I don't just write to entertain. I write to educate, inspire, uplift, and empower my readers. Most of all, I create characters that people can relate to who live in communities people care about.
If you don't open yourself up to the raw emotions this story is capable of developing within you, if you don't spend time evaluating your responses and their causes, if you don't look at your own societal lens, you are not doing Salmon Croquettes justice. It is not simply a great read, but a catalyst for understanding, change, and greater love.
Mark Demler, Reader's Review
My Debut Novel
What's it about?
In 1965, "The Circle" in Watts, Los Angeles, was filled with its own particular joys and troubles. This vibrant neighborhood comes alive in Salmon Croquettes, a heartwarming, humorous, and sometimes heartbreaking, historical fiction that brilliantly exposes the strength, resilience, and interconnectedness of the Black community.
Zayla Lucille McKinney grapples with the confusion of feeling like a boy trapped in a girl's body. Is she what the other girls call her, a "bulldagger"? And what does that even mean? In the midst of her transformation from 12-year-old tomboy to young woman, the community she loves explodes in a racial uprising.
The Watts Riots teach Zayla the fragility of life and the importance of friendship. As the embers die down
and the smoke clears, Zayla also learns something else, a family secret.
Salmon Croquettes is a sensitive exploration of Zayla's transition from childhood incomprehension - why do adults expect children to magically understand what is not acceptable? - to an acceptance of who she is and the truth of who her parents really are.
It makes me proud to know you wrote this book. You have a knack for writing. The only way you can thank me is to go out and get the word out there about this book and our story that you so beautifully told!
Nathaniel "Magnificent Montague" Montague
Former KGFJ Los Angeles Radio DJ and author of "Burn Baby Burn"
About the Book Club
Are you looking for something new to spice up your DEI programming in order to get more engagement?
Do you have a DEI book club and are looking for your next book?
If you answered "Yes" to either one of those questions, Salmon Croquettes is the perfect book for you. But, don't take my word for it, read the reviews and see for yourself.
Salmon Croquettes is more than a coming of age novel. It's a catalyst for change, greater understanding, and love.
Let's talk about how I can help transform your DEI program and educate and inspire your DEI learners through this unique book club.