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Daily Inspiration: Meet Sibylla Nash

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sibylla Nash.

Hi Sibylla, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’m a writer. I’ve written two novels (Bumped & DreamCity), two non-fiction books (The Little Black Book of Filmmaking & Baby Modeling & Beyond: From the Stroller to the Red Carpet), and I co-wrote a guide (The Fan Survival Guide, a Teen People Book of the Month Book Club selection). I’ve been a voracious reader ever since I can remember. My love of writing just grew from wanting to tell my own stories. I’ve worked as a freelance writer and my writing has appeared in a variety of magazines, newspapers, and websites. I also founded a website, collegeprepped.com, to help college-bound students find low-cost and free resources, i.e. classes, scholarships, workshops, etc. College Prepped started out as a passion project. I was always on the computer doing a ton of research for my daughter, who was in middle school at the time, and I created a website and newsletter to share the information. There are a ton of opportunities available for students to help them get into college. My motto is, getting into college is hard enough, paying for it shouldn’t have to be.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Recently, I had two surgeries on the same eye for a detached retina. It was during the middle of the pandemic and I was living alone because my daughter was still away at school. It was one of those things that you don’t see coming (ha! literally and figuratively). But the body and spirit are resilient. When the worst happens or we’re presented with challenges, the only option is to keep going and to figure out a way. There’s always a way.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I self-published my first book in the early 90s. It was a book for Black filmmakers that provided resources about contests, fellowships, festivals, etc. I was working at a non-profit called the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame at the time and saw the need to connect filmmakers with opportunities. From there, I went to self-publish my first novel, DreamCity in 2001 and I’ve been publishing my own books ever since. I’m also excited about my site College Prepped. If it can help kids get one step closer to their goal of getting into college, I’m super stoked. I wrote a book for parents about how to get their babies into modeling after my daughter worked in the industry for many years.

There’s a pattern with me, I like sharing my experiences and helping others if I can. I’m really proud of finding a home for this short children’s story I wrote when my daughter was a toddler (she’s now in college). I workshopped it rewrote it, submitted it and the rejections kept piling up. I was ecstatic when it finally found a home with Short Editions. They place story dispensers in many airports where you can get a free short story printed out. It’s very cool. What I’m most proud of, though, is bringing my vision to life. From concept to completion – it’s an amazing feeling to hold a tangible product in your hands and to put it out there into the world. Nurturing that first seedling of an idea and growing it into a finished work, readying it for print, it’s daunting but so worth it!

What makes you happy?
After this past year that we’ve all had, I’ve grown to appreciate the things we often take for granted. I’m happy and thankful for my health. I love spending time with my daughter and being entertained our cats. Whenever I can curl up with a good book or a good movie with a matcha latte in hand from the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, it’s a good day.

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