MOBILE, Ala.— Local author Latrece Johnson has recently partnered with Tate Publishing to kick-start the publication process of her new book, “Before You.”

“Before You” celebrates family, gratitude and love. Johnson makes you want to look into yourself and remember the family members, in the past and in the present, which have shaped who you are and what you will become.

“Our families are the first people through which love is displayed. They anticipate our arrival in love, [they are] thankful that we are here, and look forward to seeing who in the family we resemble from features to mannerisms as we grow,” shares Johnson.

Inspired by her son who was diagnosed with delayed development, Johnson came up with the idea of writing the book as a tool to connect with loved ones. “My son is a Special Education student; he was diagnosed as developmentally delayed. At times, because of his different ability and being the youngest, I find that we do not always take the time to appreciate his uniqueness and the joy his presence brings to our home… This book is designed to show our gratitude to our family and to share old memories to create new ones.”

“We are delighted to welcome such a promising author into the Tate Family! Latrece is really able to provide such a rivetingly fascinating read that tugs at your heart and makes you appreciate family” said Stacy Baker, Acquisitions Editor of Tate Publishing.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book will be available upon its release through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Latrece Johnson received her M.Ed from Concordia University; she has been a preschool teacher for fourteen years and is a Book Reviewer for the Southern Early Childhood Ass. (SECA). During her spare time, Latrece is also active in her church as a registered agent, an assistant to the church secretary and a member of the Praise and Worship team.

Latrece now lives in Mobile, Alabama with her husband, Steven, their four children, and their guinea pig, Stuffins.

For more information or interview requests please contact Michelle Whitman, publicist, at (405) 458-5642 or send an email to

Michelle Whitman, Publicist
Tate Publishing Enterprises
(405) 458-5642