Hey, I’m Rée

I’m a 22-year-old introvert with too many story ideas and too short of an attention span. I’ll finish some of these books. Some, I’ll abandon halfway through, if I even make it that far. That’s how I’ve been operating since elementary school. But you can rest assured that I crafted each character, chapter, and conflict with the love and care a good story deserves. I draw a lot of my inspiration from music (right now, India.Arie and Jonathan McReynolds are my faves, but my musical taste runs the gamut from R&B and rap to country and jazz) and the unique lens through which I view the real world.

Right now, I’m writing a lot of black fantasy. Here’s why: I’m a Christian (love your neighbor type; don’t worry, I won’t try to sway anyone), and I have a somewhat unusual idea of what it means to be made in the image of God. I think it refers to power. This belief is biblical, I think, and I basically believe that I’m powerful because I’m both a child of God and a black woman. The words that I speak are powerful. I’m connected to the universe in it’s entirety because I’m made of the same stuff that composes the very sun that keeps me alive. There’s magic in my words and in the way that I speak, think, and move. I am magic. While my books aren’t religious at all, they are based on the idea that black people are powerful, so a lot of my characters are magical.

As you can see, my blackness isn’t a passive part of my identity. I don’t make any effort to be inclusive. I write for us. If other people can pick up a book of mine and learn something, great, but I’ll always be authentic and true to my target audience. We need the representation. All of us do, from our LGBTQ+ family (have you met Tailyn?) to the alternative ones (Muse from Avarice is one of my greatest creations), I try to do us all justice.

Though I’m shy, I’m pretty much an open book. I value honesty and transparency more than most things. I’m vocal about my mental health struggles, vulnerable when I have a question about my faith, and introspective enough to acknowledge that I’m always growing and changing and becoming better in every way, even if the journey sometimes involves a bit more regression than I’d like. I’m also a well of laughter, motivational song lyrics, and Mean Girls references. Above all else, I’m human. I watch Friends and eat too many chicken wings and get far too excited when “Back That Azz Up” comes on.

That’s it. At least, all of that makes up who I am at my core. Desaree (don’t ever call me that. Hey, I’m Rée, remember?) is multifaceted, if nothing else. Hopefully, I’ve piqued your interest enough for you to sign up for my mailing list and read all of the stuff. If you’re not at least reading all of the stuff, I’m doing something wrong, so shoot me a message using the form below to let me know where the site has room for improvement.

On that note, I’ll leave you with five fast facts about me.

  • I’m 4’10”, but I’m 6’7” in spirit.
  • I’m learning Italian. At the time of writing, I know the days of the week, months of the year, colors, ABCs, 1 through 100, and how to say hello and goodbye, ask how someone is doing, and tell someone how I’m doing.
  • I’m 90% sure The Good Place is my favorite show. It’s hard to be 100% sure about this because Friends held this spot for so long and TGP is comparatively new, but I’m pretty confident about it.
  • This one’s a doozy, but I do way too much explaining when someone asks who my favorite singer is. Because my favorite singer is Ashanti. But KeKe Wyatt is my favorite vocalist, and India. Arie is my favorite musician. KeKe is a vocal monster. India.Arie’s music is healing to my soul. Ashanti has been my fave since I was in middle school. Simple question. Not so simple answer.
  • I have 3 little sisters. Ebonie, my favorite Navy girl, is in the military. My mini-me, Bri Bri, is a high school student who has my face and uses it to her advantage. Kash, my terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad baby girl, is almost 15 years younger than me and calls me baby girl because she doesn’t quite understand why I call her that. It’s adorable, really.