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Born on the wrong side of life,I learned to make myself invisible, to be so quiet that no one noticed me in the shadows. My illiterate grandfather, and nearly illiterate grandmother valued books and education; consequently, they coaxed a Carnegie Librarian to teach me to read and write by age six.
When I was nine years old, my grandfather was murdered; the killer never apprehended. Writing allowed me to deal with my anger and grief by changing the ending of that particular reality: I wrote murder stories.
I published my first poem and my first journalistic articles around the age of fourteen. It was a time of countrywide unrest and riots.
After that, I never stopped writing--poems, articles, short stories, novels.
Good Intentions (first edition), a literary novel, received the Alice B. Reader Award for Excellence in 2002.
Sketch of a Murder and Street Harvest have made Amazon's Top 100 Bestseller's Lists several times.