In early 2016, I was invited to be a guest speaker at a number of International Baccalaureate English and Theatre classes as well as AVID (Advancement Via Individual Direction) classes at Marco Antonio Firebaugh High School in Lynwood—the city in South Central Los Angeles County where much of my novel All Involved is set. Needless to say, this visit held very special meaning for me. It was truly a magnificent thing to see the promise in the new generation first-hand.
I was fortunate to be able to talk about the importance of reading in my life and back it up by bringing a number of books with me for the students, as well as a donation of copies for the school library. This was made possible, in part, by the generosity of Ecco (HarperCollins), Picador (Pan Macmillan), & Writers House.