Building a Classroom Library

So, this week, let’s start off with some great news: I have accepted a position as a Language Arts teacher at a local high school! I am so excited for this position. Some of you may know, I originally went in to get my Master’s so I could eventually teach on the college level, but, along the way, I remembered my biggest influences were my high school teachers. Those were the women that built up my love of literature. So if I want to have the same kind of influence, high school was a better place to go.


So I spent this summer doing everything I had to in order to qualify to teach this fall, and it all worked. I am so excited! I know I said that before, but even just typing this out, I can’t stop smiling.

I’ll be teaching American Literature, and, in high school, that usually means reading the classics. The Crucible, The Great Gatsby, other books by old dead white men…The only book I know of on our syllabus by someone of color is Their Eyes Were Watching God.

I adore the classics, but man do I wish to show kids in this predominately black school that they are represented in literature. I also think students would enjoy reading more if they had books they could related to. Because of these desires, I am setting up a mini library in my classroom.

university student reading in libraryI am donating books myself, both from my personal library and buying books specifically for this. But, as they say, it takes a village to raise a child and I can’t do this alone. This is where you can come into the picture.

I have created an Amazon Wishlist of classic novels and YA books that I would love to have to build this library. Most of the books are by people of color, like most of my students will be. It is important to me that my students get a chance to be able expand their world view.

I am asking if you can donate a book off of the wish list. If it is in your heart to donate something and do not see it on the list, please do not feel like you cannot. My students and I will be eternally grateful for anything you donate. Even if you are not able to donate, simply sharing this blog post will be appreciated.

Thank you to anything you do for these kids. They may not know you, but the knowledge you will be helping bestow on them will impact them for the rest of their lives.



#PitchWars: Time To #PimpMyBio!


What’s up #PitchWars mentors and mentees. I have to admit, I’m kind of nervous. I’ve never done #PitchWars before, let alone #PimpMyBio. Not totally sure what is supposed to go in these things, but after cruising through a few posts, I am going to try my hand at it. As they say, you miss 100% of the opportunities you don’t try.


If you are looking for a Robin Hood retelling with a mix of Six of CrowsVeronica Mars and Oceans 11, keep reading!

The book I am submitting to #PitchWars is called STAR OF XIANU. It is a YA Contemporary Fantasy about a badass lady thief, the Prince from another realm that blackmails her, the quest to find a stolen jewel, and how two total opposites fall in love.

As with everything I write, my book is #OwnVoices and features a diverse cast of characters.

If you like heists, lady thieves, hot and kind men, snarky women, royalty, Chinese influences, #BlackGirlMagic, stealing for the poor, strong family relationships, female friendships, sex positivity, and not-so-forbidden love, you might just love STAR OF XIANU.


SoX Aesthetics

If you are interested in more pictures that has inspired STAR OF XIANU, check out my vision board.


  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Ghost Girl In the Corner by Daniel Jose Older
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Oceans 11
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter
  • Veronica Mars
  • Tower Heist


  • All things Jane Austen
  • All things Alyssa Cole
  • Leverage
  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty
  • The Magicians
  • Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Clueless
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • Gemma Doyle Series by Libba Bray
  • Miss Representation
  • Between the Covers


Now, a little about me. I have lived in Atlanta almost all my life, but I have dreams of moving cross-country to L.A. I am a 28 year old grad student at Clark Atlanta University studying Literature, with a specialty in 18th century English lit and got my undergrad degree at Georgia State University.

I’ve been writing basically all my life and I don’t think I could ever stop, even if I never get published. I am a storyteller at heart. I am also an avid reader, and read what I write, namely romance and fantasy. Though I have self-published some romance, I want to go traditional for my YA.

I am almost constantly on Twitter and also spend a lot of time on Instagram and Pinterest.


  • Willing to work on big and small picture edits with me
  • Not afraid to really dig down and tell me the issues with my MS
  • Doesn’t mind my anal organizational habits
  • Communicative and willing to brainstorm ideas
  • Willing to do more than one pass if time permits
  • Gives a mix of praise and critique
  • Hopefully, and most importantly, a lifelong friend

Thank you to Brenda Drake and the mentors for volunteering your time to help us aspiring authors.