Rishera Graham was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut where she currently resides with her husband DeVante. Rishera has earned a degree in Business Marketing, Management, and Early Childhood Education. Upon graduating high school in 2013, she has worked in the Early Childhood Education field and currently teaches at Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschool. In June 2019, Rishera established her Life Coaching business, “Worth More Than Rubies” which is designed to help women find their life’s purpose, discover their identity, break mental barriers, and help women create realistic goals through effective time management. Rishera is the co-founder and owner of D.O.P.E. (Dreams Obtaining Positive Enlightenment), which is a youth mentoring organization in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that she helps manage with her husband Devante. Rishera can often be found volunteering in her community, and she enjoys reading, writing, planning youth events such as the annual Juice boxes/Hot Cocoa & Paint parties in 2018 and in 2019. She is a sought after conference speaker and was invited to speak at several women’s conferences, including CuTea, an empowering seminar for mothers and daughters in 2016; and Sisters With a Vision in 2018. She uses her experiences as a homeless teen to help those in need, which she is very passionate about. Rishera is a member of the class of 2018 Black People Rock where she received the ‘Purpose Driven Award’ for her perseverance and overcoming life’s challenges, and is also an inducted member of the Ms. Millionaire Mindset Sisterhood, which fosters building positive relationships among women. Rishera is also the Youth Ambassador for The Barbara Thompson Foundation, which is a community organization in East Haven, Connecticut that raises awareness to domestic violence, food shortage, and International Child Sponsorship.
“Writing for me was just something I did to help me feel better , express my feeling as well as jotting all the ideas I have flowing in my head. I’ve always wanted to write a book but not until later on in my life.”
BLAQVERSITY MAGAZINE: How did your journey as an author began?
RISHERA GRAHAM: My journey as an author began as a little girl I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing short stories. I was at my happiest reading and or having pen and paper in my hand writing.
BLAQVERSITY: Was becoming a writer something you always wanted to pursue? Who motivated you?
RISHERA: Writing for me was just something I did to help me feel better , express my feeling as well as jotting all the ideas I have flowing in my head. I’ve always wanted to write a book but not until later on in my life. My husband motivates me so much when it comes to my writing.
BLAQVERSITY: What are some of your favorite authors out right now?
RISHERA: My favorite authors are Chè Ensley , Marshawn Evans Daniels and Diasha Johnson.
BLAQVERSITY: Since becoming a published author, what challenges have you faced if any?
RISHERA: Marketing has been a huge challenge for me. Coming up with a strategic plan to get others to see my book via social media as well as getting my book in the hands of readers.
BLAQVERSITY: How many books have you written? What is your genre?
RISHERA: I have written two books Worth More Than Rubies:31 Day Affirmations Journal and I beat the odds : From Homelessness to dominating life . My genre is non fiction.
BLAQVERSITY: What message do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?
RISHERA: The message I want my readers to take away after reading my book is no matter what you have experience in your life your experiences doesn’t define who you are. Your struggles, experiences makes you stronger.
BLAQVERSITY: Do you have any writing tips/suggestions for any new author who wants to write their book but doesn’t know where to start?
RISHERA: Just write don’t give up , don’t get frustrated don’t worry about the editing. Just write , your story will inspire someone who reads it. After your draft is completed then start working with an editor and so on.
BLAQVERSITY: Are you currently working on any new book projects? If so, when can we expect them to be released?
RISHERA: Yes I am my second book I beat the odd from homelessness to dominating life will be released April 13th , 2020. I am also working on a affirmation journal for young girls.
BLAQVERSITY: What does being an author mean to you?
RISHERA: Being an author to me means my story can inspire those who read it. I will motivate someone to not give up. Me being an author can help a young homeless teen know hat being homeless doesn’t mean give up on your dreams. Being an author to me is using the talent God has given me to share with others.
BLAQVERSITY: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
RISHERA: I see myself in five years writing more books, traveling speaking at events. Being a full time entrepreneur with my husband.
BLAQVERSITY: Have you ever thought about being an author full-time?
RISHERA: No, I love writing but not full time for me.
BLAQVERSITY: If you could co-author with any author in the world, who would it be and why?
RISHERA: Being a co author has never crossed my mind until I was asked this question. If I would co author with someone it would be my mother or my husband. Hey, I wouldn’t mine being co author to both of them.
BLAQVERSITY: Tell us about your marketing strategies as an author? Do you find it to be challenging at times when promoting your books?
RISHERA: Marketing is challenging. I use amazon , Facebook, and Instagram.
BLAQVERSITY: How can readers connect with you and support you?
RISHERA: They can connect with me on social media , I’m pretty active. Readers can support me by purchasing my book , sending me reviews, and recommending my books to their family and friends. That will not only be support to me but a big blessing.
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