Tuesday, April 26, 2011

YA Indie Spotlight: Sybil Nelson

Hi Everyone!

Today, Sybil Nelson is on the blog! Sybil is promoting her YA novel The Queen Bee of Bridgeton.

(post hijack! I LOVE this cover!)


When fifteen-year-old Sonya Garrison is accepted into the prestigious Bridgeton Academy, she soon discovers that rich girls are just as dangerous as the thugs in her home of Venton Heights. Maybe more so. After catching the eye of the star white basketball player and unwittingly becoming the most popular girl in school, she earns the hatred of the three most ruthless and vindictive girls at Bridgeton. Can she defeat the reigning high school royalty? Or will they succeed in ruining her lifelong dream of becoming a world class dancer? 

Rating: PG-13 

About the Author 

Sybil has always had a love of books and writing. During her school years, she'd choose a different author each summer and devour their complete works.  Riding public transportation from her low-income housing, she always dedicated Wednesdays to her library pursuits. 

Sybil also spent her time jotting down poems and stories in her beloved notebooks. She even won a full scholarship to Washington and Lee University for one of her essays. Though her scholarship was for journalism, she soon lost confidence in her writing and ended up changing her major from English and Journalism to Mathematics and Music Theory.

During the years after college, while working as a math teacher at Georgetown Day School, Sybil never lost her love of words. She continued to devour novels in her free time. In all of her reading, however, she began to notice that the novels she enjoyed most never contained any black female characters. This observation bothered her. 

After years noticing the role models (or lack thereof) for black girls in the media, Sybil finally decided to pick up a pen and do something about it. While working as a math teacher at Ashley Hall School in Charleston, South Carolina, and finishing her master's thesis at the College of Charelston, she began writing stories poems and novels that featured strong black women. She now attends the Medical University of South Carolina pursuing her Ph.D. in Biostatistics. She continues to write and, to date, has written ten complete novels. 

The Queen Bee of Bridgeton can be purchased for 


The reviews look stellar and it is priced at $2.99. Sybil has several other titles available as well. You can visit her websites for both Sybil Nelson and Leslie DuBois.

I hope you'll check her out!