Thank you for visiting! I'm so glad you're here. Before I share a bit about myself, yes I know I'm one of those authors writing in multiple genres, taking you from past to present and everywhere in between. I would apologize, but hey, that's the way God gifted me.
Now, that we've gotten that out of the way: hello, again!
If you grew up with your nose in a book, we might be related. I inherited my bookworm nature and love affair with literature from my mother and grandmother, my beloved "first librarians," and grew up in a home where ready was required. Not requested. My beloved librarians? They read (and led) by example.
I simply followed. Granny loved westerns. Mama still loves mysteries. Me? African-American Historical Fiction (and some contemporary) is my thing.*
My love for reading provided a natural bridge to writing. I wanted and needed to pen my own stories. And I do so unapologetically. As long as God allows, I will pen female-forward, African-American fiction that affirms, entertains, and celebrates. It’s so satisfying to not merely place Black women characters at the center of my narratives, but to build entire cosmoses around them.
Now, that we've met grab one of my books, dive in, and enjoy yourself!
*Check out some of my favorite reads & things below.
Sugar (Bernice McFadden)
SECOND PLACE CONTENDERS:
Standing at the Scratch Line (Guy Johnson)
The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner (Andrea Smith)
Perfect Peace (Daniel Black)
Sugar from Sugar (Bernice McFadden)
King Tremaine from Standing at the Scratch Line (Guy Johnson)
Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (Alexander McCall Smith)
Billy (Albert French)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (John Boye)
BELOVED AND ZANY:
32 Candles (Ernessa T. Carter)
Dianne McKinney-Whetsone, Mary Burnett Smith, Andrea Smith (The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner); Claudia Mair Burney, J.D. Mason, Trice Hickman, & Pamela Samuels Young.
LITERARY GIANTS TO WHOM I PAY HOMAGE:
Dr. Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Alex Haley, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Alice Walker
India.Arie, Ledisi, Oleta Adams, Will Downing Jr., Anita Baker, Lisa Fischer, Rachelle Ferrell, Jessica Reedy, Ernest Pugh, Christie Dashiell, David Michael Wyatt, and Stephanie Mills
Vintage black & whites! I’ll take Stormy Weather, Lena Horne, Ethel Waters, and Bette Davis any day, any time!
"As long as there is life within me, there is opportunity." - Suzette D. Harrison, aka me