I have been a psychological horror/ supernatural suspense/ always-in-your-head author for over 40 years – no, really, I have… I started really young. I write novels, novellas, short stories, screenplays, essays, and the occasional poem. I’ve had some pretty neat things happen over the years. For example, I have been published in print and online – in newspapers, anthologies, chapbooks, magazines, and comic books (yeah, that was cool). My novel The Promise Keeper won the Golden Stake Award for Literature at the International Vampire Film and Arts Festival and yes, the trophy is actually shaped like a stake (so very cool). I’m a three-time winner of Best Horror Screenplay at the NOVA International Film Festival (!!!), Best Afrofuturism/Horror/Sci-Fi Screenplay at Urban Media Makers Film Festival, Best Psychological Horror Short Script at Hollywood Horrorfest, and Best Short Screenplay Indo-Global International Film Festival (flipping mind-blowing!) – I even won Best of Fest one year (HOLY COW!). I have a few short stories that have won awards. My first novel and first short story collection were on the long list for the coveted Bram Stoker award. My short story, “The Ever After” was part of the Bram Stoker Finalist anthology Sycorax’s Daughters . Some publications I have been involved in have been bestsellers and my novella, Telecommuting occupied the #2 spot on one of Amazon’s bestseller lists for a considerable amount of time. I even managed to get recognized in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Vol. 15 (2004) and as one of the 100+ Black Women in Horror Fiction (2018).
Loving writing and reading the way I do, I try to stay involved in the community any way that I can. Over the years that has meant editing anthologies (5 so far!), running poetry contests (waayyy back “in the day”, as in the late 90s, when I hosted a website called The Second Cup… ah, the memories!), speaking on panels about the genre, and teaching horror and creative writing courses at post-secondary institutions (I created an Intro to Writing Horror course that I have had the pleasure of teaching at both the university and community college levels – sweet!). I was the In Your Write Mind conference’s author guest of honor in 2022 (floored by this!) and I created a whole school – well, an academy, but really, let’s not mince words – called the Speculative Fiction Academy (honestly – I am so amazed by what the instructors at SFA bring to the table. Just blown away!).
Participated in and serving as an officer in organizations dedicated to fostering the craft of story creation, most recently as the Director of Curricula and Outreach for Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction
Served as the programming the horror track at MultiverseCon
Had the good fortune to be an on again, off again interviewer, but only because I enjoy chatting with my friends and finding out why they do what they do.
Let’s see… what else…? Oh! I am an Active member of the Horror Writers Association and I serve as a mentor there as well. I’m also a Full Member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association, and a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association because I dip my toe in all of these spaces.
Some other really cool things?
My presentation, “Blaxploitation, Black Gothic, and Black Agency in Horror”, is archived at the Centre for the History of the Gothic at University of Sheffield!
My work is part of the horror archive at University of Pittsburgh (University of Pittsburgh Library System | Horror Studies)!
And this amazingness happened in 2022!
And then this AMAZING HONOR happened in 2022:
What can I say? Writing is kinda my thing.
Reviewers have said some amazing things about my work over the years:
Why is any of the above important? Because it shows my passion and dedication to my craft – at least, I hope it does! I am, and will always be, a storyteller.