Saturday, March 5, 2022

Celebrated for Field Dedication


Toya Raylonn Vickers Celebrated for Dedication to the Field of Writing


Ms. Vickers has authored such works as “Fool for Love,” “Love Without a Limit” and “To Say I Do”


COLUMBUS, OH, February 22, 2022, Toya Raylonn Vickers has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

While coming of age, Ms. Vickers kept a journal and cultivated a love of writing. However, she was also driven to pursue a career in service to others. After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Ohio State University in 1999 and a master’s degree in social work from Howard University in 2003, she was involved in a life-threatening car accident. While convalescing in the hospital, she felt compelled by her Christian faith to pursue her passion to write. In 2003, Ms. Vickers began her first novel, “Dimes, Profiles and Wives,” which she finished three years later and published in 2010.

During the early stages of her career, Ms. Vickers gained valuable professional expertise as a policy analyst with the Alliance for Children and Families, a grant writer for the Children’s Defense Fund and as an operations supervisor for ContactUS Communications. Since 2009, she has excelled as the owner and chief executive officer of Toyshelf Services LLC. In this capacity, Ms. Vickers writes and produces her own books, offers creative coaching, writes grant proposals, serves as a ghostwriter and more.

Throughout the course of her professional journey, Ms. Vickers has written a number of books. Beginning with her first novel, she later penned “To Say I Do,” “Love Without a Limit” and “Fool for Love.” For her outstanding work in the field, she was named as the Author of the Month through New Birth Christian Ministries in 2021. Outside of her work, she volunteers with Out of Darkness, a nonprofit organization that helps women and teenagers who have been involved in human trafficking. Looking toward the future, Ms. Vickers aspires to build an apartment home complex for women who have been trafficked and are healthy enough to live on their own.

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Saturday, January 15, 2022

The Reintroduction


Recently I had to remind myself why I became an author. It was not to be famous, make a lot of money or to be known. It was simply because I was lying in a hospital bed at Howard University Hospital after a life-threatening car accident finally realizing I would not walk and receive summa cum laude with my master's in social work. The Holy Spirit reminded me of my gift of writing, and I began the long journey of creating my first novel Dimes, Profiles and Wives. The main character, Destiny Karen Price, is loosely based on my life and the issues she has had to deal with including surviving child sexual abuse (CSA), bipolar disorder I, and low self-esteem. Some of the scenes happened in real life, like the one where she was running up and down the hallways of the towers at Howard University during one of her episodes in her underwear. Destiny, the name, was a play on words as it was destined for me to walk in my gift and take authority by the Holy Spirit to write Christian fiction.

All the stories I write are real testimonies in print. I have been writing my thoughts, behaviors, actions, goals, plans, and dreams in journals and diaries since I was eight years old. I still have every one of them too and I know where the bodies are buried. I often go back through them and find my patterns to find ways I need to change. Writing is therapeutic for me and always have been. Some of the journals are addressed to people while most are not. My favorite person to address is my grandmother, Rachel Lee Cox. She always used to ask me “Are you okay Toy?” and I would answer her “Yeah, granny, I’m okay” even when I knew that I was dying inside. Now a days I have not been addressing the journals to anyone. However, I need to for anyone who finds them and starts reading them to understand who I am. Who am I? I am the woman of God who survived what was meant to kill her, conquered what was meant to destroy her, and continues to persevere through life resiliently by the grace and mercy of God.

I author stories about women like me who have issues with mental health to shine a light at an otherwise dark hole that nobody in our community really wants to have real conversations about. It is a labor of love for me. Each character that I design also has a walk with Christ that shows the reader a realistic view of how to walk out their faith too. None of my characters are perfect because no one on this earth is perfect. They each have some obstacle they are dealing with and have a sinful nature because all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. However, by then end of the story they will be giving God all the honor, the glory, the praise, and the worship for He indeed is good. His mercy endures forever, and He loves us all just as we are, even if we are sitting in the mental health ward.

These are pictures my mother took of the aftermath of the accident on March 16, 2003, which was ten days after my birthday and exactly two months before I was set to graduate from Howard University. I praise God for every day since because I really should not be walking this earth. Live your life every day purposely because tomorrow is not promised.

Dimes, Profiles and Wives: Today's Proverbs 31 Woman