Book It Author Spotlight: Samaiyah Muhammad- Wright


Samaiyah Muhammad Wright is the founder and Director of Creativity in Motion. Born and raised on Chicago’s Southside. She is an accomplished poet and writer of Children’s books.
She has studied Psychology and Child Development. She also has a passion for the arts and reading. She has hosted many successful workshops for the youth in the Chatham and Englewood community. She is most inspired by love. Her greatest strengths are her ability to love and encourage others,
create hope, and positive energy.  She also has the ability to recognize potential and value in every person.

Book Euphoria Q1: What is your writing process? Do you have a routine or must be in a zone before you write?

Samaiyah Muhammad-Wright A1: My writing process stems by reflecting on my childhood.  I love to get in a zone and think about how childhood was fun and simple. I grew up in the era where watching cartoons was a favorite pastime for many children, and being able to stay outside until the streetlights came on.  I liked to chew bubble gum and laugh. I like to write books where children can escape, and experience a new, fun, and imaginative journey.

Book Euphoria Q2: What’s one word that describes the feeling you have when you write? Why that word?

Samaiyah Muhammad-Wright A2: Imagination describes my writing style to the very point.  I like to write things such as: taking my characters to the moon and other places in space; going a fairy tale route and having a young boy on a red dragon to rescue the princess, and, even, having a young girl as a superhero, rocking dreadlocks. I can do that with the stroke of my pen. I love to imagine the so-called, “impossible.”

Book Euphoria Q3: Do you have a favorite kind of story or hook you like to write? 

Samaiyah Muhammad-Wright A3: My favorite kind of story to write is simply any kind of book for children. I like wild adventures, to be silly, and, have awesome characters that have a story line. I like to put myself in the frame of a child when I write. I ask myself, “What do little Black kids dream of? What do we like? What did I like to imagine and think about as a child?”  That is how I am able to create my characters. 

Book Euphoria Q4: What’s your favorite book that you’ve written so far?

Samaiyah Muhammad-Wright A4: My favorite book that I wrote is, Amenia’s Pink Polka Dotted Rain Boots. It teaches young kids about patience, and not being able to always get what they want when they want it.  This character has Afro Puffs and brown skin.  It’s a reflection of a positive image that children, but mostly young Black girls, can look up to with the hair and color of the skin. Sometimes it is refreshing as a child to be able to look at a character in a book and know they look just like you!  I also think it is a good story.

Book Euphoria Q5: How can readers contact you?

Samaiyah Muhammad-Wright A5:

People can contact me at  or Facebook: Pink Lemonade Children Books. 

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