Welcome to my site!
My name is Vernitra, and I am a 35-year-old writer and children’s librarian in Houston, Texas. I am currently writing a novel set in Hollywood.
I have worked as an MTV intern in New York City, a Hollywood production assistant, a first, second, and third-grade teacher in Houston, and as a children’s librarian for The New York Public Library at the historic Countee Cullen Library in Harlem. While I have enjoyed working in many different arenas, my true passion has always been writing and making up stories, so now I am working toward achieving my dream job of becoming a novelist.
Here on my site, I share my adventures in reading, writing, movie-watching, sewing, and learning how to play the viola again (after not having played regularly since high school–over 18 years ago). I’ve loved good food since 1982, so I definitely like to throw some food love into the mix as well. I enjoy things that are entertaining and inspiring. Hopefully, my site will offer some of those things to you. If you have similar tastes, stay tuned…
I was born in 1982 in Houston, Texas, and I grew up in the suburbs of Missouri City, TX, in the Greater Houston area. In 2004, After graduating with a degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin, I headed to New York City where I worked as an MTV intern, going to “work” at the Viacom building in Times Square everyday to write episode summaries and promotional copy for MTV shows such as “Laguna Beach,” “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica,” “MTV Cribs,” “Pimp My Ride,” and “TRL” for MTV.com. After that experience, I moved back to Texas, got a teaching certificate, and worked as a second-grade teacher for Pearland Independent School District in the Houston area. After that school year, I ventured to Los Angeles, where I worked a brief stint as a production assistant at Don Mischer Productions—a fun job that had me cruising the streets of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, running errands and delivering packages.
After my Hollywood adventure, I returned to Texas and earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of North Texas. In 2011, I became a children’s librarian for the Fort Bend County Library system in the Houston area. In 2014, I returned to the classroom to teach first grade in the Houston Independent School District and then third grade in the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District. In the summer of 2016, I moved to New York City where I worked as a children’s librarian for The New York Public Library, at the historic Countee Cullen Library in the heart of Central Harlem. I had so much fun working there, and I met so many great people.
Now, I am back in Houston where I currently work as a children’s librarian at a wonderful public library. At work, I spend my days preparing and presenting storytime programs for preschoolers, toddlers, and babies, putting on programs for school-age children, and assisting people of all ages at the reference desk. My job is pretty fun, and I get to interact with all kinds of interesting people every day.