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My life and career have been inspired by the bible verse from Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” I am a graduate of University of Maryland Eastern Shore where I received a BS degree in Criminal Justice. Upon graduation I worked for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services as a Human Services worker in the Foster Care Unit. I had a caseload of twenty-four children, half of whom suffered from some type of emotional, physical, and/or learning disability.

It was during my experience as a Human Services worker, God placed it upon my heart to teach. After a few weeks of prayer and contemplation I landed my first job as a seventh grade, Special Education teacher. I also began pursing and ultimately earned a Master’s degree in Special Education from Coppin State University. As a Special Education teacher my favorite subject to instruct is English, where I try to communicate my own love of writing to my students. After teaching for thirteen years, I decided to pursue a more challenging position within my field. In 2010, I accepted a position as a High School Special Education Department Chair. I feel tremendously blessed as I continue to prosper in both my careers as an educator and as an author.

As a girl I always had a vivid imagination and loved writing in a journal. I was able to further explore the craft of writing as a student in high school and college, and I received good guidance from my own teachers. Being an avid fiction reader and having a passion for writing for many years, I finally acted upon God’s inspiration and grace to pursue my dream of becoming a novelist.

I began writing Liar, Liar and queried many literary agents to represent the novel for publication. I received several rejection letters. But with the support of family and friends and the strength of God, I pressed on; I knew that all it takes is one “Yes”. Soon I obtained a literary agent eager and willing to represent the manuscript, and was offered a publishing contract by Q-Boro Books shortly after. After two successful releases with Q-Boro Books, I signed with Urban Books and my third novel, Before It's Too Late and fourth novel will be published under the Urban Renaissance division.

My favorite activities are reading, writing, Florida vacations and watching reality television shows and soap operas. I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Currently I live in Northern Virginia with my wonderful husband, Reginald and our darling baby girl, Reagan

 

“The moment you compromise your thoughts, you become a candidate for mediocrity.” -Neil Simon (C. Castellano)