Like so many others, I’ve enjoyed TV and comic book westerns since I can remember. I vividly remember my imaginary jaunts into the old west, roaming the plains and hunting down bad guys. Our backyard was the setting as my brothers and I re-enacted the scenes over and over again, with our trusty cap pistols at the ready.
My passion for Art and and drawing action figures helped me develop a deeper more visual fascination with this period in our American history. Though I didn’t think much of seeing only the occasional black face in the movies back then, I was proud to learn later that black folks were present, on deck, in attendance, there with bells on and contributed mightily to the development of old west America. Among those contributors were cowboys, soldiers, shopkeepers, trappers, farmers, lawmen and countless other roles filled by African American migrants seeking new lives in the west.
My mission is to create compelling stories of historical fiction for middle grade to young adult (YA) readers. The American old west provides the setting and an immense historical repository from which to fashion strong characters in general and African Americans in particular. I wish to inspire greater readership among young people, while offering interesting characters with whom they can identify.
Though my stories are fictional… settings, circumstances and events accurately reflect history, through entertaining subjects and thoughtful character development; illustrated in a language kids will enjoy, understand and want to return to again and again.