Attention single mothers who think they can’t live their dreams; Tamika Newhouse became a single mother as a teen and is now a best-selling, award winning, self published author and the founder of a highly successful book publishing company, Delphine Publications. She is also the CEO of Obsessive Soul Media with plans for short films, stage plays and much more. She has been featured in Uptown Magazine, Essence, Juicy Magazine, Vibe Vixen Magazine, and now The Dangerous Lee News & Entertainment Network!
In a recent letter written to your younger self published on your website, The Passionate Spot, you mention that you have a hard time relating to people. Why is that?
I am a unique person; I lack the desire to want to be in crowds and within groups. Naturally I am a loner and choose to be a home body. The simple life is me. So I lack the skills sometimes to interact with others thus I don’t relate to them as I should.
You moved from Forth Wort to Atlanta, a city known as Little Hollywood; do you see California as a future home?
Absolutely not. Not only am I going to return to Texas one day and be bi-coastal but California is expensive. I like Atlanta because it’s still the south but I choose to live in the suburbs of Atlanta because the city itself is too crowded and full of a lot of fake people.
You’ve been very open about your past weight issues, what type of health and fitness routine do you follow? You look great!
I now eat every three hours or so in small portions and I am in the gym 3-4 times a week. I had the desire to lose weight so that I could have better odds of living a longer life. I did a drastic change in my life, hence I had a life style change not a diet.
You recently tweeted that you’re working on titles to be released in 2014. What type of writers/books catch the attention of Delphine Publications?
I like to look at hungry artists. Ones who don’t mind be taught the business and how to brand themselves. I am looking for novels that reflect black readers currently.
Have you experienced any downsides of receiving a certain level of success and notoriety?
Absolutely I have. My level of success brings a lot of hate and sometimes stalkers. I have been threatened or stalked before due to my public figure platform. I have also been talked about negatively from my peers. I shake all of the negativity off because in the end their opinions do not determine my future. God does. I use it as motivation.
Many women, including myself, are looking for revenue to further promote their business and brand. Did you receive any type of grants along the way?
No ma’am, I simply work hard at every dime that comes into Delphine. The investment I have put into myself for years has now come back tenfold. If you do lack the resources to do what you desire fundraisers and donation campaigns for a particular project are always ideal.
Tell us about your new release, Cookie Too:
Cookie Too is a story based on the life of a young woman who is the sister to the character of Cookie in the first book. It details the story of a young girl who did whatever she could illegally to be loved by any man who would accept her. It gives an example to young women on what not to do.
What is the future for Delphine Publications and Tamika as a person?
We are building onto our roaster of authors and have numerous titles set to release once a month of a next several months. We also will be touring the country hitting major cities like Cincinnati, Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, Charlotte, Miami, and more.