New Author Spotlight: Toya Richardson


I have the great pleasure of introducing you to one of Troll River Publication's newest Authors, Ms. Toya Richardson. Join me in giving Toya a warm Troll River welcome!!!

 

About Toya Richardson

Toya has work published with three publishers in Contemporary and Paranormal Romances and YA Fantasy.

A very important moment for her was giving a reader closure after surviving domestic abuse. It was after reading her Romance/Thriller, Flame, about a domestic abuse survivor, who sent her a thank you message and she’s never forgotten it.

“If it means I have helped one person, then I’m blessed.”

Her latest book is Destination Love, a contemporary romance set on Waiheke Island in New Zealand.

 

Writing has been her passion since a very early age. Sadly, it wasn’t until the death of her mum, who was also her best friend, in 2009 that she started to take it seriously. Her mother’s wish was to see her published, which didn’t occur until 2014. And now, each book she publishes is dedicated to her.

Always a shy person, becoming an author has helped to broaden her horizons and grow in confidence. Toya still laughs when she reflects on her dislike of social media.

One by one, she began to use different platforms and is now very active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as her website: www.toyarichardson.com

Now, Toya is quite vocal about how important these social platforms are for networking, a huge aspect of an indie author’s life. If not for social media, she would never have connected with two of her three publishers.

According to Toya, social media is a wonderful way to connect with fellow authors and readers. She has made countless friends through social media and loves nothing more than helping other.

It still amazes her how wonderful and supportive the indie author community is. Everyone, without exception, is always willing to give others a hand. She always says she may not be an expert but is always willing to share anything she does know.

Whilst attending a workshop many years ago Toya learned a very valuable lesson from another author. He said, “Write because you love to write. If you’re doing it for the money, you may as well forget it now.” This is so true and is her mantra.

It still amazes her how much she’s grown when it comes to “putting herself out there”.

Toya loves to read live from her work when she partakes in numerous Facebook takeover events. She’s given talks about her writing journey to Women’s Institute groups, and one at the assisted living facility where she works.

She also enjoys open mic events. These still fill her with nerves, but that’s normal. And starting this year, Toya is about to embark on several big author signings, which she’s very excited about. Finally getting to meet so many people she’s connected with via social media.

Apart from working on her Destination Contemporary Romance series, Toya is currently planning a Paranormal Romance series called Nature’s Warriors.

A series of fantasy romances, notes in books at present, which she’s very excited about. And as if that isn’t enough to keep her occupied, she’s attempting to push herself even further.

Toya’s written a standalone Rock Star Romance, which she is attempting to self-publish. This is to prove to herself she can push her boundaries, even though it terrifies her. Always happy to learn new skills and take advice from others is helping her to grow as an author, and person.

When not writing, or reading Toya's main hobbies are; cinema, theatre, gardening, keeping fit, travelling, watching live bands, Formula One racing, watching darts and spending time with friends. She lives in Suffolk, UK with her husband, grown up son and Masai the cat.