Here in Miami, Just Like We Are
Hair to the Queen is a picture book that allows parents to introduce cancer to their children in a tender way. Told in the first person, it is a compassionate narrative of a daughter that plans a surprise for her mother that was recently diagnosed with cancer. The surprise gives the mother much needed strength and confidence to battle the disease.
About the Author
Tamara’s philanthropic and corporate career path has influenced her recent entrée into the literary world. With more than a decade of financial expertise during which she held various senior-level positions, the University of Miami graduate has spent the past five years as Chief Financial Officer for Fatima Group, a Miami-based corporate holding company. Among other businesses, Fatima has distinguished itself as a powerhouse in northern Haiti through the creation of unprecedented employment opportunities in Cap-Haïtien and beyond. For example, Fatima Group recently announced it has broken ground to bring Haiti the first Autograph Collection Hotel, Marriott International’s exclusive portfolio of one-of-a-kind properties, upon its completion next year. As an integral part of the family-owned business founded more than 40 years ago by her grandfather, Alfred Béliard, Tamara has been deeply involved in The Alfred Béliard Foundation, which focuses on cancer education, early prevention, and treatment. The Foundation serves as a conduit for accessing medical experts and other invaluable resources for Haitians living in Haiti. Inspired by her grandfather’s unique intuition and passion for helping others, Tamara’s heritage drives her involvement with the nonprofit organization, Haitian American Leadership Organization. As part of a team of volunteers, she helps present “A Day with Santa,” an annual event during the holiday season that is designed to delight under-served children. More than 2,000 children from Miami and Haiti (Port-au-Prince, Thomazeau, and Cap-Haïtien) enjoy fun activities, food and drinks, entertainment, and, of course, new presents from Santa. Proudly from Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, Tamara lives in Florida with her husband and two daughters, and enjoys reading, fitness, and spending time with family and friends. She is working on her second children’s book.
A childrens book illustrator and freelance artist, Carole A. Smith also illustrated "The Shadows of Nivia" and "The Garden of Enchantment."
"This is a wonderful book for any family dealing with cancer to share. It shows a warm, loving family, a brave mom and a daughter who has a great idea for making her mom feel better about losing her hair. Illustrations are lush and colorful, language is warm and bouncy and the message is right on." - Joyce Sweeney, Childrens Book Author
"An excellent read! This book is absolutely essential for any child whose parent is being treated for cancer. Hopeful, uplifting, and with beautiful illustrations, it provides just enough information to satisfy a child's curiosity about a potentially scary topic." -Lauren Carcas, M.D., Medical Oncologist