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MY FAITH

Christ died on the cross for me. Once Christ returned to heaven, God sent the Holy Spirit to be my Comforter, Teacher, Guide, Counsel, and all-around Ace. The Bible is a sacred text which I don’t debate because I know it has been misused, abused, reinterpreted for a myriad of reasons, and mishandled for unholy gains. Despite all of these things, I know God is real based on the experiences I’ve had as a result of our relationship. I choose to worship God and don’t judge others who choose not to believe in God the way I do. Whether we believe the same thing or not… I choose to treat others with respect.

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Books were one of the tools God used to protect my heart and mind while I lived with my biological family. Life taught me a lot too soon. God provided a lot of healing for life’s earliest painful lessons through my foster family. One of the ways I bonded with my foster dad involved reading books together until the day he passed away. Writing African American’s women’s fiction with diverse supporting characters, love-fueled crime fiction heroines, and devotionals is how I fulfill part of God’s purpose for me, honor the love and healing I received during foster care, and be an intentional part of the solution those sincere about making the world a better place for people of African enslaved people. For readers working to support celebrating the beauty of being from diverse cultures and ethnicities instead of internalizing the narratives that support division.

 

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SUCCESS AFTER FOSTER

Most folks don’t know my story, because I don’t really tell it. Call it a case of unapologetic introversion, if you like, but talking about my personal life isn’t one of the things I love to do. It’s one of the things I’ve learned to do for readers interested in knowing more about the person writing the books. I’d rather write about God, quirky characters, how to use technology, or overcoming challenges… I digress.

Over twenty years ago, DFCS closed my case two days after I turned 18. The fastest thing they did for me. To be honest, for me, foster care wasn’t the horror I’ve heard it can be and is for most children. What many kids experience in foster care is what landed me in the system.

No, foster care helped me, the way it was intended. Being part of a loving two-parent family, having a Dad, helped heal my heart. Over the years, I’ve realized how fortunate I am and have been looking for a way to help others. The way my foster Dad instilled in me. Success After Foster will share the wisdom I received from my foster experience that led to being a mentally sound, emotionally whole and stable, physically fit, and spiritually strong healthy adult able to live a full life.

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​Reading shaped my childhood while protecting my empathy. Writing freed my ambition and strengthened my heart. Books are an irreplaceable part of my life. We ❤ Books Con uses the skills and love for technology from my career as a technical communicator to provide those of us who ❤ enjoying, creating, and sharing books an opportunity to connect online.  Unfortunately between George Floyd and the pandemic the bandwidth to continue this project didn’t exist.

POLITICAL BELIEFS

Political parties have failed America. My observation is there is one party in America that doesn’t know how to work together like grownups anymore… The capitalist party. Without a sincere desire for cooperation and a return to wanting respectful communication, our country will continue to be ripped apart and sold to the highest bidder. The extremists can and will only be ignored when the “silent majority” begins to make our voices heard. I’m an independent voter unwilling to force my principles on others or compromise my faith. Not an easy path to take, but thanks to my Ace, l’m well equipped for the journey.