AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR DIRECTORY
STORYTIME CHILL SUPPORTS BLACK AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS
Valerie Johnson-Reed (Val) is a multi-published author, educator, speaker, founder of Strong To The Finish LLC, and co-host of StoryTime Chill with Val & SIL.
Born in Compton, California and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Valerie has endured many painful events of life but through the grace of GOD, she has been able to turn her pain into purpose. She has always had a love for writing and reading that was instilled in her by her mother. Her goal is to encourage others who may have experienced grief and loss as she has.
Casilya Smith (SIL) is a multi-published author, educator, photographer, founder of Book SIL LLC, creator of Purposed Mag, founder of No S.I.S (No Suffering In Silence), and the creator and co-host of StoryTime Chill with Val & SIL.
Born and raised in Houston, TX, Casilya has always been known for her vivid imagination and unique artistic expression. Casilya spends most of her time helping aspiring writers of color share their stories of healing and triumph by providing writing coaching and a space for writing and contribution. Her mission is to continue to encourage youth and women to walk in purpose and do the unthinkable in every aspect of their lives.