Dhonielle is a former elementary and middle school librarian, and co-founder of CAKE Literary, a creative kitchen whipping up decadent—and decidedly diverse—literary confections for middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction readers.

She is also COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books. She is the author of Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces (with Sona Charaipotra), The BellesThe Everlasting Rose, as well as numerous short stories.