My Story

Rona D. Drinkard (Rona D.), is a self-published award-winning author who manages a team of project managers by day and a writer by night. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Daemen College and her Master of Science in Human Services Administration from the SUNY Buffalo State College. It’s no surprise that with her educational background, she has worked in almost every field that serves people both young and old. In 2017, as a Buffalo, NY native, she was the second recipient to receive the “Homecoming Black Achievers Award” and was featured in local newspapers such as The Challenger and The Buffalo News. Rona has won multiple literary awards with the most recent being the 2022 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Book Award for General Fiction, the 16th Annual National Indies Excellence Award (NIEA) Finalist for African American Fiction and received the 2022 NIEA Juror’s Choice Award, selected by award-winning author Chris L. Terry.

Rona was inspired to write a book after relocating to Maryland with her daughter. She missed her Buffalo family and friends, and writing became a way for her to maintain the connection to those she loved. Out of that came her debut novel, Friendship Matters, and she is now writing the sequel.

Although Rona writes fiction novels that focus on family, love and friendship, her primary preference for reading and or watching television, is sci-fi. It allows her to focus on things outside of her day-to-day and experience the unimaginable. Her favorite author is Octavia E. Butler, who was the first black science fiction writer Rona encountered over 20 years ago. The first novel she read of hers was Kindred. She still raves about that book to this day. Rona decided that once she finished Kindred, she’d read every book Ms. Butler had written. Well that she did, even Lilith’s Brood. Since then, she’s been introduced to and developed a love for Author Tananarive Due as well. Shocked that Rona truly has a love for sci-fi? Don’t believe it? I suggest that whenever you have a chance to chat with her, just ask about the tv series Lovecraft Country. She will give you an earful.

Ironically, her love for reading actually started with the the novel Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews and grew from there. Rona also enjoys authors such as L.A. Banks, Terry McMillian, Sistah Souljah, Valerie Wilson Wesley, Eric Jerome Dickey, E. Lynn Harris, Toni Morrison, and we can’t forget Alice Walker. Rona’s introduction to Ms. Walker was a novel called The Third Life of Grange Copeland. She could not put that book down, read it in one day.

Outside of reading and writing, Rona loves coffee (Tim Horton’s), wine (newly acquired taste), event planning (nicknamed “team too much”), singing (RBC 4 Life), traveling (as often as possible), socializing (loves to host and attend), and creating (addicted to her Cricuit machine). Additionally, she enjoys watching tennis, boxing, basketball, and football (proud Buffalo Bills fan) with her husband (a NY Giants fan). You can just imagine the atmosphere in the Drinkard’s home when these two teams meet.

Rona currently resides in Maryland with her husband, Haashim, daughter Nylah and granddaughter Layla. You can connect with Rona D. by following her on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the links at the bottom of this website.


Hometown Recognitions & Proclamations

Rona D. Drinkard returned to her hometown of Buffalo for the Author Talk, Book Signing & Social, on April 30th held at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library. Buffalo, New York, the inspiration for her Award-winning fiction novel “Friendship Matters”, showed so much support from the planning, execution and attendance of family, friends, elected officials and dignitaries and sponsored by Black Achievers Inc and Big Trash Removal. The acknowledgment and recognition of Rona’s self- published accomplishments led to April 30th being declared as “Rona Drinkard Day” in both the City of Buffalo and Erie County.

  • The City of Buffalo Common Council Seal of the City Ulysses O. Wingo, Masten Council Member & Darius G. Pridgen, Council President, Ellicott Council Member
  • State of New York Legislature of Erie County Buffalo, NY Congratulations and RecognitionHon. April N.M. Baskin, Erie County Legislator, 2nd District
  • New York State Senate CertificateTimothy M. Kennedy, New York State Senator, 63rd District
  • City of Buffalo Executive Chamber Proclamation of “Rona Drinkard Day” being April 30th – Mayor Byron Brown
  • County of Erie – State of New York – Office of the County Executive – Executive Proclamation of “Rona D. Drinkard Day” being April 30thMark C. Poloncarz, Erie County Executive

Meet the

Friendship Matters Team

Haashim Drinkard

From Newark, New Jersey

Beta reader & Author’s husband

Desiree Durant

From Bronx, New York

Beta reader & Author’s bestie

Latrida Hillman-Evans

From Buffalo, New York

reader & Author’s cousin

Aubrey Marshall

By way of Buffalo, New York

reader & Author’s bestie

Dana Ransom

From Washington, DC

Reader & author’s friend

Shawn Evans

From Bronx, New York

Reader & author’s cousin

Patricia Chisim

From Buffalo, New York

Reader & author’s friend

Donna Willis

From Newark, New Jersey

Reader & author’s cousin

CONTACT

For inquiries or to share your thoughts about Friendship Matters, please contact Rona at info@ronadwrites.com

For all correspondence, please use:

Rona D. Drinkard

15480 Annapolis Road, Ste. 202

#158

Bowie, MD 20715

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