Dera R.Williams lives, works, and plays in the Oakland/Bay Area, California. She is a writer, editor, mentor, researcher, and family historian. Her publications include fiction, nonfiction, memoir, academic, articles, essays and book reviews. She is in the process of compiling a collection of childhood memories, In My Backyard: Stories of Growing Up in Oakland, for which she is seeking publication. She is researching and writing her family history in Arkansas as well as assisting others in their family research. Dera is a member of the AfroSurreal Writers Workshop and a family research specialist at a local community college. Dera contributed to three publications, Supercharge Your Life After 60 (nonfiction), Where’s My Tiara (fiction) and All the Women in My Family Sing (memoir) in late 2017 and upcoming early 2018. Exploring the relationship of myth and family history in her writing, this Cali girl is proud of her Southern roots as she heeds the voices of her ancestors’ stories.