Bachelor in Criminal Justice, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, 1999. Master of Fine Arts, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 2002.
Vernon was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and grew up in Mount Hermon, Louisiana and Osyka, Mississippi. The family had seven children. Her father, Fletcher Williams, Junior., graduated from the University of Mississippi.
Vernon attended South Pike High School in Magnolia, Mississippi.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1999. She also earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University in 2002.
She wrote Eden while in graduate school. In 2007-2008 Vernon was the Hallie Ford Chair in Writing at Willamette University.
Speaker Bluffton High School, South Carolina, 2006, National Museum Women in Arts, Washington, 2006. Mentor Ronald McNair Program, Baton Rouge, 2005. Speaker Tangipahoa Parish School, Hammond, Kentwood, Baton Rouge, 2005.
Member of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association.