My favorite thing in the world to do, aside from mainline coffee and donuts, is to create magical worlds that bridge reality and fantasy.
I always loved telling stories. I finally put pen to paper as a teen, and it became an outlet for me to express my feelings about everything from being bullied at school to friendship drama to never knowing how to keep my glasses clean for longer than an hour. From then on, I was hooked on the magic of storytelling in all its forms.
By day I’m a content writer and by night I write urban fantasy stories about characters at the intersectionality of BIPOC and LGBTQ+. Growing up I didn’t see characters that looked like me or my brothers and sisters, and as I started writing I knew I wanted to fix that. I also wanted to add some levity to tales of magic and horror, because who doesn’t love to laugh a little bit?
My debut novel, To Astera, With Love, follows a Black witch named Mercury as he and his friends embark on a road trip like no other. As the group flees from the wrath of blood-thirsty vampire frat brothers, what begins as a quest for refuge evolves into a quest for answers.
If I’m not writing, I’m reading. My favorite genres are horror, fantasy, and thrillers, but I also love reading non-fiction books about what it means to be Black in this world. Some of my favorite books are My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler, and Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix.