Some people call me a preacher girl. Some people call me a wordsmith. Most people call me “Y.” I love telling people about the origin of my name. As you can imagine, I am often called “E”vette, “Ya”vette and all kinds of Vettes. My mother named me “Y”vette and made a declaration that the “Y” is not silent. Now that’s a prophetic word, because as a writer, preacher, spiritual life coach and pastor, I am not quiet when it comes to sharing the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
My life’s work is about helping people move from brokenness to wholeness. I left a lucrative position in the non-profit world to answer my calling into ordained ministry. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University with a Masters of Theological Studies. I am also a 2017 fellow of Princeton Theological Seminary's prestigious Black Theology and Leadership Institute.
As a licensed pastor and womanist preacher, I am a prayer warrior who advocates for those who are marginalized, particularly for women who have experienced brokenness in their personal, career and church relationships. As a former Methodist elder, I founded and launched Her Sister's Situation Ministry, out of my own experience of sexual assault.
I am a Dallas girl who fell in love with writing when I was six-years-old. That led me to being a budding junior “investigative reporter,” and to pursue my BA in Journalism and English Literature from the University of North Texas. After a successful career in journalism working in print, radio and television, I shifted gears to serve in the non-profit world where I wanted to make a difference in the lives of the people with whom I came in contact. From my work as a public relations specialist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC to my work as regional vice president of communications and marketing for the South Central Affiliate of the American Heart Association, I’ve enjoyed utilizing my God-given gift of writing and editing to make meaningful contributions and to help positively transform the lives of others.
My poetry, creative non-fiction, historical fiction and academic work is published in anthologies, journals, books and magazines, including Kente Cloth, Tex!, Langdon Review of Arts in Texas, Texas Short Stories, New Texas 2001, and The Hoot and Holler of the Owls.
I am a three-time scholarship recipient of The Hurston Wright Foundation in Washington, DC, where I was selected among 60 writers from throughout the African Diaspora, to work with noted literary giants such as Sonia Sanchez, Jewell Parker Rhodes and Tim Seibels, in honing our skills as writers.
I am a firm believer that God can and will heal our brokenness. The Apostle Paul reminds us in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s Masterpiece. He has created us so we can do good things.” I am hopeful that God will continue to allow me to do the “good thing” of helping everyday people, like you and me, put our words to paper, and produce work that will truly be a balm for the masses.
I have edited an anthology, a scholarly journal and have worked with ministers and pastors to help them turn their messages and sermons to published books - eighteen books and counting!
What sets me apart from being just a "copyeditor," is my background, education and theological training in God's word. I read for grammar, flow, and attention to the accuracy in God's word. This means that I will double-check Scripture, listen for your "flow," stay true to your voice, and I will make sure that what you "preach" comes across with the same power in your book. It's like having another minister of the Gospel working alongside you.
In July of 2017, I released Being Ruth: Pressing Through Life's Struggles with Fearless Faith.