Author Portia Smith ( Bio)

My love and passion for crisis counseling and family wellness led me to pursue my dreams of becoming a children’s book author. My desire is to help build self-confidence and self-esteem within children at an early age. I attended Fort Valley State University and obtained a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management. I am a Licensed Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. I have over 13 years of experience within the mental health field and specialize in crisis counseling and suicide prevention/intervention.

I have always enjoyed writing and creating stories since I first learned to put words together into sentences. When I was a little girl, I wrote everything: poems, songs, raps, movies, stories. However, it wasn’t until 2015, when

I suddenly lost my husband, that I desired to put my stories into books. I begin to write about my feelings and used positive self-affirmations to get me through most days. From there, I begin jotting down notes for potential children’s books about affirmations. I strongly believe that learning positive self-talk at an early age can encourage children to develop a growth mindset, self-confidence, and coping skills to train their brains to think more positively. I took my desire to write more children’s books and created Imagine Me, Creative Book Publishing. Our website is

I am also the owner of Perfectly Payten, an online hair accessory store for little girls. We specialize in creating custom hair accessories to fit every need. Our website is

I am the mother of two disabled children and a young widow. I believe that my story would encourage others to not give up.