Writer by trade; storyteller by heart
I am Edia Lydia Stanford-Bruce, born in the Brambleton neighborhood of Norfolk, Virginia and educated in its public schools. I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil and singing even longer.
The thing is, art is life and writing is breath. As I cannot exist without a vibrant relationship with God, neither can I exist without art. My literary career began with one short story I wrote in the third grade about a forest fairy, which inspired my third grade teacher to begin creative writing in class. That introduced me to fiction writing and so stoked the fires of my romance with words that I dreamed of being an author. I made up stories long before the first day I entered school. Combining this with my love of books, it made perfect sense to me to begin my writing career by becoming a staff writer and authoring a book criticism column Booker T. Washington High School’s monthly newspaper, The Clarion.
I was among the first classes Norfolk State University School of Journalism graduated. As a student in journalism school, I was a staff writer for the campus newspaper, The Spartan Echo, campus correspondent to Black Collegian Magazine and collaborated in revising Norfolk State University’s student constitution. Being a fiercely independent spirit, I continued freelancing after graduation as a stringer to The Norfolk Journal and Guide, one of Virginia’s oldest black newspapers instead of joining the staff of the historical bastions of black journalism. I diversified into retailing, office administration, and education to support my writing habit. Now, my other love–the community stage–is a tale for another day. I’m just warning you about it here. In a re-careering attempt I earned the M.Ed. in early childhood education from Rutgers University, specializing in literacy and reading seventeen years after graduating with the BA in journalism.
As many writers are, I’m a voracious reader interested in many subjects. However, there are certain subject aisles in any neighborhood bookstore or library where anyone searching for me would surely find me: spirituality, personal growth, arts and crafts, history, Home and Garden (love Martha Stewart and the Barefoot Countessa!) and children’s literature. Some of the authors I admire most are Maya Angelou, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, and Dr. Steven Covey. My favorite fairy tales are Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty and Deidre of The Sorrows.
I returned to the Old Dominion in the Yuletide of 2008. Life in the thirty years away from home made its meandering way through many job changes (toils and snares…), home relocations in three states from New England to the mid-Atlantic, marriage, motherhood and now, empty nest. Today, the love of my life, my spouse of a quarter century, retired pastor Rev. Dr. George Bruce and I live happily in historic Reston, Virginia.
No. I have absolutely no intention of retiring. Rest that heresy!