“Every precious gem has facets. When the light hits one just right, those facets make it sparkle perfectly. Look closely for a little while longer; there is more to me than meets the eye, and the light is just about right.”–TDFloyd, Author
Tonya Dwan was born August 23, 1970 in Washington, DC. She grew up in the inner city, graduated from Theodore Roosevelt Senior High in 1988, and briefly attended the University of the District of Columbia before transferring to UMUC, majoring in Communications and Business Management.
Tonya comes from a large family, and has three younger brothers. She still resides in the Washington, DC area. Her hobbies include diy building and design projects, cooking, eating, bowling, watching football (How ’bout them Cowboys?!), basketball (Go Wizards!), working puzzles, playing board games, and of course, writing. The most rewarding hobbies are those which include creating something from nothing.
“I absolutely LOVE cooking and baking. Building beautiful, tasteful creations from simple ingredients has become an obsession for me. I have also become rather fond of interior design. I’ve found that I have a knack for reinventing things, giving them renewed purpose, and I make magic with pennies. It doesn’t always have to cost more than you have. I learned that redoing my own home. It’s very rewarding.”–TDF
Tonya has written editorials on various topics for the Prince George’s Post newspaper. She is truly a versatile woman. In 2005, Tonya published her first book, From Where I Stand, It Is What It Is. She felt there was much work to do in the field of interpersonal communications, and she could help.
Tonya continued publishing books on relationships and self-awareness, and was a contributor to the blog Colors of Women in 2009 and 2010. There she discussed a variety of issues from her unique woman’s perspective. She has brought that information home to her own blog, tackling thoughts on the human condition, women’s issues as well as other topics with truth, perspective and a bit of ridiculousness where needed. No topic is really off-limits.
Tonya’s belief is that people have more in common than we realize, and through open communication and sharing we can bridge those gaps, help each other, and expand our learning potential. She published her first novel in 2011, and her compilation of “Timeless Thoughts…” in 2012.
In 2013, mirroring a character in one of her books, Tonya created the Signature Moves podcast using the Spreaker platform to lend her actual voice to many of those issues near and dear to her heart, “because sometimes what you need is just another perspective–to look at things in a completely new way. I’d be lying if I said I have all the answers, or that life is ever easy. Yep, I document my own struggles, fears, successes, and so forth in an attempt to reach those who can relate.”–TDF
In 2014, Tonya published The Signature Movement–a humorous chronicle of divorcee struggles and the “single mama saga.” As they say, art imitates life. Tonya D. Floyd has no problem using her art to tell the story of her own life. Hopefully, you can find something you can use too.