that dream daily.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Whimsical World is an empowering brand created by #1 best-selling authors and inspirational speakers, Sheri Fink and Derek Taylor Kent. Whimsical World’s mission is to inspire, delight, and educate children of all ages while planting seeds of self-esteem and high achievement. We aim to make a positive change through the power of whimsy and imagination.

Our catalog of award-winning, fun-to-read children’s books suit the needs of every child and parent. Themes include anti-bullying, being brave, asking for help, adapting to change, being authentic, and being a true friend. Our books expand children’s imaginations with whimsy and wonder from the depths of the ocean to the heights of the galaxy.

Whimsical World brings joy, positivity, and wonder. We create magical live experiences and merchandise with a message that every child and young adult is thrilled to own and every parent is proud to purchase.

What were you like growing up?
I grew up in rural Virginia where I had outlandish dreams of becoming a writer, a teacher, a mother, a princess and a mermaid. I longed to live in Southern California where I believed the magic would happen. I was always writing, drawing, playing, and creating little businesses for fun.

After grad school, I seized the opportunity to move to California and to climb the corporate ladder in online marketing. After over 12 years in that industry, I realized that the ladder I’d been climbing had been up against the wrong wall. Following some soul searching inspired by adversity on the job, I was inspired to write my first book, The Little Rose.

Over a year after I wrote the story, I decided to publish it as a children’s picture book. Within two weeks of release, The Little Rose became a #1 best-seller on Amazon and stayed at #1 for over 60 weeks, changing everything in my life for the better.

Everything great in my life has come from that moment of courage to share my story with the world — my books, my business, meeting and marrying my soulmate, and so much more. I’m so grateful to be living the life I dreamt about while I was growing up and helping others’ dreams come true in the process.

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