Hello and welcome!
Short & Sweet Bio: I write novels that delve into real-life issues without shying away from controversial topics and reflect the diversity of the world in which I live. I graduated from San Jose State University and live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband and four children. My debut novel, Blaming the Wind, was published by Red Adept Publishing (publisher of NY Times bestsellers Thought I Knew You by Kate Moretti and When You Make It Home by Claire Ashby), in 2016, followed by Everything She Lost in 2018. My third novel, Last Place Seen, is a thriller released on September 6, 2022. My first nonfiction book, In The Shadow of Freedom: A Catholic Call for Justice, is forthcoming from Orbis Books in Fall 2023.
Super-sized Bio: Ever since my story about a genie granting a girl’s three wishes won the book fair in the fourth grade, I’ve had a passion for reading and writing. Raised and educated Catholic, my faith has always been a huge part of who am I. Though I started as a Theology major at a Catholic University, life happened, and I eventually earned a degree in Comparative Religious Studies and Middle East Studies from San Jose State University. Learning about Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and numerous other religious traditions from all around the world, and within the United States, broadened my understanding and increased my empathy and tolerance.
I started writing for an online magazine focusing on the San Francisco Bay Area African American community in 2007. I joined the Meetup, San Jose Writers, in 2012, and have been the Organizer since 2014. We are a group of eclectic writers offering fellowship, support and tips on all forms of writing.
In 2015, I signed a contract with Red Adept Publishing. My debut novel, Blaming the Wind, was published in 2016, followed by Everything She Lost in in 2018. Both novels explore friendship, marriage, parenting, mental illness, and redemption. My third novel Last Place Seen is a thriller released on September 6, 2022. It follows a young couple trying to put their lives back together after the husband’s incarceration. Things become more complicated when a ten-year-old girl is kidnapped, and the husband becomes a suspect. My first nonfiction book, In The Shadow of Freedom: A Catholic Call for Justice, will be published by the Catholic publisher, Orbis Books, in 2023.
In addition to blogging on this website, I have written for publications such as Black Catholic Messenger, America Magazine, Grotto Network, Critical Theology Journal, Catholic Worker, National Catholic Reporter, and US Catholic.
When I’m not writing or working, I’m enjoying time spent with my husband, three wonderful sons, and a great daughter.
Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned. The best is on its way.
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