TeMika Grooms is the illustrator of many children’s books and has most recently released Nana’s Favorite Things by Dorothy H. Price through Eifrig Publishing. TeMika is an author, illustrator and arts advocate inspired by great stories and the characters who live them. She is intrigued by sequential art, specifically in the form of Children’s Literature and Graphic Novels, and the power they have to influence change in society. TeMika now uses this picture platform to engage the community through workshops that encourage others to be creative, imaginative and gain freedom through visual art and story creation.
As a child of a librarian, TeMika spent afternoons reading stories, day dreaming, writing and drawing silly pictures on whatever paper she could find. She gravitated towards visual storytelling. In hindsight, she considers herself a reluctant reader. But it was in this magical place that she fell in love with creative writers and illustrators like Shel Silverstein and Dr. Suess.
She has also become actively involved in supporting the education of authors and illustrators by serving as Regional Illustrator Coordinator for The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and providing networking opportunities to connect with industry professionals. Her love for storytelling, teaching and promoting personal development has prompted her to begin her own press, Muse Arts Press (M.A.P.), with a mission to publish books that encourage a journey of self-discovery through creativity. She published her first book as an author in 2014, ARTISTA: Becoming Mother, Artist and Lover By Any Means Necessary as an offering to give female artists concrete tools to heal and maintain freedom as they raise families and live full, creative lives.
TeMika Grooms is currently working on RUSTY The Wanna Be Rooster to be released in early 2017 under her new press. She continues to write and create inspiring and entertaining books on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, near the edge of the woods, with two wildly creative daughters she affectionately calls Thing One and Thing Two.