Thursday, December 9, 2021

An Unboxing in Still Motion

I received a box of ARCs (advanced reading copies) for my debut middle grade novel Sir Fig Newton and the Science of Persistence! Instead of an unboxing video, I did a carousel post on Instagram. For those not on IG, here's the unboxing in still motion! 

Monday, September 27, 2021

Guess what? I made a thing!

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

OHEMGEE It's My Cover Reveal

OHEMGEE it's finally here for the whole world to see!!! It's the cover reveal for my middle grade debut novel Sir Fig Newton and the Science of Persistence!

 (drumroll, please):


Isn't it lovely???

I was completely wowed when I first saw the black-and-white cover sketch right before Thanksgiving 2020. Then when I saw the final color version, I squealed with delight! My heart was filled with so much joy that I couldn't stop smiling and crying (happy tears!). 

The amazingly talented artist, Brittney Bond, did an incredible job capturing the main character, twelve-year-old Mira Williams, and her chonky cat, Sir Fig Newton. I love, love, love everything about this cover. From Mira's determined expression, her awesome curls, and the NASA t-shirt to Mr. Chonky's white-tipped tail and lime green eyes. And of course all the purr-fect accents, including the science doodles, the Florida palm tree shadow, and the bike-a-thon flyer. 

I cannot wait for biracial Black girls to see themselves on the cover and in this book. I know my inner child is over the moon. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Wanna know more about the book? Wanna add it to Goodreads? Wanna preorder now? Then please do so here! Please feel free to spread the word (and a HUGE thanks in advance if you do). 



Monday, March 29, 2021

My FIRST Norwescon!


I've done readings, book signings, a book launch, and exhibited at an inaugural reading summit for Oregon librarians, but THIS will be my very first time as a panelist at a literary conference. Yes, I'm nervous, but more so I am SO SUPER EXCITED!

Norwescon is the Pacific Northwest’s premier science fiction and fantasy convention. I was invited to participate for their 2020 event, but, well, you know... covid. But they're back, this time virtually. I'm sad to not have the in-person experience, especially since this is my first time in attendance, but I know it'll still be fantabulous!

Come listen, engage, and play at any one of the seven panels I'm on. See my itinerary below (all times Pacific Standard and subject to change):

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Dreams Do Come True

To the really young me that spent every weekend at the library, reading every Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary book she could get her hands on.

To the confident me that loved making up stories and living in my imagination.

To the self-conscious me that took poetry in college because she just knew she'd be a writer, but then let that dream go because everyone else was so much better.

To the unconscious me that had gotten lost in the accounting world and after relocating to D.C., eventually rediscovered her love of writing.

To the dedicated me that spent many late nights and weekends working on her craft.

To the fearless me that moved cross-country to Portland, OR to pursue her dream of writing full-time.

To the defeated me that gave up many, many times, overwrought with fear, doubt and shame.

And to the persistent me that eventually picked myself up again and again, reminding me why I write: to entertain, empower, and inspire.

Thanks to all the pieces of me, we did it: 

My debut middle grade novel SIR FIG NEWTON sold to Aladdin/Simon & Schuster!!!! 

And thank you, thank you, thank you to my amazing agent, Ronald Gerberand to my editor, Alyson Heller, for believing in me and my book.

Dreams Do Come True,