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Interview with Author, Songwriter, Gospel Artist Rocky Dania

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How did you come by your stage name?

My name is Raquel, but everyone calls me Rocky. My middle names are Allyson Dania. When I publish music or pieces of writing, I publish them under the name, Rocky Dania.

When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?

Regarding writing, I discovered my love for the craft in a strange way. One day, I had a crazy dream. When I woke up, I wanted to tell the dream to one of my friends. He was unable to take my call at the time, so he told me to message him.

I ended up writing and sending a message, describing the dream. Later, my friend called me back and raved about the depiction of what I had written. He suggested I should consider writing more often. At the time, I did not read too much into his advice. Then, as life kept unfolding, I realized there were a lot of things I kept wanting to say. I thought it probably would be best to write those things down before the thrill of the moment(s) passed away. I am incredibly happy that my friend helped boost my confidence to start writing.

Later, another friend of mine told me I should start using my writing to become a published author. She helped me publish my first full print book. (I also recently published my second book, “Lead by Grace: Based on the Leadership of Jesus,” earlier this month — March 2019.) I am equally grateful to my friend who motivated me to start the process of becoming an author. In a little while, she and I will be hosting a writer’s clinic. We intend to create an informative avenue of motivation for others who wish to pursue careers in writing.

On your upcoming current project, how did you come up with the concept?

When you look at police brutality, and other similar systematic problems in our society, you notice that there is always stress placed on how much people need to learn to submit to authority. Especially as a woman, the topic of submission can be a touchy one for me.

I think I speak on behalf of many women and many people, in general, when I say: a lot of people have no problem submitting to authorities and leaders who can be trusted. If you cannot find enough good leaders, then be a good leader yourself.

I decided to write a book on leadership, based on Jesus, because the Bible’s depiction of Him seems to categorize Him as an effective leader worth following. You can be a strong leader who garners good results, without drifting from your moral compass. That is the concept I hoped to communicate to leaders by writing the book, “Lead by Grace.”

Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?

I always want to thank my family and friends for supporting and motivating me unconditionally. I truly have the best friends.

How can fans find you?

Instagram

Twitter

Facebook

rockydania.com


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