Fiction.

What the Fireflies Knew
Status: Querying

Sometimes, what you don’t know can hurt you…

One night, in a run-down house on a dead-end street in Detroit, 10-year-old Kenyatta (“KB”) finds her father dead of a drug overdose. It’s the first big secret she learns, but not the last. After her Daddy’s death, KB finds herself stranded in Lansing, Michigan for a summer with a Granddaddy she doesn’t know. Trying to break through his tough exterior is almost as tough as reconnecting with her moody older sister, who is hiding an awful family secret. And speaking of secrets, KB’s new best friends are dealing with a family secret of their own—a racist mother who they try to shield KB from.

Luckily, KB’s focus is elsewhere. She wants two things most of all: first, find a way back home to Momma. Second, figure out her sister’s big secret. For some reason, she thinks the two are related… maybe her sister’s secret is the reason why they had to leave home! KB is willing to do whatever it takes to find out, so that she can get her Momma and sister back—even if it means fighting poverty and buried family secrets, all on her own. But when she decides to keep her own big secret for the first time, it may prove too much to handle, even for KB.

Any Other Place
Status: Drafting

Maleah Dunn, a 15-year-old high school student longs to fit in with her classmates. But as one of the few black students in an all-white school, she keeps finding herself sticking out. Especially after the violent death of her classmate, Derrick Eddy, who she believes to be the victim of a racial hate crime. But in order to prove it, she’ll have to give up on her goal of fitting in, and accept all that comes with her identity, even as school administrators try to stop her at every turn, and fear of her own truth may even cause her to stop herself.

The Secrets in the Middle
Status: Drafting

The Secrets in the Middle tells the story of Rodney and Marlowe: a happy couple with a perfect marriage. Until one day Rodney leaves, and Marlowe is left to discover all the reasons why, and all the secrets in the middle.