Roxie Prince is a creative soul who turns her life into stories, poetry, and art.
She was born HIV+ and was orphaned by AIDS at the age of ten. Growing up with HIV in the late-eighties/early-nineties, when the AIDS epidemic was at its peak, gave her a unique perspective on life and a gratitude for the things that most people take for granted. She tells stories of survival through her works.
Roxie learned to read at a very young age and was "born talking". Her father, Steve, instilled a love of literature in her from the moment she could pick up a book, and she's never put them down since. She's always been a storyteller, and from a very young age, when things were hard for anyone to cope with, especially a child, she retreated to the world of stories. Books saved her. She read anything and everything she could put her hands on, from Dr. Seuss to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, before she started public school in second grade. Before then, her father was her teacher because they couldn't send her to school for fear of bringing home more illnesses to her already dying mother, and also because schools weren't too keen on an HIV+ child attending their classes. Protagonists became her best friends. The worlds in novels became safe havens from the chaos she faced in real life. And to this day, stories are her sanctuary.
She always knew she would be an author. There was never a question in her mind. It was a calling, really. She wrote her first bound book dually called The Pretty Princess and Suzi and the Cute Cat at around age six. She still has it. It's badly illustrated and tells the story of a princess who was liked by everyone because she was so pretty, but she didn't want them to like her because of her beauty. Pretty deep for a kid, eh?
Every day is a gift. She wasn't supposed to live beyond ten years old. Some days are difficult, but Roxie wakes each day with a fire in her belly to tell stories. And she hopes you'll read them. She lives her life to its breaking point.
In her free time, she reads and reviews books for fellow independent authors. See her review policy if you're interested in submitting your book for a review.
You can find her works on Amazon and all major booksellers, both in ebook and paperback.
Thank you for following Roxie's journey both online and in real life. Without your support, her dreams couldn't have become a reality. It never goes unnoticed. Blessed be.
I am always looking for great novels that realistically portray the human experience, and The Way We Go does just that. Roxie Prince doesn't sugar coat the late teen experience, or the reality of growing up in a broken family with a parent who is not reliable. I felt connected to Lindsay, the heroine, in so many ways, and my heart was broken and mended constantly throughout the novel. (...) I admire Prince as an author, and compare her to other great writers who write on the human experience, such as Jodi Picoult, my favorite author. Her work is for young adults and adults alike, and many could learn from the experiences that she writes about.
The fact of the matter is, Prince deserves a wider audience. Her books could easily be taking over the bookshelves of bookstores nationwide, and that is my honest opinion. She knows her audience, but also knows how to write books that can be enjoyed by all. Anyone who is in their pre-teens, or has grown up as a woman, needs to read this book. It will change you.
Prince writes a stellar tale of a hopeless girl trapped in a hopeless situation, who finds herself thrust into an entirely new way of living. Her writing is easy to read and fills the reader with a sense of hope for Lindsay Picou, wanting the best for her the entire way. She explains through story how we may sometimes be able to choose our family, but it's not so easy to choose who we love. Incredible book, I look forward to reading more from Prince in the future!
Beautiful. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. Till the point I woke up early just to finish reading. This short story has a great potential for a novel. It takes the reader on a new and refreshing journey. Should this short story become a novel, I'm sure it will be one of those missing books on bookshelves