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Faydra was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She started her higher education at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, KY, where she was a Whitney Young Honors Scholar and became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Beta Zeta Chapter, 1989). She finished her time as an undergraduate at Howard University in Washington, DC, with a degree in African-American Studies (Magna Cum, 1995).
While at Howard University, two of her most memorable internships were with the Democratic National Committee and the Anti-Defamation League.
Faydra’s first job after college was with the National Captioning Institute in Vienna, VA, where she was a “live display captioner,” doing closed captioning for the hearing impaired. Interestingly enough, her supervisor was Mark Okrand, the person who created the Klingon language. Yes, it’s a full-fledged, legitimized language!
Faydra eventually moved back to Tulsa and taught eighth-grade American Studies for two years before joining the Army as an Information Systems Operation Analyst.
She finished her tour with the Army in 2006. Since then, she’s been a computer applications/web languages/social media trainer, web designer/developer, blogger, columnist for Examiner.com and author. She’s also currently an instructor at Northern Virginia Community College – Annandale Campus.
Faydra has been writing since she was about twelve years old, but she only started taking her writing seriously in the last few years. An eighth-grade reading teacher was so impressed with Faydra’s writing that she gave her a journal as a gift and told Faydra that she could make a living as a writer. All these years later, Faydra is heeding that advice and putting her writing talent to better use.