G.P. was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY to West Indian parents. She lived in East Flatbush where she shared the same cultural heritage as most of her neighbors, classmates, and dollar cab drivers. Her second home is St. Vincent and the Grenadines. There, she spent summer vacations devouring crab and callaloo soup, losing earrings at the beach, and digging for Back Back Turkeys under her granny’s porch.
As a child, she did not keep her head in books or enjoy writing. Instead, other art forms captivated her such as crocheting, embroidery, and anything else that worked her hands.
As she grew, so did her interest in math and science. While majoring in Biology at Wesleyan University, her mother suggested writing a book for children. G.P. loved the idea but wrote nothing for 16 years, not knowing what to write. The fog lifted on February 16, 2018, when she saw Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. This superhero film gave G.P. the spark she needed to get to work. She also finds inspiration from her embarrassing childhood experiences, family shenanigans, and all the in-between heartfelt moments.
G.P. loves writing stories that depict unique and positive images of everyday people and settings throughout the African Diaspora. People of African descent have important stories other than slavery, civil rights, and urban life that must be told. She would be honored if her books inspire Black youth, both in age and at heart, to feel good about their racial identity and unlock the countless possibilities of who they can be and what they can experience. At the same time, she wants to help children across the racial and ethnic spectrum see that we are more alike than different, no matter what goes on in the world.
In April 2018, she wrote her first picture book draft. A hot mess it was. Two years and countless revisions later, she participated in Twitter’s #PBPitch party where she connected with her literary agent, Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties, Inc.
G.P. writes lyrical fiction and historical fiction picture books. Maybe one day she’ll give rhyme a serious shot. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, #BlackCreatorsInKidlit, Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture Book Challenge, and the Author’s Guild.