- The Washington Post
—George R.R. Martin
Photo Courtesy of Gudrun Johnston
I was born in New York City to parents of Caribbean descent. I grew up mostly in Maryland, but I've spent the last twenty years on the move, jumping from East to West Coast to the Rocky Mountains, and back and forth to Scotland and France several times.
I'm the author of a trilogy of fantasy novels set in Acacia: The Sacred Band, The Other Lands, and The War With The Mein, as well as the historical novels The Risen, Pride of Carthage, Walk Through Darkness, and Gabriel’s Story. My middle grade solarpunk fantasy novel, The Shadow Prince, is the first in a series from Tu Books. My novels have been published in the UK and in French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. Three of my novels have been optioned for development as feature films.
My stories have appeared in four of George RR Martin’s Wild Cards novels: Fort Freak, Lowball, High Stakes, Texas Hold ‘Em, and another is forthcoming in Pairing Up. Other short fiction has been anthologized in Unbound, Unfettered, and Unfettered II.
I've taught quite a bit too: at the University of Maryland, the University of Massachusetts, The Colorado College, for the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, Cal State University, and at Hampshire College. I've reviewed books for The Washington Post and The Raleigh News & Observer, and served as a judge for the Pen/Faulkner Awards, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards, and the World Fantasy Award.
I currently teach in two MFA programs: at the University of Nevada, Reno and the Stonecoast MFA Program of the University of Southern Maine.