How do you pronounce your first name?
What's your book about?
BEASTS OF PREY is a Pan-African inspired fantasy that follows two Black teenagers who must venture into a forbidden, magical jungle to hunt down the ancient creature menacing their home--before they become the hunted. It promises all the things I adore--monsters, mythos, and #BlackGirlMagic.
When does BEASTS OF PREY come out?
The first book in the BEASTS OF PREY trilogy will publish September 28, 2021. The second and third books will likely publish in 2022 and 2023, respectively! To stay up to date on its news, you can add it to your list of books on GoodReads! It's also available for preorder at all major outlets. I will have more information about where to find signed copies soon!
Why do you call BEASTS OF PREY a “Pan-African” inspired fantasy?
What inspired BEASTS OF PREY?
Short Version: In my third year of undergraduate study, I took an honors colloquium on political violence that made me begin grappling with how ideas of “good” and “evil” can sometimes become murky, and it stayed with me. Six months later, I studied abroad in Ghana (West Africa) and was immediately intrigued by its beautiful landscapes, complex history, and the connection I felt to it as a person of the African diaspora. The amalgamation of those experiences inspired me to start writing the story that (eventually) became BEASTS OF PREY.
What research did you do to write BEASTS OF PREY?
Because of my degree in African and African-American Studies, I had already been formally educated in topics including the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Pan-Africanism, and West African Decolonization, but my knowledge of folklore from across the African continent was limited, so I spent a considerable amount of time reading academic articles and books about them—(fun fact, many of the creatures in BOP are based on creatures from real lore!).
How did you get published?
Is there going to be a sequel to BEASTS OF PREY?
Yes! BEASTS OF PREY is the first of a trilogy, so expect two more books full of monsters and magic. As of now, the books are slated to (probably) publish in 2022 and 2023 respectively, so you won’t have to wait too long after the first!
How long is BEASTS OF PREY?
As a writer, this was a question I was always interested in, so I thought I'd be transparent and share it here. In publishing, books are measured not by their page counts but by their word counts. BOP was 96,000 words when I queried it to literary agents; it grew to 99,000 words when I took it on submission to editors; the last version I sent off to the printers was ~118,000 words, give or take!
Can you critique or provide feedback on my writing?
Can you give any advice to writers and aspiring authors?
How can I get an advanced reader copy (ARC) of BEASTS OF PREY?
Limited advance copies of BEASTS OF PREY can be found in a number of places! First, check places like GoodReads, where sometimes there may be giveaways. Online forums like Edelweiss and Netgalley may also have limited copies available by request. Finally, you can reach out directly to my publisher, Penguin Teen, on social media.