Latrina R. Graves McCarty, Founder
Originally from Moss Point, Mississippi, Latrina R. Graves McCarty is the daughter of Pearline E. Ward and the late John D. Graves, Sr. and the granddaughter of Laura and Jessie Whigham. She has three siblings, Dr. Sabrina Graves, Marcel Graves, Sr., and John Graves II. Upon graduating from Moss Point High School, she not only had a desire to become the next Oprah Winfrey but also to explore the effects of television on children. She pursued a degree in broadcast journalism and speech communication and graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS.
While attending USM, McCarty met and later married LaRue F. McCarty, and they claimed Hattiesburg their home. Together the couple became the parents of Joshua Christian and Ana Gabrielle.
In late 1998, McCarty was employed as a Service-Learning Coordinator for The University of Southern Mississippi where she coordinated academic service learning and volunteerism with over 82 nonprofit agencies in the Hattiesburg Pine Belt Area. She was also a student advisor to VISION (Volunteers Impacting Service through Individual Outreach Now). The organization’s mission was to link both school and community to service. During her tenure, McCarty received her credentials to teach and excitedly entered the classroom where she taught several subject areas including photography (yearbook advisor); communication studies; middle school English; speech and debate; drama; Advisor to yearbook and newspaper; English I, III, and IV.
McCarty received her master’s degree in education with a centration in English from William Cary University in Hattiesburg. Both she and her husband were educators in the public-school setting in Hattiesburg Public School District, Forrest County, and Lamar County Schools until his death in 2010. In 2011, she and her two children relocated to the Mississippi Gulf Coast where she taught middle and high school English along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Losing her best friend, who was also her husband, was a devastating tragedy. As life continues to bring both tragedy and happiness, McCarty found solace in her writing. In 2014, she was inspired to compose her one-act stage play, “Just a Little Sunshine.” Even though the play was fictional, it was based on her life as a widow and single mother. She later wrote “Only a Shadow” and “After the Rain” as part of a three-part sequel, “The Light Series.”
Later, McCarty was inspired to compose a six-act play, “Off the Court.” McCarty brought the full cast to the Mary C. O’Keefe stage in downtown Ocean Springs during the summer of 2019. All stage plays are available on Amazon.
McCarty began to explore the idea of writing her first novel. She compiled a few of her journals and finished her first novel of a sequel, “Olivia’s Journey.” Her writings reflect renewal of a journey which creates a new destiny for one’s path and life. McCarty entitled her book series “My Journey” because she believes everyone has their own journey and should enjoy the ride. After publishing “Olivia’s Journey,” McCarty completed a book tour where she sold her books in Barnes and Noble and libraries from coastlines of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
McCarty is currently pursuing a PHD in Communication Studies and teaches high school American and British Literature (11th and 12 grade). She is the founder and CEO of LGM Productions, LLC (My Journey and Destiny’s Elite Girls) and Mississippi Speaker Connection, LLC.
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