Some people wonder if I write book for teens as well as adults. And the answer is YES! I started out writing books that were based on my life experiences as a teen and young woman and then I wanted to write novels that reflected my adult experiences. I wanted my girls from The Blueprint for My Girls to know that I was growing right alongside them.
Hi everyone!! Thanks for coming to my site. As the text says, I’m an author, director and producer. But, really, deep down, I’m a person with a lot of stories and would like to see them in different mediums. I graduated from Hampton University and I studied Sociology. I enjoyed it so much that I went on to get my graduate degree in Sociology from Morehead State University. Sociology taught me how to study people, society and circumstances. If you ever read any of my books or watch any of my film work, you will see my Sociology all through it. I care about people and I want to tell great stories.
She is the author of The Blueprint for My Girls: How To Build A Life Full of Courage, Determination & Self Love (Simon and Schuster) and five other books. Her best selling “Blueprint” empowerment series is utilized as a self esteem, motivational, and educational tool at middle and high schools, after school programs, non-profit youth centers, as well as Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the country.
Her first documentary production, Can She Be Saved?, which she wrote and directed—examined violence among middle school girls. Shiraz is also the screenwriter of the short film, They Call Me Dae which was an official selection at the NC Black Film Festival and screened at various film industry events in New York City. The DC Department of Mental Health also hired Shiraz to write and direct The Difference, a short film about teen suicide.
Shiraz often conducts youth programs with various community partners. Shiraz’s programming clients include: The YWCA, Girls Inc, The Philadelphia African American Children’s Bookfair, Congressman Elijah Cummings Teen Youth Summit, The University of Delaware, Girl Scouts, Syracuse University’s Sisters Empowering Sisters Conference, The US Postal Service, Planned Parenthood, Essence Music Festival, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, The WNBA’s Washington Mystics and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
The popularity of her “Blueprint” workshops for middle school, high school and college audiences lead Shiraz to become a highly sought after radio & TV youth expert appearing on FOX, ABC, NBC and CBS news affiliates nationwide. <em>Ebony</em>, <em>Essence</em>, <em>CosmoGirl!</em> and <em>Teen People</em> magazines have featured reviews of Shiraz’s Blueprint books and/or have asked her to contribute to advice articles for teens.