Current Book Projects

Amanda, Laurence, Margarita, and Leoanna have different visions for the books we want to write and publish.

As of July 2021, we have three active book projects underway, with several more in the works.

Nonfiction Books

What exactly are nonfiction books? What does the term “nonfiction” book really mean?

Nonfiction books are books about anything that is real, truthful, and factual. Things like descriptions of people, places, or things, memories, and opinions all count as nonfiction material.

You might already be familiar with nonfiction books. Here are a few examples:

  • scholarly or educational textbooks or workbooks
  • cookbooks
  • books about history
  • autobiographies, biographies, and memoirs
  • how-to (such as the “Dummy Guide to…” or instructional guides)
  • news stories
  • faith-based devotionals, biblical interpretations, or other similar books
  • foreign-language guides or instructional books
  • etc.
SB nonfiction

Conflicted with Joy

“Conflicted with Joy: The evolution of a dance studio from a parent’s perspective” is a book designed to capture the emotional connection between a parent supporter and a dance studio. With three locations in Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, Maryland, Joy of Motion dance studio impacted Amanda in ways that other dance studios did not.

Amanda elevated the status of Joy of Motion in her personal life to such an extent, that she was willing to transplant her entire family and start anew to be closer to the studio for the benefit of her daughters and their continuing dance education.

This book is intended to capture the essence of Amanda’s deep admiration and love for Joy of Motion dance studio. The book will start off with a background of Amanda’s upbringing with dance, discuss her daughters’ experiences with other dance studios, and culminate in finding that magical unicorn at Joy of Motion dance studio.

Along the way, Amanda will discuss the history of Joy of Motion and piece together the limited information she was able to glean as a parent of two former students of Joy of Motion. Facts, dates, history, and real people will be a central aspect of this book.

For this reason, Amanda will continue soliciting help from people who previously had and currently have working relationships with Joy of Motion to help make this a well-rounded book with facts, quotes, and information from all sides.

Black Voices in Metro D.C.

Amanda has decided to do her own part to promote the interests of the Black community by writing profiles of Black men and women who live and work in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Amanda already has a roster of great people she’d like to write about, and is slowly reaching out and getting permission to do so.

Faith-based Memoir

Amanda began the first draft of a memoir titled “A Slice of Faith” back in 2012 in response to horrible things that were happening to her. Amanda thought if she could make sense of life problems through a lens of faith, it would work itself into a deeply moving, spiritual book.

In 2013, working on “A Slice of Faith” became too much and Amanda shelved the project until March 2020, when the pandemic hit. A chance encounter with old files and writings from “A Slice of Faith” led to renewed interest in this project.