We had the good fortune of connecting with Rubie Mizell and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rubie, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I have always loved to read and write. As a teen, while other girls were out chasing their crush I was in the library reading. My mother would have to call the public library near our home and tell them to send me home. I would be buried away in the back of the library curled up reading books. In 2013, I decided to write my first children’s book while pregnant with my daughter. My goal was to release right away. As I started to call illustrators I became discouraged. The prices were insane. So I just put the manuscript away. In 2018, I thought about my book again. I called some more illustrators and it was the same thing. I received quotes for over $1000 for just the illustrations. This time I did not give up. I started to do my own research, met some like minded illustrators and published my first book within 2 weeks. I was able to do everything under $600. I started to get a huge response and one of my friends Monique Cooper and her son wanted to publish their first book, “The Adventures of Javan and the 3 As”, and asked for my help. I put a small team together and started TylaGrace Publishing. TylaGrace Publishing was created to help guide and encourage new authors (children and adults) on their journey to become self-published authors and avoid costly mistakes.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I got to where I am today by not giving up. I am not where I want to be but I believe I am on the path. Regardless of the failures and obstacles, I always pick myself back up and push forward. I am a Mizell. My family is full of success stories and a major part of Black History in South Florida. It’s in my blood to succeed. I learned that Achieving your dreams and goals will never be that easy. It’s always going to be some hurdles along the way but you keep striving. Always open your mind to new things and humble yourself to learn from others. You don’t know everything! My story is filled with obstacles I had to overcome and I did. From low self-esteem, domestic violence, being a single mom, college drop out, battling depression , anxiety, fear, and losing everything but I always kept my faith and joy in my heart. I still remained Rubie. My brand is built From my passion to help others. Whether it be with starting their own business, mentoring through my nonprofit group or becoming an author I am here to help. It’s an fulfillment watching others be successful, overcome their fears and/or obstacles and follow their dreams.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, I am temporarily living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It’s more exciting here during the summer. They have festivals and events weekly. But due to the pandemic, a lot has been postponed. Other than that, we could enjoy ourselves at Wisconsin Dells where they have the best water parks. Back home in Miami, Florida, we would definitely eat at all the new restaurants., take a boat tour of star island looking at all the mansions, go to Vizcaya, tour Art Deco, etc. It’s so much to do there!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this shout out to my children. They are the reason why I wake up every morning and keep striving to do better and be better. I want to be successful not only for myself but for them. I want to show them that they should never give up and keep pushing forward and follow their dreams regardless of what life throws at you.

Website: www.tylagracepublishing.com

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