A lot of people will see the number of books that I have written and will think that I started out on this journey purposefully; but, I didn’t on January 31, 2014, I woke up like any other Saturday. I thought I was just going to chill. I wrote twelve books.

We have seven uplifting and inspiring rhyming stories for children with positive messages. I used to home school. I didn’t see a lot of those books on the shelves written by people of color, about people of color, with positive messages. I decided to change that.

I did not start out to do all of this. My background is in journalism. I worked as a freelance journalist for a long time. I did digital marketing for a long time. I am an avid romance reader. One night two characters, the ones from my first book, showed up and would not leave me alone.

Zora’s House has a social justice mission. We believe that when women of color have what they need to disregard the status quo, to build lives and careers that recognize all of who they are, it is a better world for everybody.

My mother planted the earliest seed because she was really health conscious. When I was a sophomore in college in 1986, Dick Gregory did a lecture about why black folks eat the way we eat, why we are unhealthy and why we should go vegetarian. That started me on the path.

My book is called “Kaydee the Bumblebee” it is a children’s picture book, dedicated to my goddaughter, Kaylin. Kaydee is a feisty little bumblebee who has dreams. Everyone tells her everything that she can’t do. “They” the group of insects. Kaydee does it regardless. She uses positive self-talk and affirmations.

I started writing for leaders at organizations who are undergoing transformation, transition, acquisitions, new processes, rolling out new software, to help them keep their employees engaged while they are going through changes. Also, doing things outside the norm.

I couldn’t control what happened with these sisters; but, I would carry them with me in my spirit and my soul. It has got to be us to tell our stories as black women. We do not deserve to die exhausted. We do not deserve to die not experiencing love the way God intended us to experience love.

We wanted to create a safe space for black women to feel that they could show up as their full selves to find some sense of calm, healing, and community. We all felt like we gathered that from being in nature. We wanted to provide a space for other black women to come together to experience that as well.

I think I fall into a secular gospel sound. Negro spirituals formed a lot of our music. I named my guitar after Sister Rosetta Tharpe. She was a black woman in the 1910s and 1920s who was playing the electric guitar in bars (gospel songs).

I am volunteering on behalf of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion. I am the Chief Economic Equity and Inclusion Officer. It is important for me to be here to support my black community.