Meet The Author…
Born, Fiord’ Aliza Charles on September 2, 1979 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; to a wonderful Mother, Julia Carrasco & Father Luis Emanuel Charles. Fiordaliza is her mother’s only child but,she does have other siblings on her Father’s side.
Her family migrated from the Dominican Republic to Hoboken, New Jersey in late August of 1988. In early February of 1990, her family relocated again to Manhattan,N.Y; where she began her 3rd grade Elementary Education at Ralph Bunche Elementary (P.S 125) and soon after her graduation she attended Junior High School Roberto Clemente (I.S 195) also located in Manhattan N.Y
In 1992 after her parents separation, Fiordaliza and her mother relocated to the Bronx, N.Y where she began attending Adlai E. Stevenson High School but, in her last semester she had to transfer to an alternative high-school due to her pregnancy of her now 13 years old daughter Kadiya S. Smith. Through all of these changes, she still managed to obtain a high-school diploma.
In Summer of 1998, she began her studies as a Teacher’s Aide at the Bronx Community and started working at Bronx E.O.C where she loved working but, her job ended because, there was no more funds left of her work study budget and she had to wait another semester for more funds to become available but, she also did not get to finish her studies due to the fact that she and her husband Mr. Jefferies relocated to Lexington Park, Maryland that very next year, where they resided for about four years.
In summer of 2003 after separating from her now ex-husband, she decided to relocate back to New York City and she moved in with her mother Julia, she and her mother did not get along all too well because her mother complain a lot about the times that she would come back in the house and with a child and at age of 24 and having her own place before Fiordaliza was used to following her own rules, so Fiordaliza decided that maybe it was best that she left her mothers home and find her another place to call her own.
She found a room in Brooklyn, NY, which was very nice and it had its own private entrance, a kitchenette, a small fridge and she only had to share the bath room with the other household members but, the place was closed down for too many failed inspections and she decided that instead of going back to her mothers house she will give the shelter system a chance. As life would have it going to the shelter was a journey in life which Fiordaliza will not soon forget.
Everyday was a challenge for her, because, she had to be up at 5am and get her sleepy daughter ready to board a bus that would take them back to the E.A.U which was the waiting place to a room for the night. Everyday she had to buy outside food because, the food at E.A.U made them both sick the first time she tried it, she had to travel with their belongings everywhere she went and she had to get back to E.A.U before 6pm and sometimes she had to wait until almost midnight to take the bus back to a place where they would sleep for the night but, Fiordaliza rarely slept because, she had to watch her belongings and make sure her daughter was safe. Fiordaliza lost a lot of weight during this time and her friends often asked her to stay with them but, she was determined to get her own place and would say no every time, after 5 weeks, she was finally approved for a T-1 apartment which is a private room with two beds, a bathroom and a kitchenette where she and her daughter were able to live while they waited on their section 8 or housing applications to be approved.
Fiordaliza felt like giving up at times but, her daughter’s innocent face reminded her that she had someone else to fight for and she dismissed that word immediately. She learned that most of the people at the shelter have been there for two or more years because, of different reasons but, she decided that would not be the case for her and her daughter and she made sure that she did all that was asked to get out of what she called prison for the homeless. On July 5th, 2005 she was granted Section 8; a program which helps individuals to pay a portion of their rent and with this help, came new beginnings for Fiordaliza and her daughter. On August 31, 2005 Fiordaliza and her daughter got their first set of keys to their apartment and Fiordaliza gained her independence, freedom and confidence back.
On December of 2005 Fiordaliza decided to finish what she started at Bronx community College and she registered to take Paralegal Studies, she was placed in a program called C.O.P.E, which helps college students that are on welfare to do their work assignments during school hours, her first job was as a Clerical Aide and assistant to Mrs. Lavonne Gunter-Hall at the Academic Advisement Department she worked there for about a year and a half but, when she returned for her last semester, she discovered that Mrs. Gunter- Hall was promoted as an Administrative Assistant for another department and Fiordaliza was transfered to a Computer Lab as an Assistant to Mr. Jonathan Guerra which, she enjoyed working for because he was as easy going and allowed her to enhance her computer skills. She worked at the computer lab until a week before her graduation.
Furthermore, Fiordaliza was also a part of the College Discovery Program, a program that helps students grow academically and also personally. Her mentor and friend Mrs. Rosenberg-Bellabe Cassandra awarded Fiordaliza on May 5th 2010 with a Perseverance Award, for her diligence and commitment towards attaining an associates degree under extremely difficult circumstance, that was a very happy moment for Fiordaliza because, she was finally being recognized for her hard work and on May 10, 2008 she graduated from Bronx Community College and obtained an Associates in Applied Science for Paralegal Studies with a very close to 3.0 G.P.A, among with many other awards and letters of recommendation.
On July 7th 2008 Fiordaliza began to work as a Paralegal for the A.R.P Department, a department with in A.C.S. which is the agency for children services. She worked very close with other government agencies that helped families who had lost a child due to a fatality or sudden death to help the families find resources needed such as counseling, help for the cost of the burial and more. Fiordaliza’s main role was to do research, file the cases and deliver documents as requested and maintain a data base of cases to be storage at the A.C.S warehouse also prior to every meeting she had to reserve a room, order food/beverages and processes payments due for the vendors and other agency members that attended each meeting. She loved working for A.C.S but, as life will have it on January 10th 2009 she was laid off because, she was one of the last people that were hired during this economy recession.
Fiordaliza has never been a quitter and she has been actively looking for work ever since the laid off and on November 8, 2009 she decided that it was time to take her poetry to another level. She submitted her manuscript of her first book entitled”My Poetic Heart” to Publish America and it was accepted immediately and she obtained a 7 yr contract for her book and became the first family member to ever write a book. “My Poetic Heart” was officially released on April 9th of 2010.
On March 10,2010 she started some volunteer work as an author for Up The Way Magazine, an online magazine that provides people with articles of many topics which includes art, sports, fashion, introduces new music, artist to the world and they also give recognition to people from the past whom have made a significant contribution to the world. Fiordaliza, wrote about 7 articles for this magazine which included topics about life events and recognition to Ms. K. Washington the first African American valedictorian at the University of Notre Dame and she was also recognized as Beauty Of The Week” which is an article about woman inner beauty but, as faith will have it she had to quit this job because, her book production was very demanding of her time.
On July 24, 2010 Fiordaliza, was also featured at SeeingGrowth.com a website developed by: Emmanuel Brown that promotes black men and black woman from all over the world making a difference in their community and other life aspects. To read the full story please follow this link bellow:
On July 30,2010 Fiordaliza, presented a new manuscript to Publish America entitled “Poetic Embrace”
On sept 2, 2010 My Poetic Embrace was accepted exactly on her 31’st birthday and what more could she had asked for as a her birthday gift. The book is now at the printing stage and the release day will soon announced.
On September 8th 2010 Fiordaliza was Declared Traffican Ent “God Mother” and continues doing all she for the band to succeed.
On October 28, 2010 Fiordaliza made her first radio appearance at SARFM and joined host Rodney Bow Tie Harraway for his talk show “Real Talk With Rodney”
where he gave Fiordaliza the opportunity to promote her book and voice her opinion on topics such as her life events, parenting and some of the youth issues we are having today.
We can go on for days about Fiordaliza and her accomplishments but, she decided that we close this bio with these few words by her.
“I believe that if you work hard for what you want in life, you will soon discover that it will pay off”, God is the only thing that you should ever fear.
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