Student review, Fearless Mary

Check out this great video of 3rd grade students and teacher reviewing my latest picture book, Fearless Mary! Special thanks to teacher/author, Frank Murphy, for filming and organizing. 

School Visit: University High, Newark, NJ

I had a chance to go back to where it all started: My alma mater, University High, in Newark, NJ! What a pleasure it was to connect with young readers of LIKE VANESSA!

Reader response video

I asked readers to tell how they, too, were "Like Vanessa." Meet Alyssa.

Good morning America appearance

A Thanksgiving twist on a classic Haitian New Year's Day tradition...Freedom Soup (with a cranberry apple relish). Freedom Soup honors the world's first independent black republic...Haiti! I'm honored to have written a children's picture book about the backstory of this soup, debuting with Candlewick Press in fall, 2019.

Keynote speech, scbwi conference

I had the honor of being the keynote for the NJ chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators June Conference. You can see Part 2 here


Book Launch Team

It takes a village to raise a book. Luckily, I had some pretty awesome friends and family who willingly jumped on the bandwagon to spread the word about my debut novel.