About Me

Short and sweet version:

I’m a children’s book writer. I have four kids, and I love the outdoors. I use running for a mental escape and to discover or live in my stories. Staring at a waterfall is as close to heaven as I’ll get for now. I may think that because I live in the desert, Las Vegas, NV! I would die without caramel apples and chocolate covered strawberries.


This is an inspirational blog for anyone seeking to live their best life. None of us are perfect or come from perfect backgrounds, but this doesn’t mean we can’t aim for a positive and fulfilling life. The life we all deserve.


I grew up in a dysfunctional home and overcame many odds to be where I am today. Additionally, I was a single mother at 21 years old. I struggled to graduate with my bachelor’s degree with little help or guidance, but it made all the difference in my life. Therefore, I have a passion for guiding those who have a dream of attending college.

I have worked in the area of pediatrics as a nurse since 2001. My background is primarily Pediatric Intensive Care. I’ve taught nursing students at the college level for over ten years.

I’m currently married with four lovely children (2 boys and 2 girls). The road to where I’m at wasn’t easy. I’m a survivor and a fighter creating my future despite my past.

My family

Through my personal experiences as well as what I’ve learned working in the pediatric setting, I’ve developed a passion for storytelling. I love the YA years because it is an exciting time in one’s life when one begins to ask big questions and find answers. I grew up reading C.S. Lewis and Roald Dahl to escape from my home life. I hope to make even of a fraction of an impact these two authors have made through their words. Additionally, I’m half Puerto Rican and half Korean. My oldest son is half African American. My family is filled with diversity. Therefore, I support diverse books.

When I’m not writing, I’m is running or exercising, adding content to my other website www.healthykidsplay.com, or being a taxi driver for my kiddos in Las Vegas, NV. Balance is key in life.

This was Jy in October 2015. He was in a coma. That’s his favorite pillow! Can’t you tell?

Jy Black

My younger son, Jy, suffered from encephalitis and Guillain-Barre Syndrome post the flu mist at the end of 2015. He was in a coma for about three weeks and quadriplegic. He had to learn how to talk, walk, eat, go to the bathroom, etc. all over again. He continues to heal and is a constant inspiration to me. I talk about him often in my posts. I hope he inspires you too.

Initials I have accumulated:

  • BSN- Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • MSN/PNP- Masters of Science in Nursing, Specialty: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner / Clinical-Nurse Specialist in primary, acute, and chronic care, Stony Brook State University of New York,
  • PhD- Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing: Sustainable Health, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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I’m hoping to connect with other positive/motivational/inspirational bloggers. We can collaborate and share our blog posts.

Additionally, this is a closed group of AMAZING people who are trying to be better today than they were yesterday. Please share any positive messages found in books (both fiction and nonfiction), blogs/articles, and personal stories. We can all learn from each other. Leave our past behind and let us claim the bright future we all deserve.

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119 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Thanks for checking out my blog. I look forward to reading more of yours. How frightening for your family to have gone through such a crisis with your son! I pray for God’s peace and healing as you keep moving forward in life. You have a lovely family! I love that you’re a fellow author 😉

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    1. Thank you, Laura. Yes, it was a scary situation, but God has blessed our family with a lot. Thank you for stopping by! Getting published is something I’ve been attempting over the last few years. It hasn’t been an easy road, but I enjoy writing. Congrats on your publications!


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