Monda Raquel Webb was born in Charleston, West Virginia
in July of 1968. She was brought into this world while both parents
attended West Virginia State, thus the nickname “campus baby”.
Academia rubbed off on Monda by way of an absolute LOVE and RESPECT for the English language. Sound good? The true story is that she talked so much as a toddler, her mother, Cynthia Webb, told her books were her best friend. And she believed it. So, at age four, her love affair with books began. She read everything she could get her hands on, including Our Bodies, Ourselves and when, at age 6, she asked her mom what was “Preg-Nancy?” Cynthia decided she would channel Monda’s interests.
She suggested books like Wuthering Heights, The Sun Also Rises, Jane Eyre, Beowulf, The Catcher in the Rye, you get the picture. Monda devoured Dudley Randall’s The Black Poets, and revered such writers as Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, J. California Cooper, Ann Petry, Dorothy West and Gwendolyn Brooks. She began writing poetry and short stories before she was 10.
Rotating between divorced parents, Monda attended day care and public
schools in Florida, Arkansas, Maryland and the District of Columbia,
graduating in May 1986 from Montgomery Blair HS in Silver Spring, MD. She
attended the University of Rhode Island on a basketball scholarship and
switched to track in 1987, where she held the school triple jump record of
40 feet for several years. She graduated with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism
in May, 1990.
After graduation, Monda worked on a mayoral campaign as a Press Advance person. She experienced the joy of working for the first woman mayor of Washington, DC, Sharon Pratt, and landed a job at the Office of Cable TV, City Cable 16, where she learned TV from the ground up, serving as a grip, production assistant, traffic coordinator, producer, reporter and on-air personality.
By 1999, Monda thought heavily of her own mortality, and figured if she died tomorrow, what would she have wanted to accomplish? The answer came quickly. She’d share the poems she’d been writing for several years with the world. Molding herself after her father Robert Webb’s entrepreneurial spirit, she self-published a book of poetry in 2000. Seven years later, Monda published her first novel after “playing around” with it for 10 years. Her ultimate goal? To be signed by a major publisher and write several “unforgettable” novels, short stories and poetry books.
Currently,Monda works in Corporate America, sells Real Estate, appears on HGTV as a featured Realtor on “Designed to Sell” and “Get it Sold”. Monda also manages her publishing and freelance writing company, Latebloomer 2000, LLC and has several projects and “collabs” planned in the next few years.
Clay Dirt & Mountains
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Perfect Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Monda Media, LLC; First edition (June 1, 2012)
Know who you are and whose you are - for it determines the course of your destiny.
Good storytelling is timeless. Author Monda Raquel Webb packs her goodie bag of stories with unabashed honesty, American history and essential life lessons.
From the red clay of Georgia to the majestic mountains of West Virginia to the Federal Enclave of Washington, DC, four short stories poignantly demonstrate the resilience of the human spirit over adversity.
Dawson, Georgia 1939: A dangerous run-in with the Ku Klux Klan teaches a lesson of self-worth.
Albany, Georgia 1961: In the midst of the Civil Rights Albany Movement, a teacher is blackballed in her home state of Georgia for trying to get African Americans to register to vote and is sent to teach on an Indian reservation.
Beckley, West Virginia 1948: A coal miner's family tries to survive when the sole provider's foot is severed.
Washington, DC 2012: A young woman fights the power structure in a David vs. Goliath story against the backdrop of the most political city in America, the Nation's Capital.
Life is Like a Soul Train Line
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Paperback: 227 pages
Publisher: Latebloomer 2000 (October 1, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
In a city where power struggles take place daily on Capitol Hill, another power struggle is taking place beyond the monuments; namely between Damion Eric Cross, his girlfriend Crystal Renee Leonard and his girlfriend, Madison Paige Robinson. You can only juggle so long before you drop a ball, and eventually, in a town as city slick and country cool as Washington, DC, the two women are bound to discover one another. But how do you manage the truth once you know it? Is it possible to love two people at once? Is it possible for one man to stay faithful to one woman in a city bursting at the seams with beautiful, professional women and an obvious shortage of good brothers? Read 7:33 a.m., and judge for yourself. The story takes place during the course of a year, from 1999 to the millennium, as the plot grows along with the main characters. 7:33 a.m. paints Washington, DC as a character among a cast of rich and memorable characters who range from simple to complex to somewhere in-between. 7:33 a.m. is funny, honest, unflinchingly real, and sure to make you run the gamut of emotions, from laughter to anger to tears. You will definitely hollar out loud, as this story touches you in only ways you can relate to with your own personal experiences.
A Peek Into My Soul Redux
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Perfect Paperback: 124 pages
Publisher: Latebloomer2000 (October 24, 2007)
A Peek Into My Soul Redux is poetry in motion. The poems take visual shape, jump off the page, slide in your psyche and jumpstart your imagination - subtly. A snapshot of the human experience, Redux touches on the little things that make life - life, such as politics, love lost and won, family, friendships, spirituality and religion, showcasing life in all it s glory; the good, the bad and the ugly. If you think about it, the word live is evil spelled backwards. We spend so much of our lives trying to overcome the funk that lurks in the shadows, but the answer to succeed mightily is in us. Now if the letters v and e, are added to love spelled backwards, you get evolve. So let us continue to evolve and live through love, by love and for love and embrace life, living to the fullest extent humanly possible, reveling in God s amazing Grace.
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