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STILL CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

SPOTLIGHT ON MOLLY WILLIAMS, AFRICAN-AMERICAN FIREFIGHTER LEGEND

When my picture book based on the adventures of America’s first female firefighter, Molly Williams, was released in 2012, I did several interviews for bloggers.  One of the nicest was this one, from DEBtastic Reads, debtasticreads.wordpress.com. DEBtastic Reads! is Debbi Michiko Florence’s blog featuring author interviews and book buzz for books for kids and teens. I’ve know Debbi for years and it was a pleasure ‘talking’ with her about this book of mine, which went on to win the bronze medal in the 2013 Florida Book Awards, and others.  As for Debbi’s writing life, I’m happy to report that the first two books of her chapter book series, Jasmine Toguchi, will be released May 2017 with FSG...

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Celebrating Black History Month

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND MOLLY WILLIAMS, AFRICAN-AMERICAN FIREFIGHTING LEGEND

Black History Month gives us all a rare chance to meet or become re-acquainted with African-Americans of achievement in history.  One such individual is Molly Williams, who was not only the first female firefighter in America but also an African-American living in New York City in the early 1800’s.  Her story, while little known when I found it, was memorable.  I’d love to tell you how I ‘met’ Molly and why I HAD to tell her story.

As a writer, I’m always looking for a good idea for “the next book”.

However, some of my best book ideas have come looking for me.

That’s just what happened with MOLLY BY GOLLY! The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter. 

I’d just star...

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