Welcome to Abundance

Updated: Nov 6, 2018

I call my blog "In Abundance" because here, I will take a healthy approach to helping you and me grow as we discover ways to be and live better. Let's explore how to live our best lives.

I spent about ten years touring the country as an author. Initially, I was self-published and early in my career I was picked up by Random House Publishing. It was an exciting time. People were hungry for fiction by African-American writers and I was fortunate enough to be in the crop of authors who were apart of a new renaissance in literature. At the time nothing else seemed more important than being apart of that movement.

After I had my first daughter, Alyvia Rae, I decided that I needed to take a break from traveling, and promoting my books and promoting myself. It wasn't an easy decision to make. And if I can be completely honest, some part of the decision was forced upon me. The industry had changed. I wasn't sure what I wanted to say anymore. And I wasn't going to sell out and write what was selling well, porn in books, street crimes, and books that demean the church. (Not that I have a problem with people who do, I just knew none of the genres was right for me.) I wasn't happy with all the choices I had made. As a woman married to her career, I wasn't sure if I wanted to have children, wasn't sure if I wanted to get married. I was so involved in racing from city to city promoting my books and attempting to keep my books on the Essence Bestselling list, or any bestselling list, that I forgot about all of the thing that were really important to me before I ever wrote my first book.

My oldest daughter, Alvyia

Alyvia as a baby. I was in love with her from the moment I knew that she had been conceived.

When I was younger, I wanted to be a wife and have three children. I have always loved giving back and dreamed about creating a place where people could grow mentally, spiritually and physically. At the time I figured it would be a building in a neighborhood that lacked resources, where people could go and hear lectures, find books, get massages, learn to meditate.

Rob Jr, Alyvia & Ava - my hearts!

Today, that place exists on the computer and each person who contributes a positive blog, vlog, chat discussion, website, video that helps their neighbor is doing exactly what I desired to do all those years back. My goal with my blog is that I will make a contribution that will help improve someone's life, or that will help them renew their perspective, and at the very least that will inspire them to want to be a better version of themselves. Come back often and check out my blog and my site. Write me and let me know your thoughts. Let's grow together!

John 10:10 (KJV)

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

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About TJ >

I founded Lavelle Publishing in 1997 with the release of my first poetry book, The Desires of A Woman: Poems Celebrating Womanhood. I was 26 years old. I published my second book Sorority Sisters in 1998. Sorority Sisters was picked up by Villard Books, a division of Random House and rereleased in 2000. Over 80,000 copies have been sold. So much has happened in my life since the release of my first books. I am thankful for the twist and turns that has been my journey. My life lessons have made me wiser, more grounded and more secure in who I am. One thing that I have realized is that not only do I love to write, but I like to express my writing through different genres. As you explore my site, you will see what I mean.


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