Which five words best describe The First Time I Got Pulled Over?
Informative, creative, moving, impactful, and collaborative.
Can you share one highlight from the book?
One highlight from the book, in my opinion, is where the father finds the courage to explain how to react when stopped by the police. Although this may seem difficult given the injustices behind it, the father understands how important it is for the son to be informed. To be honest, the highlight of the book is determined by the reader and how they interpret the message behind the story.
What is the purpose of this book?
The purpose of the book is to create conversations with readers about topics of racial profiling, police brutality and police encounters with civilians. I want readers to be moved by the message in the story to give them a since of representation of experiences they may have faced or witnessed in their community.
Are there themes that you find turn up again and again in your work? A common thread?
Social and political themes are a common throughout my books. Themes such as gun violence, racial profiling, police brutality and mental health are topics in the marginalized communities that are ongoing and important to address in common spaces.
Which character or part of the book was the most fun to write? Which part was the hardest?
Both Father and son were very important characters within the book, but depicting the character of the son was the most interesting. I had the privilege of depicting the image of the curious child in this contemporary society observing these issues unfold.
Can you tell us something that even your most loyal fans may not know about you?
I have always been involved in social movements by marching in protests and rallies such as March For Our Lives in Chicago, Laquan McDonald Protest in Chicago Loop, and Woman’s March in Washington D.C. and other protests in Atlanta.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
“Creating the story is part of the journey, but it’s what you do with it afterward that makes the difference” that is a quote I want my readers to takeaway!
Kayla McClain is a contemporary artist based in Chicago. She focuses on the social justice aspect in art, aiming to depict the complications of life through a combination of the basic elements including color, form, shape and space.As a future educator of the arts, Kayla believes it is very important to be knowledgeable of political movements and express that through the arts.