Sasha Ariel Alston
Sasha Ariel Alston tells us how a Kickstarter campaign led to the publishing of her book, Sasha Savvy Loves to Code.
“Strong girls should never give up.”
Tell us about a time when your strength was tested.
After I decided to self-publish Sasha Savvy Loves to Code I assumed my Kickstarter campaign would reach my goal of $5000 because I have supportive family and friends. To my surprise I raised nearly $18,000, which required me to ship out over 700 books to everyone who donated. I was in the midst of finals, and had to get the books out on deadline. Fortunately, I developed a game plan and managed to study and ship out my books to everyone’s delight.
What is your favorite book about a strong girl and why?
I would choose She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton. The book provides girls with 13 inspiring stories from women in history who overcome challenges and barriers that were set against them.
What is it about the main character of your story that inspires you?
Sasha is a smart, curious girl learning something new. Although coding is challenging, she is determined. She manages to learn new skills and to have fun with her friends too. She reminds us all to get help when needed, to stay focused, and to never give up.
What is the best piece of advice you were given as a girl?
As a teenager, I was told to “surround yourself with people smarter than you. You should never be the smartest person in the room.” This has helped me to look at aspiring women in tech and develop a circle of people who I feel reflect those individuals. Anywhere I go, I try to learn more and absorb information from those around me.
What’s your superpower, or what’s your Patronus?
My Patronus is the turtle. Despite college coursework, interviews, and speaking engagements, I manage to slow down and live in the moment. “Strength and determination are the keys to overcoming our obstacles.”