Rona D. Drinkard (Rona D.), in her own words, “is a project manager by day and a writer by night.” Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Daemen College and a Master of Arts in Human Services Administration from the University of Buffalo State College. She takes pride in working with people from all walks of life.

BREW Question: Did you love reading books when you were little? Why or why not?

Author’s Response: Yes I did, it was a way to transport myself into different mindsets and experiences.

BREW Question: At what age did you start reading books? What were your best memories of that time?

Author’s Response: I was 12 years old and my best memory is the time I would spend alone reading and how fulfilling it was to finish a book.

BREW Question: What was the first book you loved reading? Why?

Author’s Response: (I loved) Flowers in the Attic, (because) the story was intriguing.

BREW Question: When did you first think about writing your first book? Why?

Author’s Response: In 2000…friends and family used to always tell me how they loved for me to recant stories.

BREW Question: What was the greatest obstacle you’ve encountered when you were writing your book? What made you overcome it?

Author’s Response: Writers’ block…I stepped away from (writing) for days/weeks and came back once my creativity returned.

BREW Question: What pieces of advice can you give aspiring authors? What worked for you?

Author’s Response: To start…and if for some reason you feel like you aren’t able to finish at that time, commit to coming back and finishing it. I started writing Friendship Matters in 2003, finished it in 2005, and due to (leave) and (other) circumstances, I was unable to see it through the editing/publishing process until 2021. Never give up!

BREW Question: Who are the authors or what are the books that had the greatest influence on your own writing? Why?

Author’s Response: Octavia E. Butler writes sci-fiction; yet, during a time when black female writers of that genre were unheard of, she pushed through with her writing and made it her own.

BREW Question: What are your current or future writing plans? What can readers further expect from you?

Author’s Response: I am drafting my sequel to Friendship Matters and I plan to keep writing/publishing until I can’t anymore.


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As a caterpillar goes out of its dark cocoon, grows its wings, and flies high up in the sky, I acknowledge my role in the entire process of the written word's metamorphosis through The Chrysalis BREW Project. I believe that beauty and goodness exist in everything and everyone - may we let that emerge and shine in each word we read, concoct, write, or share.

2 thoughts on “Meet our Author: Rona D Drinkard”
  1. I think we all found “Flowers in the Attic” intriguing when we were young…
    I’d love to know more about how the author made her creativity return to overcome writers’ block or if it was just a matter of time. I also love the personal details included in the bio because they make me feel connected to the authors I read.

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