I was born in Toulouse, France, and raised on the small Caribbean island of Saint Martin, the source of many of my writing inspirations. You could say I lived the bohemian life until I was eighteen years old (when I left the island to pursue an education in New York.) During the majority of my childhood and teenage years, I rarely wore shoes and spent 90% of my free time outdoors or the on the beach.
I now live in Westchester County with my family, about a 35 minute drive from New York City.
Although I am lucky enough to be home with my sons, Liam and Noah, almost every day, I teach English, Creative Writing, and Communication at two colleges: Mercy College and Manhattanville College.
My poems, short stories, and articles have been featured in Graffiti Literary Magazine, Cactus Heart Press, The Bangalore Review, The Write Place at the Write Time, and the LaMothe Review. I was a part of three literary journals over the course of four years, serving as fiction editor, associate editor, and editor-in-chief. I also worked as a columnist for L’Elite Magazine and as a French and English translator. I am currently editing my first novel, We Carved Our Names in Tamarind Trees.
I was seventeen when my father was diagnosed with kidney cancer. This was an eye opener for me and my family: we modified our diet, paid closer attention to product labels, and became more health-conscious in all areas of our lives.
Almost a decade later, when I got pregnant with my first child, I decided to have a natural birth for the same reason: I wanted my son to enter the world without the use of drugs and unnecessary medical intervention. I wanted him to get a healthy start in life, which is also why I breastfed my son until he was almost 26 months.
When I was twelves weeks pregnant with my second baby, I decided to become vegan. After watching the documentary, What the Health, I decided that being vegan would allow me to live in harmony with my thoughts, values, and ethics. Again, it was such an easy, natural decision to make for me and my family.
We live in a world where almost everything we buy and use harms us or others, so I try to make the “healthy” choice when I have the opportunity to. I know I can’t have control over everything, but I do get some peace of mind knowing that when I can, I do what’s best for my family.