In this episode of “The Journey of My Mother’s Son” podcast, I sit down to talk with a fellow author and storyteller, Anika Orrock.

This podcast was truly an honor and surprise for me, I’ve followed Anika and her work on social media for quite some time.  I had no idea that she would be attending the Baseball for All Nationals until our mutual friend, Donna Eden Cohen had let me know.  Knowing that she was on a tight schedule, I still didn’t know if we’d be able to do an interview.  As it turned out, the Lord had everything align for us and she was willing to squeeze in a quick chat.

Anika is an award-winning illustrator, writer, designer, cartoonist, storyteller & author of The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (March 10, 2020; Chronicle Books) and the illustrator of “Birdie Can, Too!” by Malaika Underwood (Feb. 2, 2021).

Anika’s work is included in the Society of Illustrators 62nd Annual exhibition & book and has been featured in national publications, including The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post and on NPR.

Her illustration work has been commissioned by The Worcester Art Museum, National Pastime Museum, ABC News & FiveThirtyEight, Merrill Lynch, Resy & American Express, The International Women’s Baseball Center, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association, Major League Baseball organizations and international sports publications, as well as by a variety of musicians and record labels.

To learn about Anika, check out her website at

Click on either of the links below to listen to the conversation.