I grew up in New England, surrounded by creepy graveyards, haunted houses and an impressive collection of horror comics like Tales from the Crypt.
When I was eleven, I became ill with a mysterious virus that had me bedridden for a month, and during that time, C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia whisked me off to another world entirely. This, of course, led to Tolkien, which led every book my parents had ever purchased through the Book-of-the-Month Club.
In college, I majored in English and focused on creative writing, and was lucky enough to translate my love of writing into a marketing career.
As an adult, I returned to writing fiction because I wasn’t finding many main characters of color in the books I was reading to my daughters, who are African American. The first book I wrote combined two of my great loves: Greek mythology and a strong-willed black girl. It’s unpublished, but holds a special place in my heart.
I continued writing. Learning the craft. Querying agents. Meeting other writers. Querying agents. Revising. Querying agents. During this time, I learned to deal with rejection, toughened up my resolve, and found my voice.
This year, I signed with agent Katelyn Detweiler of Jill Grinberg Literary Management LLC.