Today, a world of opportunities for authors of color has expanded beyond the grueling wait for an agent.  Social media rules!  So do self-publishing platforms.  Book launches and fabulous parties that range from high school communities to celebrities and community organizations help inspire writers in their journey.  Books certainly opened my world to some great adventures that helped take the sting of foster care out of my publishing journey.  My novel, An Ocean of Jewels, helped me heal.

     I've had some terrific adventures.  I've served as a children's advocate for former U.S. president Jimmy Carter's National Commission on The International Year of the Child.  I represented the concerns of New York state teenagers.   I've worked as an executive secretary, an intern at a television station, a freelance writer, an editor for romance magazines, and an educator.

     I've done some travelling to Africa, visited some great American states, Hawaii being my favorite, and I had the opportunity to VOTE for America's first African American president, Barack H. Obama.  I also had a chance to see First Lady, Michelle Obama in person during her book tour. Those events were blessings. Today I can proudly call myself a published author!  A few of my favorite authors...



J udy signing books for sisters of Delta Sigma Theta at their annual Literary Tea
(Queens, NY Chapter)
"My greatest joy is to have people listen to something I've said or written and come away feeling enlightened, motivated, and good about who they are , or who they aspire to become."