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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