New Children's Illustrated Book Empowers Kids to Reach for Their Dreams!

"Erica from America" is about a spunky character who wants to show the world how to dream big and then go about achieving those dreams.

Erica from America - Swimming From Europe to Africa

Marriah Publishing Announces​​ New Children's Book released and being promoted for the upcoming holidays!  

Marriah Publishing is proud to introduce new children's book:  Erica from America: Swimming from Europe to Africa, which tells the story of Erica, who, as a child grew up wanting to do everything, and later decided to swim the Strait of Gibraltar. Her friends think she is crazy but Erica is determined (even if a little nervous) and decides she is going to swim from Europe to Africa no matter what. But when she gets to Spain, her plans are interrupted by the winds and another group of swimmers, who befriend her and ask her to swim with them. But ultimately, she and the other swimmers are all set to swim. They reach their goal to swim from Europe to Africa but not without a lot of activity during the swim!

Erica has written an incredible story for children of all ages (and adults!)'s a story of inspiration and perseverance and proves that you can accomplish your dreams if you only believe in yourself and be dedicated to your goals. As a fellow swimmer I was touched by this heart warming story.

Rowdy Gaines, IV, Olympic Hall of Fame Member, 3 time Olympic Gold medalist, ESPN and NBC Commentator

About the author:

Erica L. Moffett is an award-winning author and she also works as Managing Director at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. When she is not writing or working, she can be found swimming in the pools, rivers, or oceans. Erica from America is her first children’s book and is based on her first big open water swim from Europe to Africa. Subsequently, she has gone on to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, which consists of the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim. She received a B.A. in music from Rhodes College and an M.B.A. from Yale University School of Management and divides her time between New York City and Fort Lauderdale. 

Erica is an extraordinary person who has an amazing spirit and has been on many adventures which she shares through her writing. She is also working on a memoir about her adoption experiences, a section of which was first published on Woman Around Town ( and which can now be seen on her website, She is also hoping to adopt a baby of her own.

about the illustrator: 

Martin Russocki is a celebrated and accomplished artist and illustrator.  He has invented several board games.  Martin lives in Manhattan and his work can be seen at

Source: Marriah Publishing

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