About the Author
I was born and raised in New York, a childhood spanning the boroughs of Queens and Manhattan, and ultimately, Harlem, New York. I attended public school through High School and grew up an avid reader, developing a love of books and the stately buildings that contained them at an early age. I was in awe of the fact that I could visit the library within walking distance of my apartment and depart a short while later with a stack of books usually too heavy for me to transport independently without significant strain. My incentive to sustaining the heavy weight for my walk home was the excitement and expectation of the many places I would be transported to, through the pages of the books.
Fantasy fiction and mysteries were my favorite genres as a child and my penchant for writing began with my father requiring me to read the more advanced literary selections of his choosing, and then write comprehensive essays about the content. While often mundane, this exercise fostered my appreciation for rich vocabulary words and descriptive text and also led to my reading at a very high level, at a young age. This practice also revealed that I could temporarily escape my truth through the pages of a book, and also create a new reality through the pen on the page.
After participating in a community theatre group as an elementary school student and a Columbia University School of Law mock trial program in Junior High School, by age 14, I aspired to be an attorney which spoke to my affinity for words and public speaking. To that end, I have practiced Employment Discrimination law for two decades, working in the media & entertainment industry for the last 13 years where I provided advice and counsel to corporate leadership. However, writing and mentoring has remained what ignites and fuels my spirit.
My life mission is to encourage, inspire and to deliver truth which positively impacts and/or resonates change in at least one person, every single day.
Finally, I am a devoted wife of 26 years and mother to three amazing children ages 24, 18 and 15…and infinitely passionate about my family!
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
-1 Thessalonians 5:11
My personal passions...
Personal passions are my faith in God, youth and women empowerment, promoting positive mental health awareness for myself and everyone I encounter and interact with, and domestic violence issues. I was a child of domestic violence and am proud to say today that I not only survived the experiences, I triumphed over the experiences and became the person that I am, because of the experiences. To feed that passion through service, in 2019 I joined the Board of Directors of The Safe Center of Long Island (TSCLI), a not-for-profit agency comprehensively serving the needs of victims of domestic violence and inter-personal trauma in Nassau County, Long Island. Currently, I serve as President of the Executive Board of TSCLI.
The inspiration behind THE GIFTS JOURNEY- why gifts?
I started writing creatively in 2009 attempting to assuage an undeniable creative itch to write something other than corporate policy and emails chock full of legal advice. Initially, I began writing fantasy fiction at night, inspired by the genre I enjoyed the most throughout my adolescence. Unlike the stories I devoured as a child, my stories nurtured black and brown characters and neighborhoods that I could see myself and children that looked like me in. However, after spending years mentoring young law students and young women within my professional pursuits, I often heard that my inner city beginnings was motivational. I realized I had a coming of age story in me that would speak to the human growth and character development that derives from a human being’s interaction to “hard knock” life challenges and strife.
THE GIFTS JOURNEY was birthed from my long held desire to share the truth of impact that hard lived experiences have on our lives. I want to encourage my readers to view their lives through a lens that honors the inner strengths that can be born from the loins of personal trauma, notwithstanding the damage the same trauma leaves behind. While the characters are fictional, the events are grounded in real life experiences.