Blackboard best-selling author Valerie Wilson Wesley is a contributing editor for Essence magazine and is the author of the Tamara Hayle mystery series for adults. She is also the author of Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do, for which she received the 2000 Black Caucus Literature Award in adult fiction from the American Library Association. Her latest adult novel is Playing My Mother's Blues. Ms. Wesley's children's books include Freedom's Gifts: A Juneteenth Story, and she is the coauthor of the Afro-bets Book of Black Heroes with Wade Hudson. Ms. Wesley lives in New Jersey with her husband, Screenwriter and playwright Richard Wesley, and has two grown daughters.