© 2018 BY CRYSTAL SWAIN-BATES. 

crystal@goldestkarat.com   |   400 W. Peachtree St., #4-513, Atlanta, GA 30308

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ABOUT CRYSTAL...

“Mommy, that little girl looks like me!” 

 

I’ll never get tired of hearing those seven words. 

 

They are what I live for as an author. It means everything to me when little black and brown children see their beauty, brilliance, and joy celebrated in a book for the first time. That experience is at the center of my work and why I love to do what I do.

 

My name is Crystal and through my self-publishing company, Goldest Karat Publishing, LLC, I’ve written and published 12 children’s books featuring the stories and likeness of children of color. My most popular book, “Big Hair, Don’t Care” is one of Amazon’s most highly reviewed children’s books in its category and I’ve been named as a top seller on the e-commerce site.

 

I’ve always loved to read and write. I honestly can’t remember a time when I wasn’t doing either one of those two things. I wrote my first book in elementary school and from that moment, I knew this was what I was destined to do.

 

Originally from Atlanta, GA, I attended college at Florida State University, where I received two degrees in International Affairs. After college I found myself traveling the world working for both the Defense and Central Intelligence Agencies for the U.S. Government (yes, you read that right! I worked for the CIA).

 

My career was fascinating and I really enjoyed it. But, I still knew there were books inside of me to write. So one day I decided to resign from my position and return to what I’ve always known was my calling.

 

Now, here I am, filling diversity gaps in children’s literature and doing my part to normalize black girl magic and black boy joy. In addition to my books, I also run BrownGirlsClub.com, online store of books, t-shirts, party supplies, wall art, and other children's gifts featuring black characters. 

 

I want my work to mean something and impact an entire generation of children. It’s time for us to put ourselves center stage and show our children that they are more than enough, despite what the media tells them. Thank you for visiting my website! I hope you’ll take some time to look around. 

 

To learn more about my books, click here. If you’re interested in working with me to help bring your book to life and to the market, click here. All other inquiries, feel free to reach out via the contact page. 

 

All My Best, 

Crystal

I'm on a mission to positively reshape the way children of color all over the world see themselves.