Tell us about yourself.
I am a retired educator who is the wife of a pastor and mother of two adult children. I received my BA in Sociology from Douglass College and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Rutgers University in NJ.
I enjoy writing stories to encourage the hearts of children. I want them to recognize their value and remind them when facing difficulties they can be overcomers in life. The themes in my books center on friendship, courage, good character, respect, caring, and learning to have compassion for others.
How do you find time to connect with God?
Like any important relationship whether family or friends, I make time. Connecting with God is a priority. I read God’s word daily and do my best to live a Godly life. For me, the relationship I have with the Lord has become like breathing. When life is good I can share that with God and when life becomes difficult I can look to the Lord for comfort and understanding.
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
Though I write children’s fiction, I prefer reading non-fiction books and articles. My favorite authors are T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, and Joyce Meyer. Each of these authors communicate positive messages through their writings. One of my favorite books is Power Thoughts by Joyce Meyer.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
After attending a Christian Writer’s Conference, I shared a few sample chapters for a book I had begun writing with an acquisitions editor from Lift Every Voice Books which was an imprint of Moody Publishers. A few months after the conference, I received an email asking me to complete the manuscript and subsequently continue it as a series. That is how The Double Dutch Club Series for girls became a reality.
Tell us about your current book, There Are 2R’s in Tomorrow?
My current book is entitled There Are 2R’s in Tomorrow and the story centers around a young girl named Abby who wants to know what it feels like to win a blue ribbon for spelling and see her name on her teacher’s star spellers bulletin board. Abby dreads spelling bees and even calls them “spell outs” because she always gets out first. When Abby meets a new friend named Cee Cee, she begins to hope that she has a chance to win.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
Children that I’ve met throughout my teaching career are the motivation for the characters I write about. I never met a student who didn’t want to be good at something. As teachers, I think the most difficult part of the job is helping children find out what that something is. Creating an atmosphere where students feel safe and valued can serve as the launching pad for future success. Abby, who is this story’s main character is a child who desires to do something that looks impossible. It is her persistence, support, and belief that her desire is possible that starts her on the road to success.
What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
I want readers to learn that with God’s help they are already winners. I want them to realize that trying and working hard is very important in accomplishing goals. I want children who read my books to walk away knowing they have great value and they have the right to believe that “all things are possible”.
What’s next for you?
For my next book, I am writing a story about a young girl who moves in with her grandfather and dreams of becoming a high school track and field star. The title will be; The Space Between Hurdles.
Please tell us where we can connect with you online.
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