Q: First tell us something about yourself.
I’m a Haitian-American writer, a lover of nature, and an adventurer. I’ve spent many years learning about the land around me and exploring its healing capabilities. This discovery was so profound that I began leading hikes for local explorers and decided to distill some of nature’s teachings through my first-ever children’s book.
Q: How and when did your journey start as a writer?
I have always used journaling as a tool for emotional regulation and self-realization. Since I was young, I would envision stories in my imagination and jot down the ones that deeply resonated with me. However, it wasn’t until 2020 that I decided these stories would be valuable to share with loved ones and those who, like me, seek inner healing. My goal is to impact a community that could benefit from viewing writing as a powerful tool for self-discovery.
Q: When did you write your first story? Is it published or not?
I wrote my first story before I recognized it as such. Before embarking on the journey of publishing, I viewed my writings simply as expressions of my inner world. I now understand that they are all my stories, even if they didn’t always have a clear beginning, middle, or end, or a marketable plot. Part of this realization is finally comprehending that my words hold significance as essential components of my personal journey.
Q: Tell us something more about your books?
This book, ‘Teachings of the Great Outdoors,’ is a genuine adventure that makes readers think critically about their personal journey in the best possible way. The words, combined with the pictures, will come alive in your mind and might even tempt you to close your eyes, just so you can reopen them and find yourself instantly transported into a colorful, magical forest
Q: How did these stories and characters come to your mind?
Robin, the main character, embodies who I was as a child: curious, seeking answers, yet uncertain about which path to follow. She naturally came to mind because these are the stories I wished my young self had known and found comfort in. I am delighted to write this story for the young minds around me who may benefit from a conversation that can often feel complicated due to societal messaging about teaching kids about their future. My goal is to make this conversation more accessible through Robin’s enjoyable and free-flowing adventure.
Q: Do you want to leave any message for your readers?
Careers may be fleeting, but the strength of one’s character endures eternally. Encourage young minds to forge a robust self-identity and embark on explorations of the boundless world around them. This foundation will empower them to excel in any career or life path they ultimately choose.