We had the good fortune of connecting with Sheri Fink and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sheri, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m from a small town in rural Virginia where I learned the value of being kind and working hard. I dreamt of being a writer, a teacher, a mother, a princess, and a mermaid and of living in California. I’ve achieved most of those goals by keeping my focus on the vision for my life and business and living according the values as a kid.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m an inspirational speaker, #1 best-selling author, and president of Whimsical World. I am best known for my beloved “The Little Series” books, including The Little Rose, The Little Unicorn, and The Little Dragon. An author of twelve best-selling books in multiple genres, I travel the world inspiring audiences of all ages to believe in themselves, dream bigger dreams, and take action to live their best lives. My husband, Derek and I co-founded our company with the mission to inspire, delight, and educate children of all ages while planting seeds of self-esteem and high achievement. We aim to make positive change through the power of whimsy and imagination. I was inspired to write my first children’s book, The Little Rose, after an experience I had being bullied in the corporate world. In the story, the Little Rose grows amidst a bed of weeds and because she’s different, believes herself to be a weed. She discovers that she’s a beautiful rose no matter what anyone else says or thinks about her. I became passionate about helping kids improve their self-esteem at an early age so that they’d be better equipped to handle challenges throughout their lives. My social-emotional learning books paired well with Derek’s laugh-out-loud and educational books. Our catalog of award-winning, fun-to-read children’s books have themes that 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. Discover more at www.WhimsicalWorldBooks.com.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Planning once-in-a-lifetime adventures for my friends and family is one of my favorite things! If my best friend was visiting for a summer week during a non-pandemic time, here are a few must-do’s that would be on my list: 1. Seeing the Los Angeles Dodgers play at Dodger Stadium (Elysian Park) 2. Visiting the Santa Monica Pier at sunset and eating funnel cake with ice cream (Santa Monica) 3. Going to Disneyland, riding the new Star Wars ride in Galaxy’s Edge, and getting a picture with her favorite Disney character (Anaheim) 4. Visiting The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens and having tea/lunch in The Rose Garden Tea Room (Pasadena) 5. Going to the Terranea Resort and dining at Nelson’s al fresco on a night when they have live music by the ocean (Palos Verdes) 6. Having a fun night out with magic and dinner at the Magic Castle (Hollywood)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people who have offered support and encouragement along my entrepreneurial journey. Most of all, I appreciate the unconditional love I’ve received from my mom, my sister, and my husband, award-winning author Derek Taylor Kent. I’ve always been a big dreamer and they never tell me that what I want to accomplish is impossible. Instead, they help me amplify my goals and celebrate their achievement with me. I feel very blessed to have such a wonderful family who believes in me.