So, I’ll start with my name. It’s Arabic, and the correct pronunciation is sue-hi-ba. It was given to me by my godfather and has two meanings: “one who has received God’s wealth and grace” and “little companion”.

If you’re looking at my picture and trying to figure out what I am, I’ll save you the trouble – I’m mixed. My father is mostly Irish with a bit of German, and my mother is African-American with a little bit of Native American (and a few other things too). I have always enjoyed having a unique name and a unique background as well, mostly because it forces people to look at me for who I am and not what I am.

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where I still reside. I come from a long line of writers on both sides of my family tree (published and unpublished) and have always enjoyed creative writing. I began with short stories and poetry at a young age and then had the grand idea to one day write a novel (which may still happen).

I never would have guessed my heart would lie in children’s picture books, but after the birth of my daughter and attending a six-week class on writing for the children’s market a few years later, the ideas have just been flowing. I was lucky enough to be included in a wonderful writing group that stemmed from the class, which is made up of other mothers like myself and the most fabulous (and published) mentor.

I am also a member of SCBWI and attend as many conferences and events as possible. I always walk away with great information, and inspiration to keep honing my skills. And I always make sure to take advantage of the permission to submit to all editors in attendance. Now I’m just waiting on my big break into the world of publishing with the arrival of an acceptance letter.

If you’d like to know about my educational background, career and other hobbies, all of that can be found on my LinkedIn page. Please feel free to connect with me while you’re there. And if you’re wondering why I chose the ladybug image as part of my theme, it was the nickname my mother gave me when I was just a wee girl and it has stuck with me through the years.