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How long have you been in business?

Astria Legends became an official business in 2010, but itís been around since 2000. (PsstÖPlanning a 7th Year Anniversary for it this year! More details will be on the website)

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Those who arenít considerate or compassionate for others.

Tell us a little about the products you sell.

My products revolve around the original fantasy world Iíve created called Astria. A world centered around Color Personified Angels who have to learn to be unified (Rainbow) in order to combat the SINs. The SINs are living breathing beings of everything we struggle with such as Jealousy, Anger, Fear and Doubt. I call it my Fantasy Franchise! My main products are the Comic books which tell the story of the characters. I then create dolls, journals, artwork, paintings, cards, stationery, and other inspirational gifts that highlight characters, creatures and other significant aspects of Astria.

What is you favorite donut flavor and how many can you eat in one sitting?

My favorite donut flavor would have to be the rare Ďbutterfly tongueí. Iíve only ever had it once when I was younger but it was the yummiest donut I ever had. I could eat probably three in one sitting!

How did you come up with the name for your business?

The name for my business came from the fact that all the stories I tell through my writing and art are ones that showcase the Ďwages of SINí. Each tale becoming a legend. The legends of AstriaÖ Astria Legends.

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?

Oh boyÖ what is in there? Oranges, eggs, milk, juice, chocolate and random meats and cheeses.

Where do you see your business going in 5 years?

Iím hoping to expand the business into animation, video games, trading card games, figurines and clothing. Iíll actually be starting work on the first video game sometime this month!

If you could be a super hero, what would you want your super powers to be?

Actually, Red, from my stories, is my alter ego. She is the Angel of Love and can manipulate anything emotionally, physically and spiritually that is naturally the color red.

How do you stay current in today's handmade market?

Well as far as handmade, my products stay different simply because of the story surrounding them and how unique it is. I normally stand out when around other handmade businesses. Iím always looking for ways to bring my world to life in new products.

Do you sing in the shower or in the car?

I sing in my car all the time! My best friend and I would both sing in the car with crazy dancing and it would be pure hilarity. I know people always see us as we pass by and wonder what in the world is going on. But hey, makes life fun right?

What are your bestselling items?

The Dawn of Unity Comic #1 has sold over 200 copies since its release and it is neck and neck with my Baby Harmony Hares. I can never keep the babies in stock! I do love seeing them go to happy homes

Where would you go in a time machine?

Iíd honestly be tempted to go 5 to 10 years in the future to see where my life isÖ which probably isnít the best idea. So Iím pretty sure itís a good thing I donít have a time machine haha.

What advice would you give others who are looking to start a business?

Be persistent. Donít be so easy to give up if you go somewhere and donít sell a lot of products. Remember that it takes a lot of time to build clientele, especially when your products are different and unique. Experiment with your selling tactics, try new ways and see what works best for you. Donít expect to get rich quick. And most importantly, NEVER GIVE UP!!

If someone made a movie about your life, what would the title be?

Basket full of Riddles

What is your favorite sweet treat to indulge in when life gets you down?

Actually I donít have one. When life gets me down, my default is grabbing one of my favorite stuffed animals and curling up with it. Which is probably one of the reasons Iíve loved creating the dolls, I want to give others the comfort that I get from them.

Tell us something most people don't know about you.

HmmÖ Iíve always wanted to create my own Humanoid Robot as well as my own K.I.T from Knight Rider.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three items would you take besides food and water?

My favorite stuffed animal, my laptop and my drawing tablet. Presumably if the island has electricityÖ if not then a huge sketchbook and a set of colored pencils.

What's the last book you read?

The Circle Maker. A great book about praying long and hard. It was definitely a life changer and Iíve read it multiple times.

Who has inspired you in your life and why?

I would definitely say my best friend April and my baby cousin Shermona. The three of us have always been a support group for each other and Iím always inspired by the ways God is blessing both of their businesses and it keeps me working hard to grow mine. I wouldnít be where I am today without them.

 

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