About the Author

“There are people less qualified than you, doing the things you want to do, simply because they decided to believe in themselves...”

Ciara L. Hill is an international award-winning author and a licensed therapist who grew up in a military family and became used to moving and living in different places throughout her formative years.

She attained a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Delaware State University and a graduate degree in Community Counseling and holds many other certifications related to her career.

But it is with writing that she has found her true vocation in life. Her book, Shiloh and Dande the Lion, is a lesson in diversity, was one of the winners of The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2020, and was named "Best of the Best" by the Black Caucus American Library Association.

In addition, Ciara has authored several other books, including Soulful Holidays (a seasonal best-seller), while Thank Fall and Cocoa Mistletoe are her latest works.

Today, Ciara lives with her husband and their son in the Washington, DC, metro area. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing on a beach, listening to R&B and old-school music, watching 80s and 90s movies, and having cozy nights during autumn. She is also obsessed with the nostalgia of Christmas and has been known to watch a Christmas movie any time of the year.

Moving so often during her childhood helped Ciara better understand and appreciate the importance of diverse representation in all walks of life. As far as the future is concerned, she is keen to continue to create books that will evoke joy and help children learn invaluable and inspiring life lessons.

Honors & Awards

International Award-winning author 

The Wishing Shelf Book Award Winner for 2020

Named "2020 Best of the Best" by the Black Caucus American Library Association

Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Award

Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review