Monday, January 2, 2012

Starting the Year of Positive: My Interiview with Cyrus Webb

Sunday, January 1, 2012

PROFILE: Author Omegia Keeys

by Cyrus Webb

After being introduced to her work in 2010 I actually had the opportunity to meet Omegia Keeys the person in October 2011 while she was on tour with her latest book RISE AND FALL OF A TRACK STAR and what an experience it was. You can feel her confidence right away, but it is tempered with her gratefulnes for what she loves to do, and that's writing.

This is not something that was new to her. When we sat down to talk about her journey as an author and what led her to write the book that chronicles many of her personal experiences good and bad, Omegia shared with me that reading and writing were things that were encouraged years ago.

It all really began in 9th grade, she told me, thansk to a teacher that took an interest in a group of girls and started a book club with them. The girls were encouraged to write questions for the discussion of the book. Omegia came to the discussion with stacks of questions and ready for the next selection. Even before that, however, she was known to write dialogue for her paper dolls, planning out scenes for them and leading them on a journey of her choosing.

Today she is doing the same with her books, attracting readers not only across the United States but beyond as well. When I asked her what surprises her the most about her success, she thought for a moment and answered: "That people actually like what's going on in the mind of Omegia!" This along with the feeling she has of living her dream brings her joy.

Anyone who has read Omegia's new book, RISE AND FALL OF A TRACK STAR, are introduced to a side of her life that is not always full of happiness or joy. We are able to see how she deals with abuse, being young and pregnant and the decisions she made that have enabled her to do what she is doing today. She told me that she wrote the book in about a month, and that the process was a liberating one for her. "I think I cried harder writing it than after the actual events," she shared. While she was going through the abuse she says she never went through the victim stage, never asked 'Why did this happen to me?'. "I was always a person that thought it could be worse," she says. This caused her to build a shell around herself and her feelings.

Today she sees the sharing of her story, the highs and the lows, as something that is good not just for herself but for others as well. "I think my life has prepared me for what Is next or ahead," says Keeys. "It takes alot to bother me now."

The attention she is getting for her craft is not something that she takes lightly. She told me that she sees her role as an author as being educational. The lesson for others to realize? When you don't make the right choices there are consequences.

There are some who might have folded under the abuse of given up, but Omegia says this was never an option for her. "I write about strong women because I came from a line of them. My grandmother had 20 kids. My mother had seven. Who am I not to be strong?"

She wants readers to be entertained but she also hopes the lessons she has learned and have incorporated in her books come through. "I don't want anybody to go through what I have," she says. "When you judge people you are victimizing that person all over again." Her key to success that she wanted to pass along? "Keep trying. Don't let the people that tell you that you can't do something influence you."

Following author Omegia Keeys' advice will definitely help you in your goal to begin living your life anew from the inside out.

To keep in contact with Keeys visit http://​fromthemindofomegia.b​ or http://​www.passionatewriterp​   


  1. Jessica MontgomeryJanuary 4, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    It's Juice!! Not sure if you'll read this. My mom and dad read the News Dispatch article with you and Bennie and bought Rise and Fall of a Track Star for me. Wow, what a book. I had no idea about all of the things you endured. I was pleasantly surprised that you mentioned me in your book! I remember everything you talked about in those track practices, including your vomitting! I'm so proud of all of your accomplishments and commend you for your success. Congratulations on everything. You deserve it!

  2. OMG!!! I can not believe it's you!The redhead speed demon.Of course I would mention you, you were my home girl!lol oh the Thank you so much for reading it. It means so much for the people who helped shape my life to read. Even at a young age you had a big heart. All the best.


  3. Jessica MontgomeryJanuary 5, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Thanks for writing back, Omegia! I had to google you b/c I am not a Facebooker! Glad I found your blog here. Your book got me reminiscing about old times. I have to say my favorite memory about you was when you raced that Clark girl (think that was her name)from Rogers and it was a close one and she was trash talking. I think she said something like I feel like I won the race and you said, no, I KNOW I won the race. Classic! So glad to have connected with you after all these years. :)


  4. No problem lady! Well I guess I can stop looking for you on FB then. I am only on there to promote my books. I can not get into the things some are into. No her last name was Cain and I made sure she was never close again after They always talked trash, but so did there coach. Good ole cross town rivalry. You know you have me messed by the time I got to college, right! I was not used to an all black sprint team and it was a very hard adjustment for me. You just don't know how much you made my year lady!


  5. Jessica MontgomeryJanuary 6, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    LOL! Well I always thought I was black in the inside anyway!! It's funny b/c in your book you mentioned how I had replaced someone on the relay team and that got me thinking about when Bennie called me in his office to tell me I was being put on the 4x100 relay team. He said, "You know, I've never had a white girl on my 4x100 relay team before". I wanted to be on that relay so bad! You, me, and Nikki had some fun times! But dang that vomitting was something else! And who knew you were such a fighter? Not me...!

  6. LMAO! lol you must have been in another life. You were the addition we needed. I loved how girls would underestimate you at events and you would run them down. I was mad you couldn't run the 4x400 as well. lol leave me and my weak stomach alone. That's because I never started those fights. I was so scared of my Mom and Bennie. Once they were over it wasn't anything to brag about.


  7. Jessica MontgomeryJanuary 9, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    OMG, girl you crazy! There is no way I could have run in the 4x400 relay. Hands down, the 400 is the hardest race and I always thought you were nuts for running it! I could barely keep a full sprint in the 200. I'm glad I was always on your good side. No way I would want to feel the Omegia wrath!

  8. I thought coach was nuts for putting me in it too. Then I grew to love it! Lol you had nothing to worry about woman. It took a lot to get on my bad side but once you did there was no coming back.