WRITING

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It is exciting to envision worlds and persons of your own creation, often in situations or places you’d never find or consider yourself being a part of. You want your readers-whether it is an article or work of fiction-to step into that world and come away from the experience with a feeling of fulfillment and understanding. It is not a matter of following a zeitgeist or being a part of a pendulum swing or bandwagon, but being seen.

Writing has been like a friend to me. Something I can always rely upon that brings comfort, familiarity, and happiness. It can also be like a friend that you just want to strangle sometimes. After all, it is one thing to be a writer, but writing itself can be frustrating and demanding. The rewards though, make it worth it.

Best thing I can say to someone else out there who wants to be a writer? Write already. There’s never time. You have to make time to write. It’s not going to magically appear by itself. Excuses mean nothing but less on your pages, trust me.

FICTION & POETRY

Short Story: “A Clink of Crystal
Glasses Heard”
SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire
(Mocha Memoirs Press; Amazon/Indiebound)
A young woman’s coming of age leads to finding out more than she bargained for.
Short Story: “Roots On Ya”
FIYAH Magazine, Winter 2020 (Issue #13)
A roots man in rural Virginia has to undo a crossing…and more.
(interactive cover art: Steffi Walthall)
Short Story: “Rule of Thirds”
Fireside
Quarterly: Winter (January 2020); Magazine: (Issue 77, Winter 2020)
A scientist’s discovers more than she bargained for in unexplored underwater tunnels.
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Novelette: “Peregrination” (co-written with Chesya Burke)
Chiral Mad 4 (Written Backwards)Eds.: Michael Bailey and Lucy A. Snyder
What makes us special. What we will do to protect the ones we love.
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Short Story: “Here, Kitty”
Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters (Amazon)(Mocha Memoirs Press) Ed. by Sumiko Saulson
What’s lost should probably not be found.
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Poem: “Vox
Apex Magazine, April 2017

NON-FICTION

ESSAY: “What was THAT?”
StokerCon 2019 Souvenir Anthology, ed. by Linda Addison

“Varnette Honeywood” and “Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe”, African-American National Biography, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. & Evelyn Higginbotham, Eds., Harvard/Oxford U. Press, 2006

MENTIONS
(Thank you very much!)
Review: “‘With These Hands’ by LH Moore” by Joanna Weston, SFF Reviews, 2/15/19
Best SF/F short fiction, January through June 2018″ by Jason Sanford, 9/23/18
Podcast: “Microphones of Madness: Sycorax’s Daughters 5” Thanks Steve and Rodney for this great breakdown of the entire anthology! My story’s discussion starts at 14:25
Review: “Weekly Fiction Rec Roundup 6” by Jeff Xilon, 1/16/18
Review: “Quick Sips: FIYAH #5 (Ahistorical Blackness)” by Charles Payseur, 1/10/18
Review: “Sycorax’s Daughters,” Abyss & Apex Magazine, 6/25/17
Review: “Quick Sips: Apex #95” by Charles Payseur, 4/21/17
Review: “Voices from the Other Side” by Duskiliterati, 1/29/15
21 More Black Women in Horror Writing” by Sumiko Saulson, 2/18/13
#32 Wounded Range, Part 2” by Noah Meernaum, 6/27/10 (Beyond Victoriana: A Multicultural Perspective on Steampunk)
“Blackest Ink” by Monica S. Kuebler, Rue Morgue Magazine, May 2006, Issue 6