What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about my faith in God.

What do you like doing in your free time?

In my free time, put me anywhere with my family and I am happy!

Was there any message that you wanted to leave your readers from the story The Runaway Beignet?

There are several themes the reader can find within the story such as generosity is a gift. Marcel’s selfless character teaches us to be generous with our thoughts, our words and our actions. Marcel put the needs of others ahead of his personal gain. The text states, “Many believed Marcel could have been rich had he not given his pastries to the poor. He even wandered the cobblestone streets feeding beignets to hungry pigeons.” Being generous not only enhances the life of another, but our own as well. At the end of the story, the pigeons reciprocated Marcel’s generosity by returning the beignet boy to him.

Can you tell us one favorite fan memory?

I’ve been fortunate to speak with many children who are very positive and supportive of my books. But one incident that comes to mind happened in the New Orleans French Quarter with an adorable five-year-old little girl.  She came to my table where I was promoting books and looked up at me with wide-opened eyes and said, “Wow, are you a real author?”

I knelt beside her and said, “Yes, I am a real author. But do you know what is more important than that – I am a teacher!”


Where is your favorite place to be in the world?

Believe it or not, my favorite place to be is at home surrounded by my family.

What is your favorite color? Why?

My favorite color is green because it represents life; such a priceless gift.

What is your favorite type of food?

Any type of Cajun food – Aiyee!