(stolen shamelessly from my Facebook page):
One year ago, I wan’t sure I would ever publish another book.
My medical practice was (and remains) one of the busiest and most thinly stretched in my county, and I had a proposal in my documents folder that needed a good amount of work.
Then Dhonielle guilted me into getting back to it, and Natalie and Laurieand Kathy and Madcap Retreats gave me the energy and *space and time* to work on it, and my agent Jessica Regel gave me the calm certainty that it was worthy, and then OMG Kheryn Callender and Alvina Ling swept in as Fairy Godparents in a dream team with Ruqayyah Daud.
Still, I could not have done this without an incredible community of writer friends (Abigail, Sonya, Kelly, Stacey, Aisha, Becky, Randy, you know who you are), who supported me when I felt burned out from writing, and reassured me that there would still be a place for me in the fold when I came back.
I am so happy that I’ll be back soon!
Huge thanks, also, to the readers and interviewees who have helped me make the book of my heart as authentic as possible. It takes a village to write a book responsibly, and thank you Eric + Bassey, Oozo, Lyn, Marieke, Rachel Simon, Uduak, DK and Regina.
Please save the date for THIS IS MY BRAIN IN LOVE, Spring 2020 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. It’s a (half*) #ownvoices YA contemporary about navigating love and anxiety and depression across cultures. I like it a lot, and hope you do too.
(h/t Holly Bodger for the tip that it was in PW!)
*The book is in dual narrative!