Freddi Williams Evans

Freddi Williams Evans enjoys writing historical fiction for young readers that feature African American characters and stories. Her books are A Bus of Our Own, The Battle of New Orleans: The Drummer’s Story, and Hush Harbor: Praying in Secret.

Freddi’s work for general audiences has appeared in local newspapers, The Storytelling Classroom, and poetry anthologies including From a Bend in the River: 100 New Orleans Poets and Kente Cloth: Southwest Voices of the African Diaspora. Her history book on Congo Square, a historic cultural landmark in New Orleans, written for general audiences, will be published in the fall of 2010.

Freddi, a native of Madison, Mississippi, holds degrees in music and psychology from Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi, and a graduate degree in creative arts therapy (music) from Hahnemann University, Philadephia, Pennsylvania. She has worked with children of all ages and exceptionalities in various public and private settings as a music therapist, arts educator, and arts administrator. In addition to coordinating a public school arts education program, Freddi works as an independent arts education consultant and conducts author visits. She resides in New Orleans.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Dr. Seuss books, including The Cat in the Hat

What’s your favorite line from a book?

I enjoyed lines that rhymed.

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Langston Hughes, Patricia McKissack, Bryan Collier, Jerry Pinkney

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I wanted to share stories from my family and upbringing in rural Mississippi as well as stories of other African American experiences.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

I encourage them to read profusely, study their craft or art form, prepare their best work, and pursue their goal.