Tiffany Moniq - A Rose Forever Thorned
by Bryan Carter
A Rose Forever Thorned
So Tiffany what is your back-story? Where did you grow up? My grandparents raised me since I was 8 years old in the Whitehall projects located in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. I started out with very little resources and help, but I managed to teach myself how to go about creating the image I wanted of myself. I have been very successful, shockingly successful of what I was able to create.
At what point of your writing career did DreamSingWrite emerge? What sparked its creation? It emerged in 2013. I was a contributing writer at the time and that sparked the idea. I felt as though my talents were being misused instead of its actual intent. I decided to create my own platform at the time and that’s how things came about. I’ve been writing ever since.
How have your recent experiences been influenced by what you’re learning on your road to success? My experiences here as of late have been teaching me a lot about patience and endurance when it comes to getting things done with or without the help of others. Those who I once called or considered a friend are no longer apart my life. Some of the reasons why they are not a part of my life are due to lack of support, and discouragement. I came from nothing and turned that nothing into something. I took my dream and made it into a reality. I made something beautiful out of all the pain I endured. I created Dream Sing Write for women of color with the purpose of promoting self-love and to celebrate brown skin.
What was the inspiration behind A Rose Forever Thorned? The inspiration behind A Rose... came from my experiences growing up in a broken environment. It was therapy for me, which took me about 5 years to finish.
What were some of your feelings during its construction? I was doubtful and afraid of putting my personal life out for everyone to read. During the making of my memoir there were so many changes, I worried too much about what others were going to think. I knew that by sharing my experiences with the world I could encourage someone else to speak up and take part in healing themselves from a ghost of the past. When it comes to dating, I am very leery of the men I allow in my personal space. Many of the men that do approach me I already know a bit about their dating history and I do not want to be a part of any sagas. I am surrounded by artists, musicians, writers etc. and BUSY is what most of us are.
Are any themes present throughout the book? What are some things you explore in the text? I start readers off by telling a story in third person then I go into chapters of my life giving them a glimpse of the experiences that changed me in some ways good, bad, and indifferent.
How would you gauge the reception of your book since its release? Were there any unforeseen adjustments? To my surprise, I received a lot of feedback from readers who were inspired and many did not know that I went through all that I did. It's funny, just the other day I opened a copy of my book and noticed there are not any page numbers! I could have sworn I triple checked but I will readjust for future copies.
Is there any specific gain you want readers to take back? I want readers to gain a sense of confidence and encouragement that they too can do anything that they ever dreamed. Many people think and believe that because they come from a certain place or lack the finances that they will not be able to succeed in life and that are a lie. A gift is not something only humankind can give. God gives us gifts that no one and nobody can take away from us.
What are the top three things you learned personally and professionally since staring out? The top three things I learned personally and professionally since staring out: 1.) My diligence! I heard so many no’s and been ignored a few times but I still kept believing in me. 2). Everyone who said that they had my back and they would look out for the cook out didn’t, so I managed to do a lot on my own which took up most if not all of my free time. 3.) Some folks are fickle and so I keep my personal space tight.
What is your most memorable experience? There are so many to name but the most memorable experience I had was when I did my first photo shoot. I posted on Instagram back in 2013 and I got a message on IG to meet with a top music producer. It was an honor being though I did not have any music finished to present to him. It was okay that I didn’t at the time. He wanted to know my vision and what I would be doing with my career be it singing, modeling or writing. He was the one who inspired me to look into song writing and so I did.
Some of the themes you speak on throughout our interview involve support and the lack of, encouragement and faith in one’s self. Is there a specific memory, experience, or ghost from the past in that keeps you unwavering? What kept me going are my dreams, the dream of becoming a writer since I was a little girl. I told myself I am not going to become a product of my environment. Over time, I did receive lack of support and watched people change. I can say I have a select few friends and family that actually support me.
Where do you see yourself by the end of 2016? In the next 5 years? I have been working behind the scenes on book signings for A Rose Forever Thorned and collaborating with many different music artists writing, song writing, and background vocals for some new music to be released in 2016. Acting and modeling is also on my list. The end of 2016 will be the time of my life. Why? I just have that feeling. The hard work I put in over the years will not go unnoticed. Those who have once ignored me will have no choice but to take notice. Over the next 5 years, I will be known for my writing, my singing and modeling. DreamSingWrite will be a household name for dreamers like me.
Any last words or shout outs to your fans and supporters? I would like to give a shout out to everyone who has encouraged me thus far and to, two of my biggest supporters (they know who they are) who have taken the time out of their busy schedules to build me up when I needed it the most and kept pushing me to succeed when I wanted to give up.