As new author at The Wild Rose Press, Niecey Roy joins us at Coffee Talk today to tell us about her journey to the garden. We're glad to add you to the ranks of published author, Niecey. Welcome.
For a long time I thought money was the answer and I spent a long time chasing someone else’s dreams. Putting aside my own dreams and plastering on a smile that wasn’t mine. After living in the real world for awhile, and striving for the American dream that I heard everyone talk so much about, and strived so hard for, I felt more like a dull, discarded stone than the bright, smiling person that was myself. I got lost, I guess you could say. And let go of the childhood dreams I once had. I stopped writing for a long time.
I am not sure what happened to me, what made me roll over one day and think, “I need Niecey back.” But it did happen, and that’s all that matters. I remember sitting in my living room, reading a contemporary romance and thinking to myself, “What happened to my own writing?” While in high school I wrote so much, every day: poetry, short stories, I even wrote a full length historical romance. It was in that moment that it clicked--I would never be happy unless I began writing again.
And so I did. I stopped thinking about the American dream, which to me had begun to feel more like a nightmare called commercialism and working to pay for credit and shiny things that would fade away, just as I felt I had faded away. I started reaching for the stars of creativity, the same ones I had forgotten were burning up there in that beautiful, wide open sky. It was almost as if for years I was living in a world blinded by a reflection of someone else’s needs or wants, obscuring who I really was. In a place where an illusion covered up the beauty of something one should never give up--their dreams.
I gave up once. I swore to myself that once I let my creativity shine through once more, I would never give up again. Ever. And so, after four years of writing, of striving, of listening to people tell me that writing will never pay the bills, that I should worry instead about those shiny things like new cars and a big house and stuff, I can say I made it. I found a home for one of my novels. I am living my dream. Niecey Roy is a published author. And I am smiling again.
I watched a video that really hit home and really has solidified and changed my outlook on everything. Maybe it won’t for some of you who watch it, but I implore you to take three minutes out of your day and let this video soak in. It’s about choosing to be who you are, the real you, the one that often gets lots in a world that places so much importance on things that really are not important, and about reaching for what makes you truly happy. I cried when I watched the video. Please, follow this link to my Facebook author page and watch it. Let me know what you think after you do. It’s called What If Money Was No Object, by Alan Watts. Click HERE. [Insert this link] http://www.facebook.com/NieceyRoyRomanceAuthor
Thanks for joining me today. And I hope you reach for the stars and dream a dream that is yours.
Fender Bender Blues, a romantic comedy
January 24, 2013 exclusive Amazon digital release
Coming May 3, 2013 everywhere
published by Wild Rose Press