I published my first science fiction novel, Voice of The Unheard, in 2019.
I’m the owner of NeuroDiversity Consulting and founder of the nonprofit organization Sanchia A Callender Inc.
I'm the quirky black girl who read all the books, took apart the electronics, messed with live wires, and lived to tell the tale. I grew up to be a quirky black woman with knowledge, opinions, and touched by grace. Along with my husband Jeremy, I manage our squad of five children and all our stuff.
I utilize my life experiences with faith, marriage, parenting, autism, ADHD, and so much more, to create the change I want to see in my community. I'm an advocate for children and families, especially those living with developmental disabilities. I like to remind people of the positive impact they have when they serve their communities.
I'm a writer, artist, and graphic designer. Even I don't know what I’m going to do next.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My family moved from Barbados to New York City when I was young. I grew up an outsider looking in. Two words, public library. When I was too young to go on my own I dragged my parents along as often their multiple jobs would allow. When I got older I haunted the library on my own. I was also that kid that occasionally skipped school to go to the museum. Lots of those in New York City. I had the world at my finger tips one way or another growing up. All that knowledge, all that history, all those possibilities, all those opportunities to speculate, I wonder what would happen if...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember reading what I think of as my first science fiction story in second or third grade. It involved folk in a small town getting sick and transforming into humanoid frogs. The only people who didn't get sick turned out to be the ones who liked jogging. I'm sure the author had ulterior motives with that plot line. That story got me hooked on science fiction. It also stands out because I was cornered and made fun of by a classmate for reading it. I came away from the experience confused about why anyone would care what I was reading, and determined to finish that book. I wanted to be the kind of person who could figure out how to save the town from the nutty scientist experimenting on people not the one that would make fun of someone for reading a book.
Irrilynn Reade’s first rule of survival on Pandora Mining Station? Keep your head down. Her second rule? Know when to break the rules. When the raider spaceship Valkyrie docks, ready to collect human cargo from the colony, Irrilynn does more than break rules.