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I Am A Woman First
Courtesy of Tamika Newhouse
It’s about eight am in the morning. I have a banana in my hand and a glass of milk in the other trying to make sure I get my nutrients before I tap into hours of work. My computer is powered now as I glance at my notes of things to accomplish today. I wasn’t in the house long after first rising at six am to prepare my two children for school. I made sure that they were dressed appropriately and lunches were in tow.
But now the house is quiet as a mouse, except for the laundry that is tossing around in the dryer. I can also hear the faint sound of the dish washer rinsing off a load of dishes I just washed.
With the kids off to school and a few house duties accomplished I open up Microsoft word and stare at the blank pages. I told myself I was going to tap into a writing zone no matter what. But because I am a CEO at Delphine Publications, it isn’t always easy to just sit down and write. Being the boss means I have to take whole sale orders for books, review some editing from my Senior Editor, not to mention the numerous phone calls I take every day.
This is just a small tidbit of what I do daily; but for now I have a moment to write.
Writing has come naturally to me since I was eight years old. Always imagining stories in my head and I eventually branched off into writing poetry and short stories. I completed my first novel at the age of twelve and a passion to be a novelist grew inside of me.
I was a “pack rat” a nickname from my late mother, Delphine Jamison. I couldn’t seem to let anything go. I collected all kinds of trash, articles, magazines, and etc. Pretending that every piece of paper I had was of some importance.
Now ironically, I still have that horrible habit today. My garage of my two level home is filled with boxes of stories, poetry, and stuff I can’t let go of because it reminds me of the past.
And how can I forget my past.
I guess it isn’t possible with the many obstacles I had to face. One being, that I became pregnant at fifteen, having my daughter at sixteen. I missed half of my junior year because I was hospitalized, not a good look in my book.
Being judged was one thing but what meant the most to me was to continue on as if nothing changed. I felt like having a daughter wasn’t going to change anything and in the end it didn’t.
Tamika Newhouse is a self-published bestselling author who founded Delphine Publications, at the age of 21; Tamika appeared on various bestseller lists and won Self Published Author of the Year at the 2009 African American Literary Awards only 9 months after her debut novel.
Along with Delphine Publications, Tamika is the founder and President of African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC) - an online book club and radio show catering to avid readers across the nation.
For more information about Tamika Newhouse, visit: www.tamikanewhouse.com
For Bookings, email: Nikki@NikkiWalkerPR.net
Follow Tamika Newhouse on Twitter: @tamikanewhouse
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