22 Books and Counting

This year I released book number 22. My first book was published in 2010. You could say I published about 2 books a year. Of course there was a year or two that I went without publishing a book; however, I made up for it.

I am grateful that I have been able to continue to write and publish these literary works. Reading and writing has been a part of my life as far as I can remember. When I was around 8 years old, my aunt kept my sister and her children involved in reading and writing programs. We participated in Columbus Metropolitan Library’s reading program each year. We also often participated in another program, which we could read off our fines. Let me tell you, that’s one of the most powerful tools ever when it comes to literacy and helping kids to love reading. I absolutely love reading and writing.

Feel free to check out my 22 titles below:

  1. Dead Wrong- Romance/Thriller
  2. Poetic Outlets- Poetry
  3. All in Together Girl- Children’s
  4. My Poetic Soul Unleashed- Poetry
  5. Jacob: In the Mind of a Mad Man- Thriller
  6. The New Face of Disabilities- Self-help
  7. Journey to the Truth- Poetry
  8. The Book of Quotes- Quotes
  9. Sisters of the Shield- Fiction
  10. Mount Vernon Avenue- Creative Nonfiction
  11. PJ’s World- Children’s
  12. Naturals: The Paper People- Children’s
  13. Diversify Is Us- Young Adult
  14. Intimate Lies- Creative Non-fiction
  15. The Alphabet Monster- Children’s
  16. Renaissance of the Psyche- Poetry
  17. From 500 to Well Over 700: How to Save Big and Increase Your- Self-Help
  18. The Wanderlusts- Children’s
  19. Good Morning Amira- Children’s
  20. Tested- Dystopian
  21. Football Fumblina- Children’s
  22. Event Planning and Task Management Journal – Journal

Visit my shop to identify where to grab a copy.

Healing Through Poetry/Writing

This past Tuesday, I had the pleasure of participating in Otterbein University’s first Black Alumni Panel as a participant in the National African American Read-In Event.

National African American Read-In (AARI) is a groundbreaking effort to encourage communities to read together, centering African American books and authors. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.” People all over the country hold similar events to pay homage to black authors and literature.

The event was well developed and I was asked a lot of thought provoking questions. The Moderator of the event was Margaret Koehler, Professor & Department Chair of English at Otterbein. One question asked was “What has been the role of writing for you both in healing?” This question allowed me to think about my past trauma and how writing played a role in the process of healing. Believe it or not, writing changed my life from being scared of public speaking to thrusting myself into the writing environment, which often consisted of performances, poetry readings, book festivals, and more. Writing gave me the ability to express myself with no restrictions. It gave me the ability to use free verse to navigate words, expressions, life, feelings, and all that good stuff. It also gave me the strength to speak up for myself and what I wanted.

Until my mid twenties, I had been a victim of a past traumatic experience that occurred when I was 13. This “Thing” was ruling my life and making decisions for me. It was making me doubt myself and my abilities. I made a conscious decision to take control of my life and what I wanted. I decided to write about this experience in my second book of poetry. This allowed me to free my mind, worries, and leave the incident right there in my book.

Poetry and writing has healing power. Just think about Maya Angelou writing about her experiences in I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Zora Neale Hurston in Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Lauryn Hill in the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Writing about painful experiences does not always make it better. It just provides clarity, understanding, and helps the individual cope with unfortunate circumstances a little better.

Ways in which I started the process of healing was through my four books of poetry. Below, I list each of my poetry books the order in which they were released. Poetic Outlets shows my Transition as a writer from very simple to playful and thought provoking. My Poetic Soul Unleashed is a continuation of my transition as a writer, word play, inspiration, and love for my craft. Journey to The Truth is about tackling those hard to discuss conversations such as When God Is To Blame, love, and being a dark skin woman. Renaissance of the Psyche is about getting back to what I love and showing the world the new me. It’s about giving respect to the past in Respect and a Tribute to Nina Simone and bringing to light wrongs made right in The Omen.

Check out my 4 books of poetry below.

1. Poetic Outlets
2. My Poetic Soul Unleashed
3. Journey to the Truth
4. Renaissance of the Psyche