Book Expo 2023 with Renaee Smith

Talk about not enough hours in the day, Renaee Smth could use a 26-hour day to accomplish all she does. For the 10th year in a row, her nonprofit, the Independent Authors Book Expo, will host independent authors from across New Jersey and many other states who come to meet and greet each other, the public and, of course, to sell books.

Renaee is a veteran of the indie author experience herself with a series of children’s books and two cookbooks. A native of Jamaica, she came to the U.S. to get her MBA and subsequently started writing and became an integral part of her community.

“When i’m not writing in my day job i work at a non-profit that supports the homeless in Union County [New Jersey]. I’m the director of development there and I’m also the president of the chamber of commerce in my town [Roselle, New Jersey]. I attend the Second Baptist Church in Roselle and, I’m a mom. I’m a wife. I’m a mother of three boys, two in college. I should say one graduated from college. Yes. One currently in college and I have a high school senior right now.”

This year’s IABX Book Expo takes place on the campus of Kean University in Union New Jersey. It is free to the public and you are encouraged to bring the kids. There is a children’s section with crafts and adult supervision so you can leave the kids there and browse books.

Renaee’s energy is contagious as I found out interviewing her for this episode of Type. Tune. Tint. which you can listen to or view below.

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