Branding myself as an Award-winning Nuyorican author would only honor one thing about me. I have a PhD in Nursing Research and Theory Development from New York University. When I’m not writing I work in a NYC shelter for women living with mental illness as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. While walking the educational process I was coyoted into realizing my true calling as a novelist and poet. I was born in Brooklyn and have lived here proudly all of my life. A few readers have mentioned that Brooklyn is one of my greatest protagonists. I’m also a spiritualist and an initiated priestess of Yemaya in the Orisha tradition. 

Weaving these aspects of myself into my writing, my characters usually thrive in Brooklyn, delve into spiritual realms and the Orisha tradition, and grapple with the grim realities of urban life. Mental illness, domestic violence, and substance dependence are areas integrated in my protagonists’ lives as they search for personal meaning and how to become their most authentic selves.

My relationship with my spirit guides has led me into the creation of the Graciella la Gitana Oracle/Oráculo de Graciella la Gitana. This oracle offers spiritual direction on a path of compassion and love—something we truly need for the restoration of ourselves and our Earth Mother. Throughout the week, I offer a spiritual reading on Graciella’s page on a concept that she would like us to focus on and she thinks would be beneficial for us.

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