My plan was to be a famous journalist, to travel the world and tell great stories. But I also knew I wasn’t quite done with my education, so I went to law school to continue to build my writing and researching skills. My first job after graduation was at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office. I learned so much in the short time I was there. The biggest lesson, hands down, was that there were too many African-American males finding their way through the criminal justice system.
I moved on to Legal Aid and worked three fulfilling years as a family law attorney. There, I was able to help low-income battered women escape domestic violence and gain their independence by negotiating divorce, custody and spousal and child support cases.
While hosting my own weekly talk radio show called A View From the Summit, I had the opportunity to research gun violence in the inner city and the impact on black boys. What I learned was devastating. It inspired me to write a story exploring violence, race and the criminal justice system from the perspective of an African-American mother. This turned into my novel Endangered, which you should purchase right now ☺.
I currently live in Illinois with my husband Charles and our two daughters. Though I love, love, love my adopted home, I keep a 215 area code on my cell phone in order to represent my beloved Philly. Right this minute, I am working on my next novel, so check back soon for details.