Born as a Jamaican native, this rising author adjusted well to the American life at a young age. Language Arts became one of her favorite subjects since the third grade, but not knowing what her true passion was, Nakiesia found the love for science, which led her to believe that she was destined to be a doctor. Always the one to be deeply involved in her academics, and a honor roll student, a classmate once loaned her Omar Tyree's novel, 'Flyy Girl', for the very first time in her sophomore year in high school. After reading, it was then that Ms. Reid realized that she was exposed to another way of life through the page turning novel. It was her very first urban fiction read and she was amazed at how much the book drew her in. From that day forward, Reid always imagined herself painting a story that others could connect to.
She didn't dwell long on the idea, because by that time, going off to college seemed more important. With the pursuit to achieve her dream as a physician, Nakiesia attended college and majored in Biology. She became a member of the American Medical Student Association, with the belief that she was on her way to fulfilling her destiny. Year after year, semester after semester, Reid still didn't feel as fulfilled as she hoped. With one step closer to achieving her goal of attending medical school, she decided to take a break from the higher institution of learning. She went back to her first love, Reading and writing, which was always something Ms. Reid enjoyed as a child. She would always read books to escape from her current reality and became engulfed by the characters she read about. It was then that she realized what her true passion was.
In August 2009, Reid decided to write her first novel, 'Love Finally'. Working nights at a hospital in the Atlanta area, she was determined to live out the idea she once had back in her sophomore year. With sleepless days and some nights, Reid made a sacrifice to stay dedicated to what she believed in. Midway through her novel, she visited her local library and searching the internet to research ways in which she could get her work published and recognized. After countless research, Reid came across St. Louis' own Brenda M Hampton, Essence bestselling author and publisher of Voices Books and Publishing. After reaching out to Hampton, Reid received a good to go approval on her work and became elated to find out that her dream would soon be a reality and she would be able to share her passion with the world through her writing. Her first published work proved to her that dreams do come true. She plans to write more books and hopes that all who reads her work enjoys them.
When asked what she would say to others with a dream, Reid replied, "You must first believe in yourself and have faith in God. Be persistent and never give up, no matter how discouraged you may get." Reid continues to write every chance she gets and wishes to someday see her work in a major production.
What genre do you consider yourself?
Give us a synopsis of your most recent book in 3 paragraphs or less
Carla Milford is a successful attorney who has it all, not to mention her beauty and owning a magnificent home in the city of Atlanta. When her former relationship goes bad, Carla wants nothing more than to discover true love to make her life feel complete.
She decides to get back on the dating scene, but seems to have no luck. She then meets Tony Simmons, who seems too good to be true. Tony has everything Carla ever wanted in a man, but there is just one area that he falls short in. What started as a sexual relationship, evolved into feelings beyond her control. Fearful of how she may be judged by her peers and criticizing mother, Carla refuses to give into her feelings for Tony or allow him to come into her life permanently. Her best friend, Tamika, eventually convinces Carla to give Tony a chance; and when Carla decides to take Tamika’s advice, an unexpected Sergio shows up on the scene and causes drama to follow Carla everywhere she goes. Sergio is determined to make Carla love him and he will stop at nothing until she gives into his demand.
Now faced to make a decision between Tony and Sergio, Carla finds that her life has evolved into a soap opera and must make a choice before everything she’s worked so hard for goes down the drain; but then something happens that may cause Carla to find herself losing everything… But the question is, will Carla finally find love?
Titles of all of your books
What made you decide to become an author?
Reading has always been my passion. I read an average of four-six books a week, depending on my schedule. I believe that I have a story to tell that others can connect to and learn from.
What do you enjoy most about being an author?
I love writing and I can actually connect with my characters. As an author, when I write, it takes me to places that I myself dream of going. I love being an author. I can create a whole new world in my mind.
If you could meet one author, who would it be?.
How are you giving back to the literary community?
I give back to the literary community by providing literary works that convey a positive message to those who read it. I also plan to organize speaking engagements to inspire and motivate our young teens to help keep them on the right track.
Give one tip you would give new authors?
Never give up on your dream. It doesn't hurt to accept advice from existing authors.
What is the biggest lesson you've learned since becoming an author?
The biggest lesson I've learned since becoming an author is that I have to be determined in this industry and I can't allow negativity to deter me. I must have faith and not lose sight.
What is the one thing that irks you about the literary industry?
Publishing companies makes it hard to get your work recognized.
Who, What, When and Where is your next event?
Suggest a preferred literary service.
Voices Books and Publishing.
Where can readers find your work?
Once my book is released (within the next few months) it can be found at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.