Surprise Connection

Surprise Connection

This post first ran in YA and kids Books Central. One of the most meaningful parts of being an author is the connections you make. I love connecting with young readers. They’re the reason why I write. I love meeting educators, parents and librarians. I appreciate the essential role they play in getting books into…

Page to Stage

Page to Stage

Today’s news has me overflowing with joy. Thrilled to share that my mom and I are working with The Kennedy Center to adapt Going Down Home with Daddy for the stage! I grew up as a theater kid. My mom took my brother Kevin and me to Pittsburgh Playhouse Junior to see fairytale classics come…

Teachable Moment

Teachable Moment

Hello Friends, I’m writing to share an important update about She Persisted: Dorothy Height. After publication, I discovered that I included an error about the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. I wrote that Mahalia Jackson’s was the only female voice heard at the March and that she sang the National Anthem. Neither is correct. …

Matchmaker

Matchmaker

Valentine’s Day is almost here. When I wrote Miles Lewis: Matchmaker, I thought about what love means to different people. For Miles, it’s an action word. Love is shown in the way you give, care and help others. He learns that from his beloved Nana and parents, sees it around him in the community. At…

She Persisted!

She Persisted!

I’m thrilled to share that She Persisted: Dorothy Height debuts today. I’ve wanted to write about Dr. Dorothy I. Height ever since I learned about her in college. She was the 10th national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the sisterhood I proudly joined, and an incredible leader of civil and women’s rights. To Dr. Height,…